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 1300 SAT or receive a special recommendation from a school official. Note: Submission of test scores is required.

Blackwell Scholarship Specifics

  • $30,000 annual scholarship
  • 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.


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