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Merriam Internship Award

Dwight Merriam’68 (sociology) established this award to honor the memory of his aunt Oreana Merriam, who taught for many years in the Home Economics Department at UMass Amherst. He also acknowledges his sisters, Deborah Merriam ’71 (education) and Dorothy Merriam ’86, MS ’00 (nursing), who benefited from their UMass educations.

The award provides financial support to undergraduates who have an interest in public policy, law, ecological conservation, and/or real estate development for summer or semester-long internships.In addition, the Merriam Internship Award will strive to establish a mentoring relationship between recipients and Mr. Merriam. Through this advisor/student dialog, Mr. Merriam will offer his experience and vast network of contacts, giving students a significant competitive advantage upon graduation.

Eligibility: Preference will be given to students of junior standing who are taking an internship and have financial need as determined by the UMass Amherst Financial Aid Office. Candidates must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Evidence of internship placement is required.

Selection: Two awards of up to $2,000 will be made during the spring 2015 semester to support students taking summer or fall semester internships. The SBS scholarship committee will review applications and make selections based on the criteria detailed above.

Deadline to applyWednesday, March 30, 2016 

The recipients of this award will be expected to:

  • Write a thank-you letter to Mr. Merriam
  • Attend the scholarship reception on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Contact: Susan McDonough , Associate Director of External Affairs for Donor Relations

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

235 Draper Hall

40 Campus Center Way

Amherst, MA 01003-9244


Phone: 413.577-1202

Fax: 413.577.0905