Member Spotlight: Goshen College

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Goshen College helps first-generation college students pay for tuition through a newly awarded grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The five-year, $598,000 award will provide need-based scholarships to high-achieving students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

In addition to receiving up to $40,000 in scholarship money, recipients will engage in a variety of learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Some of these activities include:

  • Weekly science speaker series
  • Maple Scholars summer research program
  • Undergraduate research symposium
  • Annual Religion and Science conference

Goshen’s high-quality science programs and top-tier rankings made it an obvious choice for this NSF award. For example, in 2012, 100 percent of Goshen students who applied to medical school were accepted. This impressive number becomes even more meaningful when compared to nationwide statistics. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 43 percent of US medical school applicants are accepted.

In an effort to recruit underrepresented groups at Goshen, the scholarship program is working in conjunction with the college’s Center for Intercultural and International Education. With funding beginning in fall of 2013, incoming African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students are especially encouraged to apply.

Goshen is one of eight I-Light member schools to receive this NSF award. Other recipients include: Butler University, DePauw University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and St. Mary's College.