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United Negro College Fund ▪ Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarships

December 2, 2015
New Jersey
Full Year


The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) ▪ Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarships aim to assist African American undergraduates interested in science in furthering their science education and potentially pursuing science and engineering careers.  UNCF/Merck awards provide tuition support and opportunities to gain research experience.

Each scholarship provides up to $25,000 towards tuition, room and board, and other educational fees.  In addition, each scholar will receive a stipend of at least $5,000 for a summer internship in a Merck facility; mentorship by a Merck scientist is an important feature of the program.    

Candidates must be African American U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled full-time as juniors in any accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. at the time of application.  Candidates must be majoring in the life sciences, physical sciences, or engineering and maintaining a GPA of at least 3.3 on a four-point scale; they should also be committed to and eligible for a summer internship at a Merck facility.

A UNCF/Merck selection committee consisting of Merck scientists and engineers evaluates all applicants.  Recipients are selected based on their GPAs, 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.