Frequently Asked Questions

  1.  WHAT IS THE PURPOSE AND GOAL OF THE JW CARMICHAEL, JR. SCHOLARSHIPS?  The purpose and goal of the scholarship is to increase the number of African-American medical doctors.
  2. IF I AM AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP, WHAT WILL BE THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MY AWARD AND WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE MONEY?  Each scholarship will be a maximum amount of $40,000, to be paid over the junior and senior years of the successful applicants.   Each scholar will receive half of her / his award during junior year and half during senior year.  Each scholarship award will be based on financial need (see below), so your scholarship award could be less than the maximum amount, depending on your financial need.  The scholarship awards will be paid in equal amounts over four semesters of junior and senior years.
  3. HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS?  The goal of the scholarship program is to award a total amount of $200,000 to current XULA sophomores.  The award amounts will be paid over junior and senior years.  If each awardee is awarded the maximum amount, there would be five students receiving awards.  If successful candidates have smaller financial need, the number of successful candidates may be higher than five.  The total number and amounts of awards will depend of the number of applicants who qualify (see below) for the awards and the financial needs of any successful applicants.
  4. WHEN DID THIS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM BEGIN?  The initial JW Carmichael, Jr. Scholars were named in April 2018 and received awards for the 2018 – 19 and 2019 – 20 academic years.  The eight successful scholars were awarded a total of over $114,000.  The second cohort of scholars were named in April 2019 and received awards for the 2019 – 20 and 2020 -21 academic years.  The two successful scholars were awarded a total of $80,000.  The third cohort of scholars was named in May 2020 and received awards for the 2020 – 21 and 2021 – 22 academic years.  The nine successful scholars were awarded a total of over $196,000.  This year will be the fourth year of the program.
  5. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE JW CARMICHAEL JR SCHOLARSHIPS?  Current XULA sophomores who will have completed at least 45 post-secondary credits at XULA, or other institution if those credits recognized by XULA, by the Application Deadline.  Eligible applicants must also meet the following requirements:
    •  Be African-American / Black;
    • Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits) at XULA;
    • Meet the minimum GPA requirements at the time of award.  GPA requirements are the following:  A cumulative overall GPA of at least a 3.5 AND a cumulative BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) GPA of at least 3.5;
    • Demonstrate financial need, as evidenced by each applicant’s Xavier University Office of Financial Aid Award Offer, and other financial information that may be requested from each applicant;
    • Demonstrate an early and consistent level of preparedness for applying to medical school.  This preparedness is demonstrated through undergraduate course selection, meeting minimum engagement requirements (see below) with the Xavier Premedical Office, and demonstrating to the Premedical Office preparation for applying to medical school.  Preference will be shown to applicants who have exceeded the minimum course selection and Premedical Office engagement requirements.
  6. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP, WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM PREMEDICAL OFFICE ENGAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR ME AS A FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE STUDENT AT XULA?  By the Application Deadline, each applicant shall have completed at least eight of the sixteen Biomedical Honors Corps Freshman Workshops and the One-on-One Freshman Assessment Meeting offered by the Premedical Office.
  7. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE SCHOLARSHIP, WHY ARE THERE MINIMUM ENGAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS WITH THE XAVIER PREMEDICAL OFFICE?  Based on the very successful long-term track record of Xavier graduates being admitted to medical school, the Xavier faculty, administrators, Premedical Office, scholarship committee members, and donors believe that early, active, and on-going engagement with the Premedical Office is instrumental in undergraduate students’ successfully preparing to gain admission to medical school.  The Premedical Office is an important resource for students to more fully understand the prerequisites and requirements of medical school admissions.  The Premedical Office can help students who are serious about entering medical school understand the myriad curriculum and other requirements medical schools are looking for in their successful applicants.  Additionally, the Premedical Office provides important insights into how students can best prepare themselves for the pre-admission stage of medical school, including undergraduate course selection, MCAT preparation, medical school application and personal statement preparation, and admission interview preparation, etc.  It is the firm belief of the Scholarship Committee (see below) that successful admission to medical school is a process; students who understand this is a process, and who begin at an early stage in their undergraduate careers to plan, prepare, and carry out this process are most likely to be successful in gaining admission to medical school and becoming medical doctors.
  8. IF I AM AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP, WHAT ARE THE CONTINUING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?  Each scholarship will be awarded for two years—junior and senior years at XULA. In order to retain eligibility, each awardee must:
    • Maintain full-time enrollment in at least 12 credit hours per semester at XULA;
    • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA 3.5 and a minimum cumulative BCPM GPA of at least 3.5.
    • Successful applicants who do not maintain full-time enrollment status at XULA or who do not maintain both minimum GPA requirements will not receive any future scholarship payments after they no longer maintain the continuing eligibility requirements.
  9. WHAT TYPES OF COSTS DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER?  The scholarship is designed to cover direct school expenses such as tuition and room and board, and / or a stipend for personal expenses related to education such as rent, books, MCAT preparation, etc., depending on each student’s need.  The amount of the scholarship award, and the type of award, will depend on the financial needs of each successful scholarship awardee.  The maximum award amount per student will be $40,000, comprised of $20,000 for direct school expenses and $20,000 for a stipend.  All scholarship awards will be spread over two academic years.
  10. WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?  Each applicant must submit an application and ALL the supporting materials by the Application Deadline.  After the applications have been received, the Scholarship Committee will review each application for completeness and eligibility.  EACH APPLICANT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THE COMPLETENESS OF HER / HIS APPLICATION.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS, PLEASE CONTACT  Each student who submits a complete application will then have the application reviewed for eligibility.  Next, the Scholarship Committee will contact a number of applicants for personal interviews to be held sometime in April 2021.  Finally, based on the results of the scholarship interviews, the Scholarship Committee will make award decisions.
  11. WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?  For the 2021 -2022 academic year, the Application Deadline is November 30, 2020.  Applicants are welcome to and encouraged to submit their applications prior to the deadline.
  12. WHEN WILL THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS BE ANNOUNCED? The Scholarship Committee will endeavor to contact the successful scholarship awardees no later than May 31, 2021.
  13. WHAT PERSON OR ORGANIZATION IS PROVIDING THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AND WHY?  A: The primary donor of the scholarship funds is Mr. Terence M. Murphy, providing funds personally and through his private family foundation.  Other scholarship donors may also provide funds. Mr. Murphy is providing these funds because he is impressed by the excellent track record of Xavier graduates in gaining admission to medical school and becoming medical doctors and wishes to support XULA and its students in continuing and growing this excellent tradition.  
  14. WHO IS ON THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE THAT DECIDES WHO GETS THE SCHOLARSHIPS?  A:  The Scholarship Committee consists of Xavier faculty and administrators, medical doctors who are Xavier alumni, and the principal donor.
  15. WHY IS THE SCHOLARSHIP NAMED THE JW CARMICHAEL, JR. SCHOLARSHIP?  JW Carmichael, Jr., Ph.D. began his tenure at Xavier in 1970 as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.  A couple of years after arriving at Xavier, he assumed the additional role as the University's inaugural Premedical Advisor and is credited with developing a model of premedical advising that is regarded widely as a gold standard for preparing students for application to medical school. In 2016, after 46 years of service to the University, Dr. Carmichael retired as Professor Emeritus.  The scholarship is named to honor him for his long-time service to Xavier, its students, and his devotion to and success in helping large numbers of Xavier students enter medical school and become medical doctors.