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Scholarship in Natural or Social Sciences

In order to encourage enrollment of qualified students into the natural and social sciences, the Chesapeake Research Consortium (www.chesapeake.org), a non-profit organization of six major research institutions in the Chesapeake’s watershed, is offering a $500 renewable annual scholarship to deserving high school seniors seeking higher education in watershed-related fields. Graduating seniors from the watershed’s public and private high schools who have been accepted to four-year colleges or universities and plan to enroll in natural or social science programs are eligible. Students interested in air, land, or water-related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Ideal applicants will document high school commitments to the sciences and a strong interest to continue this focus. High school seniors seeking the scholarship must provide an acceptance letter from a four-year college or university, documentation of high school class standing and GPA, two letters of support from high school faculty, and a 1500-2000 word description of future plans in the natural or social sciences. Applicants should also provide a cover letter and résumé documenting all high school achievements in the sciences; applicants can indicate fiscal limitations by including a copy of the household FAFSA summary. If selected, the scholar must provide proof of undergraduate enrollment through submission of documentation indicating attendance (e.g., photocopy of fee payment).

The scholarship can be renewed in the summer of each year on receipt of a scholar’s 1500-2000 word essay describing continued development and growth in his/her field, an institution’s official transcript documenting maintenance of a 3.0 GPA in the sciences, and two endorsement letters from the institution’s natural or social sciences faculty.

All award decisions will be made independent of gender, ethnicity, or physical attributes. For equally qualified applicants, fiscal resource limitations may be used as a criterion for final selection. Completed applications (except for fee payment verification) from high school seniors should be received no later than May 15; incomplete applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by late June, and fees will be subsequently transferred to the scholar once verification of enrollment has been received, e.g., photocopies of payments sent to the college or university.

All materials should be submitted to Dr. Kevin Sellner, Director, CRC, 645 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037.

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