BLACKWELL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The Elizabeth Blackwell Class of 1849 Pioneer in Science Scholarship program is named for Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman physician in North America. She received her medical degree from Geneva Medical College (now Hobart and William Smith Colleges) in 1849, graduating at the top of her class.
She continued her studies in Paris and later opened her own practice in New York in 1851. A few years later, with her sister’s help, she opened a clinic for poor women and children. In 1868 she founded the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary, one of the first medical schools for women.
The Geneva Medical College was moved to Syracuse and today is the SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine.
The Elizabeth Blackwell Class of 1849 Pioneer in Science Scholarship is awarded to first year applicants who have completed advanced science coursework, relevant research or participated in science related experiences. Blackwell scholars are expected to pursue coursework or research in the sciences at Hobart and William Smith. Demonstrated interest in HWS will also be considered in selecting Blackwell winners.
Students who wish to compete for a Blackwell Scholarship must meet the following requirements by November 15 if applying as an Early Decision Candidate or January 15 if applying as an Early Decision II or Regular Decision Candidate:
- Apply to Hobart and William Smith Colleges using the Common Application
- Submit the HWS Scholarship Application
- Complete an Admissions Interview
- Satisfy at least one of the following academic criteria: top 10% of their high school class, 90 GPA or equivalent, 28 ACT or 1270 SAT or receive a special recommendation from a school official.
Blackwell Scholarship Specifics
- $30,000 annual scholarship
- Winners have the opportunity to compete for one reserved seat at SUNY Upstate Medical by completing an essay as part of their scholarship application and meeting the requirements outlined at the bottom of this page.
- Winners may also compete for the Hersh and Wood scholarships by attending Scholar Recognition Day
- Recipients must meet satisfactory academic progress, uphold community standards and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA after the completion of two semesters at HWS.
- Blackwell Scholars will also be invited to an induction with faculty from the Sciences, assigned a faculty mentor in their chosen science field, be supported in the pursuit of a clinical or field research program or internship and provided access to a Pre-Health advisor if interested in pursuing an advanced degree.
Guaranteed Seat at SUNY Upstate
Blackwell Scholars interested in pursuing a career in medicine are also eligible to compete for a reserved seat in medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. Applicants interested in this combined BS/MD program are required to submit an essay as part of their scholarship application that details their career goals and relevant experiences.
Applicants who wish to compete for a reserved seat in medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine should be a U.S. Citizen or resident. Finalists for the BS/MD program will be required to come to campus (in late winter) for an evaluative interview with the Blackwell Selection Committee. Additional information about eligibility for and requirements of the BS/MD program is available from SUNY Upstate. Students accepted to the combined BS/MD program must satisfy program requirements to retain their reserved spot at SUNY Upstate. Currently these requirements include maintaining a 3.50 GPA and achieving a minimum score on the MCAT.
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