The purpose of the YES (Young Entrepreneur and Scholar) program is to prepare academically talented students to enter the workforce or continue on to advanced studies in their field, following the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field.
Financial Support for Industry Mentorship/Internship Opportunities
The YES program supports 15 new students each year for 2 years. The student must meet the YES program's eligibility requirements each semester to participate in the program. Participation in the YES program is contingent on placement with an industry mentor.
Year 1: $5,000 scholarship ($2,500 fall/$2,500 spring) 10-15 hours/ week, paired with an industry mentor at the company's premises.
Year 2: Up to $17,500 stipend based on hours worked for the internship at the company's premises (summer up to 40 hours/week, fall/spring 15-20 hours/week). Continuation to Year 2 is contingent on the company/industry mentor's approval and the availability of funds.
A YES Scholar recipient will have the following opportunities:
Participate as an intern in a company under the guidance of an industry mentor (YES Internship/Entrepreneurship path).
Attend the YES Distinguished Lecture Series, where the YES scholar will have the opportunity to attend the lecture and engage in conversation with a distinguished guest from academia or the government/industry sector.
Be part of the YES learning community (connects YES students, faculty, industry representatives, UCF staff).
Participate in the YES Annual Symposium, where a YES scholar will have the opportunity to showcase their experiences obtained from the internship activities.
Participate in workshops and presentations.
YES Program Sponsors
U.S. Department of Labor H1-B Technical Skills Training and Jobs Accelerator Grant
Florida IT Performance Fund
Workforce Central Florida
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization