Elizabeth Blackwell Class of 1849 Pioneer in Science Scholarship
Named for Dr. 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. Blackwell Scholarships are awarded to 10 students each year, and winners are selected by the Admissions Committee and members of the science faculty. Blackwell Scholar winners are invited to campus for a recognition day, in late winter.
Criteria: Applicants should demonstrate advanced science coursework, relevant research or science related experiences.
Additional Application Materials: An additional Teacher Evaluation Form or other teacher recommendation from a member of the science or mathematics departments; and an additional personal essay; a personal interview; and submission of SAT or ACT scores.
Personal Essay Topic: At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, we believe that our students will gain “Worlds of Experience,” leading them to “Lives of Consequence.” Elizabeth Blackwell, Class of 1849, truly embodied this concept. Known worldwide as the first woman to receive her degree as a Doctor of Medicine, Dr. Blackwell founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, helped found the National Health Society and was a pioneer in preventative medicine. Please describe how your science coursework, research or relevant experiences have helped shape your passion for scientific inquiry and your desire to pursue science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Award: A $25,000 scholarship.
Recognition and Benefits: All awardees will also have access to a faculty member as well as support in the pursuit of either clinical or field research as well as internships. They will receive an invitation to an induction dinner with science faculty.
Additional Awards: Students may also compete for the Hersh and Wood scholarships and the ability to compete for a seat at SUNY Upstate Medical University if they attend the Accepted Scholar Day program.