The UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards are intended to encourage the interest of African American undergraduate students in furthering their science education and pursuing biological, chemical or engineering science careers by providing tuition support and opportunities for research and engineering experience in a state-of-the-art industrial laboratory.
Eligibility: To be considered for the UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards, an applicant must be: African American (Black); enrolled full time in a four- year college or university in the United States; and a junior who will be a degree candidate in the
2015-16 academic year; a life or physical sciences, or engineering major. Physical sciences majors must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry by the end of the 2013-14 academic year. First professional degree (Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.D.S, etc.) majors are not eligible. Applicants must also be a student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale who are committed to the ten to twelve-week summer internships at a Merck facility, and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Funding: At least 15 Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards will be made in 2015. Each award is up to a maximum of $30,000 that consists of a scholarship award of up to $25,000 and a summer research internship. For administrative purposes, the scholarship portion of the awards will be sent directly to the institutions of the award recipients. As the scholarship award is intended to support the award recipient?s tuition, room and board, and billable fees, no part of the award may be used for indirect costs. Awards are not transferable and may not be used at institutions abroad. Awards will be distributed for a September 1, 2015 start date.