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.