New Chancellors' Merit Scholarship Fund at UMass Amherst Targeted to High School Seniors

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor John V. Lombardi has announced the Chancellors'' Merit Scholarship Fund, a new scholarship program targeted to outstanding high school seniors.

The Chancellors'' Merit Scholarship Fund, established in honor of all past and present chancellors and presidents at UMass Amherst, was created with the support of alumni and friends of the campus. The fund is being launched with $100,000 donated in recognition of Lombardi''s inauguration in February.

The four-year scholarships of $2,000 to $5,000 per year will be offered to incoming freshmen who have earned 3.8 weighted grade point averages and who have scored 1450 or higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). These students are routinely accepted at Commonwealth College, but do not have to enroll there to receive the awards. Students considering entering the University next fall are the first to be offered the new scholarships.

Said Lombardi: "Like all of America''s premier public research universities, we compete for the best students in our state, and the generosity of UMass Amherst alumni and friends makes possible this scholarship program, another enhanced opportunity for the Commonwealth''s exceptional college students."

"We are delighted to announce this program of support for our outstanding students," said Commonweath College Dean Linda Slakey. "It reflects our commitment to attract and serve the state''s most talented young people, which is a mission of Commonwealth College at UMass Amherst."

Commonwealth College is the public honors college for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It serves approximately 2,500 UMass Amherst students with an emphasis on small classes, research experience, and community service learning. Admission to Commonwealth College is highly competitive: the most recent entering freshman class averaged weighted high school grade point averages of 4.0, SATs of 1315, and a high school class rank in the top 5%. Commonwealth College students integrate honors coursework into their curriculum and complete a senior project.