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Application Requirements

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021.

The CATALYST Academy application contains several parts. All must be submitted by March 15, 2021 (11:59 pm, EST) for full consideration. If you have questions about the application, please review our frequently asked questions page on applying.

A. Complete the Academy’s Online Application by March 15.

The application includes an essay (maximum 500 words) on:
– Your interest in participating in this program.
– What you hope to gain from the experience.
– Why you are interested in engineering.
– Your thoughts and plans for your future career.

We only accept online applications. Visit the application preview page to help prepare. We suggest completing the essay in a word processing program and copy/pasting it into the application.

B. Submit the supporting documents listed below on or before March 15:

1) High school transcript (required)

Please submit a current transcript that includes your current in progress coursework and most recent grades from the past semesters/academic year (e.g., 2019-20, fall 2020 semester).

Upload transcripts into the submission form or use the link at the bottom of this page.

2) High school Profile (required)

The profile may be obtained from your guidance office. If your counselor is unfamiliar with this, review a sample profile.

Upload profile into the submission form or use the link at the bottom of this page

3) Recommendation (required)

Academy Online Recommendation Form must be completed by a math teacher, science teacher or high school counselor. Email a link to the recommendation form to your recommender or provide him/her with a link at the bottom of this page.

4) Financial Assistance Form (optional)

The Financial Assistance Form is optional. Submit by March 15 if you have demonstrated financial need and wish to be considered for tuition and/or travel assistanceA parent or guardian will need to complete the Financial Assistance Form and upload income verification such as a W-2 Form, Federal Tax Return or Pay Stub(s). Remember to remove all social security numbers on the documents.