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UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards

Application Deadline

Early December

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be African American (black) U.S. citizens, juniors in academic standing; and majoring in the life sciences, physical sciences, or engineering. (Applicants majoring in the physical sciences must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry by the end of the application year). First professional (Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., etc.) majors are ineligible. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and be committed to and eligible for the summer internship at a Merck facility.

Scholarship Description

“African Americans hold less than three percent of PhDs in biology, chemistry and engineering today. Opportunities created by UMSI aim to increase the numbers of minority students in sciences and engineering.”

“Award recipients will be selected based on their GPA, their demonstrated interest in their own scientific education and a career in scientific research or engineering, and their ability to perform in a laboratory or engineering environment.” The awards granted are up to $30,000, which includes up to $25,000 towards tuition, room and board, and billable fees.



Photo of Martha PattersonMartha Patterson, Ph.D.

Professor of English
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