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This initiative is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Kenton and Amy Brown Fund.
There can be times in an undergraduate student's experience when an unforeseen financial emergency threatens their ability to continue their studies.
The NMC Bringing Emergency Aid to Mentees (BEAM) fund provides small grants to NMC Mentees who are facing sudden financial emergencies so that they can continue their physics studies and earn their degrees. Students can apply and, if approved, receive funds within two weeks.
This fund is only for NMC Mentees.
Additional eligibility requirements are as follows:
In order to apply, the financial emergency must meet the following criteria:
NMC mentees fill out and submit an initial application, which is then sent to the NMC mentor* to provide additional information for the review committee.
*If you are an unmatched mentee, please email email@example.com to receive instructions on how to apply.
Most NMC mentees will request between $100 - $1000 at a time. Keep in mind, however, that there is a lifetime limit that will not exceed $5,000, which means that once you reach that amount, you may lose eligibility to request BEAM funds.
Note: BEAM funds are considered taxable income and may affect your financial aid package. We advise each student to check the impact of their request with their financial aid office.
Speak with your NMC Mentor about your financial emergency. They may have access to resources that can help alleviate your emergency financial need more quickly. Your NMC mentor will be asked to provide additional information to the BEAM fund review committee* on your behalf, so this is an opportunity to share details with them.
Log in to your NMC account and click the link for the BEAM fund application. Fill out all required information and submit the application. Your NMC mentor will be notified that you have applied and will see a copy of your application. They will be asked to provide additional comments, which are then sent to the BEAM fund review committee along with your application.
If you would like to provide any supporting documents such as bills or emails to be shared with the review committee, you may scan them into one PDF document and upload the document on the next screen.
Note: Please include your social security number on your tax form, it cannot be processed without this.
The BEAM fund review committee will review your completed application as soon as possible and you will be notified within 7-10 business days of their decision.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (301) 209-3622 if you have questions or concerns.
* The BEAM fund review committee is comprised of faculty members from the APS Committee on Minorities in Physics and APS staff.