Frequently asked questions

What are the criteria for participation?

Applicant must:

  • Be a resident of Western Kentucky, Northwestern Tennessee, or Eastern Missouri (View target area)
  • Be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and have completed Algebra I and one year of high school science
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a Math/Science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Commit to two four-week components for the summer program (first four weeks are off-site; second are on the Murray State campus)
  • Desire to pursue a math or science career in the future
  • Meet U.S. Department of Education guidelines for taxable income and/or be a potential first-generation college student
  • Submit a completed application to the AIMS office postmarked by the deadline and includes:
    • Release and consent forms for academic and medical information
    • A statement of academic and career interests
    • Recommendations indicating high potential for post-secondary success from each of the following:
      • School Counselor
      • Math Teacher
      • Science Teacher

How do I apply for AIMS?

The application packet contains all the necessary forms and paperwork to apply to the AIMS program. Only complete packets will be reviewed.

Student Application

You can also see your school counselor who can print it for you if needed.

What are the Guidelines of Taxable Income?

Taxable income, generally speaking, is the gross income of an individual or corporation, less any allowable tax deductions. Your taxable income is, in other words, the amount of your income that is subject to income tax.

What is a Low-Income student?

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

Federal TRIO Programs Current-Year Low-Income Levels

What is a First-Generation student?

A “first-generation” student is one whose parents have not obtained a four-year degree from a college.

If your parent(s) and/or guardian(s) attended college but do not have a bachelor’s degree (i.e., did not graduate), you are considered to be first-generation.

What is an AIMS Bridge student?

A bridge student is a participant who has successfully completed at least one summer program prior to entering the 12th grade.

During the summer program, bridge students enroll in two college level courses at Murray State University. Fees are covered by AIMS and Federal Financial Aid.  At the end of the summer, the top two students may be awarded a $500 scholarship to attend Murray State University.

All bridge students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA). A link for this can be found on the Resources Page.

How can I contact the AIMS Office?

AIMS Office
240 Blackburn Science Building
Murray, KY 42071
Main Office: 270-809-5429
Toll Free: 877-424-6777
Fax: 270-809-4351

You can also view our Staff page if you wish to contact someone directly.