Deadline Set for URG chemistry scholarship

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RIO GRANDE — The University of Rio Grande School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is accepting applications for the Chemistry Academic Excellence Scholarship.

The application deadline for the scholarship is Oct. 21. Dr. John Means, chemistry and physics program coordinator, said the scholarship was created to help make receiving an education more accessible to potential students.

“This can help several students with the cost of tuition for the first two years. They will also have the chance to increase the amount of their scholarship as they continue to demonstrate academic achievement while pursuing a chemistry degree Rio,” Means said. “I’m really excited about this scholarship. These scholarships are renewable and help our students succeed.”

Means said studying science at Rio has several opportunities because of the small class sizes and personal instruction to help students reach their full potentials.

“Studying sciences at a school of Rio’s size allows us to develop closer working relationships with our students and help them learn the material on an individualized level,” Means said. “The smaller class sizes also allow students to have more time and opportunities in our research lab. This scholarship helps a larger number of our students experience these unique opportunities.”

This financial award is geared toward students looking to major in chemistry. Means said interested prospective students must complete the online application form and submit a letter of recommendation from a high school chemistry teacher. Participants must also apply for admission and submit academic transcripts to Rio Grande.

“This allows students coming to Rio to get a financial award right off the bat,” Means said. “This is a great opportunity for prospective students who want to be chemistry majors. This has been really helpful to our past winners who have gone on to enroll in graduate schools and medical schools and serve our community.”

The online application can be found at For more information on the scholarship, contact John Means at 740-245-7165 or email

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