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UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarships


The United Negro College Fund and the Merck Company Foundation announce the availability of the

UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards.


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These awards are a component of the UNCFMerck Science Initiative,

the goal of which is to support the training and development

of world-class African American biomedical research scientists.

At least 15

UNCFMerck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards

will be made per year. The competition is open to all students

who meet the eligibility criteria. Award recipients will be selected

based on the applicants’ abilities and accomplishments. 


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.


Awards up to $25,000.

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.

Scholarship Award and Summer Internships

Each award recipient will receive a Scholarship Award of up to $25,000 to support tuition, room and board, and billable fees for the academic year 2015-16. Award recipients will be known as UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Fellows. An award recipient may not receive more funds than are adequate to cover his/her tuition, fees and room and board costs for one academic year.

In addition to the scholarship award, each award recipient will be mentored by a scientist and eligible to receive a ten to twelve-week Merck Summer Internship assignment. The internship assignment will take place during the summer of 2015.

In summary, each 2015 award will consist of the following:

  • Internship Opportunities will be available and applied for separately
  • Tuition scholarship of up to $25,000 for the academic year 2015-16

Department Grant( Case by Case discussion- will not be offered in 2014- 15)

The award recipient’s department may apply for a Department Grant of up to $10,000. The actual amount of the Department Grant will total the amount of funds remaining from the scholarship portion of the award after all tuition, room and board, and billable fees have been paid, up to $10,000. The Department Grant is intended to support  research in the department and may be used to purchase research supplies and equipment or support scholarships for other students in the department. The Department Grant may not be used to support salaries, travel, or indirect costs.


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
  • 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.
  • A student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Committed to the ten to twelve-week summer internships at a Merck facility
  • A citizen or permanent resident of the United States.


A UNCF●Merck Selection Committee consisting of educators, scientists and engineers will review applications and select award recipients. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their GPA, their demonstrated interest in furthering their scientific education and pursuing a career in scientific research or engineering, and their interest in and ability to perform in an industrial laboratory.


Online applications must be submitted by December 2, 2014, at

All required information (marked with an *) must be entered or submission will not be allowed.

Save each page as you fill in the requested information before going to the next page. Failure to do so may result in your being required to reenter information.


Recommendations from three individuals are required for a complete application.  All three Recommendation Forms must be submitted before December 2, 2014.

In order to give recommenders the maximum amount of time to submit their recommendations, you should enter all information for your recommenders as early as possible. To invite references, please save current application and return to your landing page. Under the landing page, scroll to the very bottom of your page to, "Your Scholarship Applications." Click on the Programs's details link. The details page will display the UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Application Status--scroll to the bottom of the page and click on, "Invite References". This generates an email to each recommender notifying them of your application and request for their recommendation. They should log on to the website and register as a reference using the invitation code and information contained in the email, then cut and paste a letter of recommendation for you into the text box.


The following item must be cut and pasted into the text box from your computer

   -Career Interest and Goals Statement (up to two pages)


The following items must be uploaded as documents by December 2, 2014. Without these items, an application is considered incomplete.

   -Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (copy of birth certificate, U.S. passport, Resident Alien Card). Drivers license or Social Security Cards are NOT proof of citizenship.

   -Recent undergraduate transcript

Please complete the online application and submit it, along with the other items required, by midnight December 2, 2014. All items must be entered online including proof of citizenship and transcripts. Nothing will be accepted by postal mail. Other information may be requested from: Carita Marrow., Relationship Manager, UNCF●Merck Science Initiative,, (202) 810-0331.

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