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Alice B. Hayes Science Scholarships/Fellowships

Award: The scholarship may be applied to semester, summer, or intersession courses at USD, and will not exceed $5000
Application Deadline: November 28, 2017

June 2003 marked the grand opening of the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology, and the retirement of Dr. Alice B. Hayes, President of the University of San Diego. As part of the opening of the Shiley Center, a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Hayes was therefore established in support of students who display merit and majoring in biology, chemistry or biochemistry, marine science, environmental studies or physics. Students may choose to use funding from the Hayes Scholarship fund to support summer and academic year research. A committee of faculty members from the four science departments will judge applications.

Application includes: 1. Student Information Form (available at the link below) 2. Student Essay – The essay will be based on the following question: How do your personal and professional goals align with the mission and goals of the University of San Diego? ( This essay may include references to courses (in the Core or in science), research experiences or other relevant experiences. 3a. To apply Hayes funding to tuition and coursework costs, the student must write a statement justifying the usage of the scholarship funds. 3b. To apply Hayes funding to support a research project, the student must include a two-page research proposal. You are encouraged to work in collaboration with your research mentor to draft the proposal. The research proposal should include a budget, not to exceed $5,000, which may be applied to travel (conferences or field studies), summer salary, research supplies and summer housing (on campus). 4. Three letters of support, including at least one letter from outside the sciences.

Application Requirements: 1) You must be majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Marine Science, or Physics. If you are awarded a scholarship, you must remain a student in one of these majors during the award period. 2) You must have a grade point average at or higher than a 3.25/4.00. If you are awarded a scholarship, you must maintain a 3.25 GPA or higher to continue the award for the second year.

USD Faculty Contact: Tammy Dwyer

Procedure: Hayes Application

Pathways to Science

Award: Summer internships, undergraduate scholarships and graduate program support.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016


Application Requirements: Series of scholarships to support students interested in undergraduate or graduate work in the sciences.

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