Initial Eligibility Criteria
To be considered for a scholarship, each applicant must meet all the following criteria:
Be enrolled as a full-time student in at least 12 credit hours at XULA at the time of application and continue to maintain this full-time student status at XULA thereafter until graduation from XULA;
Be African-American / Black;
Be classified as a sophomore student at XULA. The application deadline shall be November 30, 2020. By end of Fall Semester 2019, an applicant must have completed at least 45 credit hours of post-secondary coursework. Transfer credits accepted by XULA from another institution of higher learning may be counted toward this 45 credit hour requirement;
Be in good academic standing. To apply for the scholarship, each applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA in all post-secondary coursework AND in all BCPM coursework as follows:
- GPA of 3.3 or above for all semesters completed prior to the application deadline;
- GPA of 3.5 or above after the completion of the Fall Semester of Sophomore year.
BCPM coursework shall be defined as coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math;
Be in need of financial assistance with the costs of education as demonstrated by a Xavier University of Louisiana Office of Financial Aid Award Letter for the Award Year June 2020 – July 2021 to be submitted as part of the application;
Have demonstrated consistent and timely preparation and commitment to preparing to apply to medical school. The scholarship committee will determine this level of preparation and commitment based on the applicant’s level of engagement with the XULA Premedical Office and completion of the XULA Premedical Office Workshops and other recommended engagement with the Premedical Office. At a minimum, each applicant must have completed the following engagement with the Premedical Office. Preference in the scholarship award process will be given to those applicants who demonstrate additional engagement with the Premedical Office beyond these minimum requirements:
- Each applicant shall have completed at least eight (8) of the sixteen (16) Workshops offered by the Premedical Office.
- Each applicant shall have completed a One-to-One Freshman Assessment Meeting with the Premedical Office.
Each applicant shall complete the required pre-requisite coursework. Each applicant shall have already completed, or be enrolled during the first semester sophomore year, or enroll in during second semester sophomore year, at least four of the following six courses. Preference in scholarship awards will be given to students who have completed more than four (4) of the courses below.
- Two semesters of General Chemistry Lecture and Lab
- One semester of Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab
- One semester of General Biology Lecture and Lab
- One semester of Mathematics
- One semester of English
Continuing Eligibility Criteria
After being awarded a scholarship, the scholar/awardee will be required to maintain eligibility for the scholarship in order to commence and continue to receive scholarship payments. Failure to maintain ANY of the continuing eligibility criteria will terminate the scholarship. After the date the scholarship committee has determined an awardee is no longer eligible, no further scholarship payments will be made to or on behalf of the awardee. To maintain a scholarship for each of the four semesters of junior and senior year, each awardee must maintain: Full- time enrollment and grade point average. At the end of each academic year the scholar receives scholarship funds, the scholar shall provide a brief summary of how the stipend funds were used.
Each scholarship recipient must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester) at XULA for consecutive Fall and Spring Semesters. Scholars who pause or interrupt their full-time enrollment will lose eligibility for this scholarship. Part-time enrollment (less than 12 credit hours per semester) at XULA will NOT maintain eligibility for this scholarship. A failure to maintain full-time enrollment for consecutive Fall and Spring Semesters will result in termination of the scholarship. If the scholarship committee determines the awardee is no longer eligible for the scholarship based on enrollment, after the date of this determination no further scholarship payments of any kind shall be made. The scholarship is not transferable to any other educational institution.
Grade Point Average
In order remain eligible to receive the scholarship award, each scholar will be required to maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average(GPA) of 3.50 for all XULA coursework (and any transfer credits accepted by XULA) AND a cumulative GPA of 3.50 in all BCPM courses at XULA (and any transfer credits accepted by XULA). Verification of this continuing GPA eligibility will be done each semester prior to the disbursal of any scholarship funds. A failure to maintain either or both of these minimum GPA requirements will result in termination of the scholarship. If the scholarship committee determines the awardee is no longer eligible for the scholarship based on GPA requirements, after the date of this determination no further scholarship payments of any kind shall be made.
No Re-Admittance to Scholarship Eligibility
If at any time a scholar becomes ineligible for the scholarship because of enrollment, GPA, or any other reason, the scholarship award will terminate. There will be no re-admittance or regaining of eligibility after termination.
Each applicant is required to provide all information on any other scholarships/grants they have received by the application deadline for junior and senior year
*Complete and sign a Scholarship Application and submit it and all required supporting materials by November 30, 2020.*