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 unpaid 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 unpaid 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


Personal Information
If you are graduating in Spring 2016 you are NOT eligible to apply for this award.
Please note: seniors graduating in Spring 2015 are not eligible to apply.
If you checked "yes," please be sure to upload a copy of your current financial aid award below.
Program Information
Statement and Essay
Please write a brief statement (no more than 250 words) of financial need which describes any important or extenuating financial circumstances related to your need for this scholarship.
Please provide an essay (no more than 300 words) describing the internship you will complete. How do your academic/career interests relate to public policy, law, ecological conservation, and/or real estate development? How is the internship related to your field of interest and academic goals? How will it help you reach career goals? Note: Before you enter your text into the online form, you may wish to write the essay separately and then paste it into the space provided.
File Uploads
Please list your academic achievements, student activities and employment in .pdf, .jpg or Word format.
If applicable, evidence of your current financial aid package from UMass Amherst (you should be able to log on to SPIRE and copy and paste this information into a Word document). Be sure to click the "Upload" button once you've located your file so that your application will be complete.
An email or letter from your internship sponsor confirming your internship placement. If your internship is not yet confirmed, please provide contact information for the organization.
By completing this application I declare that the information included is true and complete. If I am selected as a recipient of this award, I give my permission to share select information with the donor of the scholarship.