ACSS Scholarship Information

Applications for entering First Year Students is closed.  

Applications for transfer students (15 credits or more from an accredited undergraduate institution) are still available for the 2015-16 academic year. Use the link in the left navigation bar to apply for the ACSS program/scholarships.

Deadlines:  Applications will be considered beginning February 15, 2015 for prospective First Year Students.  Transfer students will be considered on a rolling basis beginning February 15; the last date to apply is June 1, 2015. Notification of awards is usually by the end of March.

  • All ACSS Scholarship recipients must have financial need, as determined by FAFSA.
  • All ACSS program participants must have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status.
  • All scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time at Augustana College.
  • Only completed application packages will be evaluated, which includes FAFSA, online application, and transcripts.
  • All applicants must show evidence of strong academic ability/potential as determined by...
    • the applicant must have at least one biology course, one math course, and at least one chemistry or physics course to be eligible; courses can be high school and/or college-level;
    • the applicant's high school or college/univeristy science GPA must be above 3.0 to be eligible for consideration.
  • An important consideration in the evaluation process is the applicant's career aspirations in the science field, as described in the ACSS Application Essay and demonstrated through course work and/or other life experiences.
  • Additional considerations.  The Scholarship Committee may use these criteria to further narrow a highly competitive applicant pool.
    • Is the applicant a member of a group underrepresented in the chosen science field?
    • Is the applicant a transfer student from one of our affiliate community college partners?
    • Did the applicant achieve a high score on the Augustana College Scholarship competition exam?
    • What was the applicant's ACT or SAT score(s)?
  • Funding for the ACSS  program comes from a a grant provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Should NSF discontinue funding the program, then scholarships will also end.
  • All scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time at Augustana College.
  • All ACSS Scholarship recipients must have financial need, as determined by FAFSA.  This will be re-evaluated each year and requires that a new FAFSA be completed each year of the scholarship.
  • An ACSS scholarship recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in science and 3.0 in nonscience courses, which is assessed by the ACSS program director at the end of each academic term.  If the GPA for a given term falls between a 2.0 and 2.99, then the scholarship recipient is placed on probation for a maximum of two terms during which time the Scholar has two terms to achieve a 3.0 GPA in the term. In addition, the scholarship recipient will be required to initiate additional study strategies, based on discussions with the ACSS program director.
  •  A scholarship recipient whose GPA falls below a 2.0 for any term or does not show the required grade improvement while on probation forfeits the scholarship and can reapply for reinstatement when the science GPA of 2.8 or higher is achieved in two consecutive terms.
  • An ACSS scholarship recipient must be making reasonable progress toward a major in one of the sciences, with the intent to graduate with the science major.  The pre-medicine and neuroscience majors are not considered science majors.
Lori Scott,
Feb 7, 2012, 10:22 AM