The Elizabeth Blackwell Class of 1849 Pioneer in Science Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for qualified first-year students. Those who meet and maintain the standards of the program are awarded an annual $25,000 scholarship and the ability to compete for a seat at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine at Syracuse upon their graduation from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
The 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.
Blackwell Medical Scholars receive:
a $25,000 scholarship for four years to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
the opportunity to compete for a reserved seat in medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine, if all program requirements are met.
To qualify applicants must be a U.S. citizen and must have minimum SAT scores of 1250 (reading and math) or an ACT Composite of 28, a high school grade point average of 90 or higher (or 3.7 on a 4.0 scale) and demonstrate commitment to a career in medicine. Students must also submit an additional recommendation from a teacher in the science or mathematics departments, as well as an additional personal essay.
In addition to these general requirements, the finalists will be required to come to campus (in late winter) for an evaluative interview with the Blackwell Selection Committee. The interview committee will then select the candidates for Blackwell Medical Scholarship.
Students who meet the requirements are encouraged to fill out and submit the scholarship application by January 1.*
*If applying for admission as an Early Decision I candidate, you must apply for the Blackwell Scholars Program by November 15.
NOTE: Since Hurricane Sandy has impacted the lives of millions of Americans, Hobart and William Smith Colleges are extending our Early Decision deadline from November 15th to December 1st. We understand that this is a very difficult time for many families, and that this deadline still may not be a sufficient amount of time to complete an early decision application. If this is the case we encourage you to contact our office. Notification for ED I will still take place by December 15th.