It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate suspension of the current FIRST season [including the Memphis FRC Regional] and the cancellation of both Championship events. This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of states of emergency across many states/countries, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools, and in light of developments over the past 24 hours. The health and safety of our community is our top priority, so we have decided to suspend all season play across all Programs worldwide, effective immediately, including the cancellation of both FIRST Championship events. Please know that FIRST Championship registration fees will be refunded.
This difficult decision was grounded in FIRST’s commitment to put the health and safety of our community above all else. During this challenging time, we have been working closely with our program delivery partners (PDPs) and event organizers around the world to navigate and mitigate the risks to our community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many of our events in the United States and around the world have been canceled or postponed, including more than half of all future FIRST Robotics Competition events. We acknowledge and appreciate the thousands of teams, parents, mentors, coaches and volunteers who have poured their hearts and souls into this season, and we share your disappointment.
The mission of FIRST has always been to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, and we continue to be deeply committed to this mission. We know that you will have questions, and we will provide answers in the following days and weeks as we navigate what has been an unprecedented time.
Scholarships are awarded in a range of $2,500-$10,000 per academic year and are renewable through your senior year based on continued eligibility and funding availability. Scholars will become a part of a STEM Community and will engage in a variety of academic, social, and career support programs designed to help them succeed academically and professionally.
In addition to providing significant financial assistance to Urban STEM
Collaboratory Scholars, the project also creates additional support for
Special Mathematics Course Sections
Academic Social Network
Urban STEM Scholars Summer Bridge Program
Faculty, Peer, and Career Networking Program
Open to Engineering or Mathematical Sciences majors at the University of Memphis
Must be an entering or current freshman at the time of application
Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 for entering freshmen
Minimum college GPA of 2.8 for current freshmen
Minimum of 26 composite score on the ACT, or equivalent
Must be eligible for financial aid as determined by the FAFSA