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Princess Closet Leadership Scholarship Essay

Science & Society awards outstanding candidates substantial scholarships to the Master of Arts in Bioethics & Science Policy program each year. Science & Society Leadership Awards are presented to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential to become leaders in making scientific advancements more accessible, just, and better integrated into society.

Guidelines for S&S Leadership Award

What qualities and accomplishments does Duke look for in S&S Leadership Award candidates?

Successful candidates are role models with an extraordinary desire to apply science and technology to address today’s most pressing problems. Applicants should have a strong capacity to understand the scientific, ethical, and policy issues arising from advances in science and technology. While a previous degree in science is not required, students must demonstrate an intuitive grasp of evolving technologies and have demonstrated leadership in an effort to address social issues through the use of science.

Applicants must possess the following qualities:

  1. Academic Excellence: Exceptional promise in the pursuit of scientific knowledge and understanding, as demonstrated through academic achievement, rigor, and intellectual hunger.
  2. Collaboration: Desire and commitment to productive and constructive collaboration with others.
  3. Service: Commitment to science in the service of society.
  4. Openness: Interest in learning from others, gathering multiple perspectives, and standing outside of their comfort zone.
  5. Potential for leadership: As evidenced by past leadership, interpersonal skills, and commitment to larger social concerns.


How do I apply for the S&S Leadership Award?

You must submit your completed application for the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy to the Duke Graduate School, including your GRE or MCAT scores, transcripts and three letters of recommendation by January 31, 2019.

In addition, you must submit an essay (no greater than 500 words) explaining how your achievements and personal attributes demonstrate the qualities to become a leader in science and society. This essay should be submitted directly to scienceandsociety@duke.edu with subject “2019 S&S Leadership Award Essay” by January 31, 2019.


What is the S&S Leadership Award decision process?

Our admissions and scholarship team, comprised of leading faculty and bioethics scholars, will give careful consideration to every application we receive. The top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

We will announce our selection of Award Recipients by March 1, 2019. Award Recipients must commit to accepting the award no later than April 16, 2019.

Other qualified applicants will be eligible for admission to the program and for consideration of both merit and need-based financial assistance.

Important Dates

January 1, 2019 – Complete applications for the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy and Duke S&S Leadership Award including:

March 1, 2019 – Scholarship decision announced
April 16, 2019 – Award Recipients acceptance and commitment to attend in the Fall 2019 semester

About the Service Leadership Scholarship Program

St. Olaf has a long tradition of community engagement and service. It is a value deeply embedded in the college culture.

To recognize and support prospective students who have demonstrated a commitment to investing in others through their vision, leadership, and service to organizations and projects that benefit their communities, St. Olaf has established a Service Leadership Scholarship. Awards will range from $2,000-$10,000, are renewable, and may be combined with other St. Olaf merit scholarships.

Service Leadership Awards

St. Olaf awards service leadership scholarships to students whose applications demonstrate deep engagement in a significant community initiative and evidence of positive impact on the lives of others. “Community” may be geographic, cultural, or religious. Evidence of a student’s engagement in community service and leadership will be found in his or her application essay and other written material, and in the letters of recommendation submitted in support of the application. There are no additional application requirements.


The Admissions staff will consider all students who have completed and submitted an application for admission. The names of students whose application demonstrates self-awareness, humility, and evidence of commitment to service, will be forwarded to the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for further consideration. Final scholarship awards will be made by the Dean.


Service leadership scholarship awards are competitive, but students cannot specifically apply or “compete” for this honor. It reflects the demonstrated commitment to service captured in the application for admission.


Note: Student may earn multiple merit scholarships, but the total value of all merit scholarships may not exceed one-half of the college’s comprehensive fee or the family’s demonstrated need, whichever is greater.

Students seeking consideration for merit scholarships only do not need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CSS PROFILE.

All students applying for need-based financial aid in addition to any merit scholarships must complete the FAFSA application to be eligible for federal funding and the PROFILE to be eligible for St. Olaf institutional funding. Both financial aid applications must be completed by the stated deadlines to ensure full consideration for all available funds.


For More Information

Contact your admissions officer at 507-786-3025 or toll-free 800-800-3025, or e-mail scholarships@stolaf.edu for other or more specific information about academic scholarships.

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