Gilman and ACS Scholarship

Sean McGinley,

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Many important deadlines regarding scholarship opportunities are approaching for students at Ursinus. Two of the scholarships being offered include the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and opportunities provided by the American Chemical Society Students interested in the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program will have until October 6th, 2020 to send in their applications to Dr. Julin Everett. Ursinus College describes the program as one that, “offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.” Specifically, this means students who have been the recipient of a Pell grant are fully eligible for this program, and thus to study internationally. This international study is an aspect of the larger goal of the administrators of this scholarship to bring about student preparation for occupations in an increasingly globalized world. The program, named after the late New York Senator Benjamin A. Gilman, has been managed by the U.S. State Department and further supported by the nonprofit Institute of International Education since 2001. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who apply and demonstrate financial necessity have the opportunity to earn up to $5000. Further scholarship opportunities are being provided by the American Chemical Society. Assistance in developing proficiency in scientific skills along with highlighting the rewards of science careers are some of the goals of these scholarship programs. The American Chemical Society is asking that students interested in their scholarship programs have a desire to undertake a career in “the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering, and students seeking a twoyear degree in chemical technology.” These programs were created with the intention of encouraging chemical science or chemical technology undergraduate degrees for African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian students. Thus, African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are chemistry or biochemistry majors have the opportunity to apply for these scholarship opportunities. Applications for these scholarships are being accepted starting November 1st, with the deadline being March 1st of 2021.