Supporting Inclusive Excellence Scholarship

A program to provide scholarships for highly motivated students with significant financial need who plan to major in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or Neuroscience.

The Supporting Inclusive Excellence Program provides scholarships funded by the National Science Foundation and Ursinus College.  

These scholarships are designed to provide academically talented students who demonstrate significant financial need with up to $8,500 a year in scholarship funding for four years. Scholarship recipients will also be invited to participate in programs that are designed to help them reach their fullest potential as Ursinus College students and graduates.  

How to Apply

Students must apply to Ursinus College using the common application to be considered.

The FAFSA form must be completed by the same deadline (Early Action, Early Decision 1, Early Decision 2, or Regular Decision) that the student chooses to apply to the college.

The Supporting Inclusive Excellence Scholarship Application must be received electronically OR on paper (mail or fax) by Ursinus College by February 10th.

Applicants may apply using the electronic application or by printing out and mailing in a paper application.

Electronic Application

Applicants should carefully read the application form so they can prepare their answers before completing the electronic version

PDF version of application

Complete and submit a paper copy of the application to:

Dr. Kathryn Goddard, SIE Coordinator
Department of Biology
Ursinus College
601 Main Street
Collegeville, PA  19426
Fax: 610.409.3633

What are the criteria for selection? 

Students who apply for this scholarship must fall into one of the following categories:

  • US Citizen
  • US National      
  • Alien admitted as refuge of the immigration and nationality act under Section 207
  • Alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence

Strong candidates for these scholarships will be highly motivated, academically talented students who plan to major in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or Neurobiology. 

Applicants must show financial need using the criteria of the Ursinus College Office Student Financial Assistance.   

Students who are first generation college students or from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

What are the terms of the scholarship? 

Scholarship recipients will receive up to $8500 a year for up to four years in addition to other aid depending on their individual financial need.

Programs exclusively for SIE scholarship students include:

  • A co-curricular program that accompanies BIO101 and BIO102 (the introductory biology courses taken by most students in their first year at Ursinus).  The co-curricular program will give students a boost in skills for classroom success.
  • A four day workshop in January (JBridge) to prepare scholarship recipients for BIO102 in the spring semester.   
  • A stipend for students who attend the January Bridge program.   
  • One-on-one special academic advising. 
  • Workshops on career selection and job interview preparation.   
  • The opportunity to compete for a research opportunity in the summer of the junior year that include a stipend and research supply funds.
  • The opportunity to apply for travel funds to internships and/or to professional scientific meetings to present the findings of scientific research the student has done. 

The academic progress of scholarship recipients will be evaluated yearly. To retain the scholarship, recipients must:

  • Maintain an outstanding academic record
  • Continue to major in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology or Neurobiology
  • Be a full-time student in good standing at Ursinus College


Finalists will be contacted by email to set up an interview that will occur on campus or by telephone.   

Scholarship recipients will be announced in Spring 2018.