MassBioEd Henri A. Termeer Student Scholarship

Scholarship Name: MassBioEd Henri A. Termeer Student Scholarship

Status: CLOSED

Posted Date: January 27, 2020

Due Date: March 20, 2020

In celebration of Henri A. Termeer’s commitment to scientific discovery and mentorship of aspiring and accomplished scientists, the MassBioEd Henri A. Termeer Student Scholarship program will recognize one outstanding student who plans to enroll in an eligible 4-year life sciences undergraduate program as described below. Candidates for this award must possess an academic record marked by a commitment to excellence and a demonstrated interest in the life sciences and biotechnology with aspirations for a future career in the life sciences.


  • Be a Massachusetts high school senior, recent high school graduate or community college student who plans to enroll in an eligible 4-year undergraduate program.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Demonstrates unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000.
  • Be available to accept the award on May 7th, 2020 and the opening of Henri A. Termeer Square, Cambridge MA.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Awards are for undergraduate study only. Payments will be made directly to the awardee upon confirmation of enrollment in an eligible undergraduate program.

Eligible Areas of Study

Eligible areas of study include biology, chemistry, and other programs that provide the student with the skills and training needed for advanced study or a career in the life sciences industry. Specific questions on both the application and the candidate endorsement form will help us evaluate the eligibility of your intended course of study. Eligible areas of study would include but are not limited to:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Molecular Biology

Program Deadline:

The 2020 submission period is from January 15th– March 20th, 2020.

Application Process:

Step 1: Complete the Application below.

Step 2: Submit Supporting Documentation. Applicants are required to submit the following:

Financial: The scholarship committee will consider applicants based on their financial needs. To help the committee understand the student’s financial needs, the applicant must provide their financial information or their parent/guardian’s financial information depending on their financial filing status (Dependent or Independent). If the applicant is married, they must submit their spouse’sfinancial information as well. Please submit one of the following

  • A copy of the complete Student Aid Report from the FAFSA for the current academic year      OR
  • A copy of your family’s federal tax return from 2017 and 2018 showing the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) reported. If your family did not file taxes for any reason, you must provide estimated income for each year as well as an explanation.


  • For High School or GED Graduate applicants: Provide a copy of your official high school transcript showing grades and cumulative GPA through Fall 2019 or high school equivalency diploma.
  • For Community College Graduate applicants:  Provide a copy of your official community college transcript showing grades and cumulative GPA through Fall 2019.

About You: While your academic record and volunteer and community service activities are significant factors in selecting finalists, the most important part of your application is your essay(s). This is your opportunity to let the Selection Committee know that you have the motivation and persistence to succeed in college and beyond. Please help us learn more about you by submitting one or two essays based upon the following prompts. You will be asked to upload your essay(s) as part of the application below.

  • Required. Prompt 1: Your Educational and Career Goals – please limit to 750 words: Describe your educational and career goals and explain what or who has inspired or helped shape these goals. Excluding financial needs, what are the most significant challenges you expect to face in successfully completing college? How will you overcome these challenges?
  • Optional. Prompt 2: Overcoming Adversity – please limit to 750 words: Describe a challenging family or personal circumstance that has affected your achievement or participation in school, work, or community activities. How did you overcome this challenge and what did you learn from this experience?

Recommendations:  Each candidate must obtain two completed Candidate Endorsement Forms from eligible references.  An eligible reference is an individual that has served as a teacher, mentor, employer, work or volunteer supervisor and is familiar with your interest and aptitude for the life sciences. An eligible reference cannot be related to the applicant. The Candidate Endorsement Forms can be found here.

If we do not receive all of your documentation by the deadline of March 20th, 2020 we will be unable to review your application. If you prefer, documents can be mailed to Termeer Scholarship, C/O MassBioEd 255 Main Street, 8th Floor Cambridge, MA 02142.

Step 3: Respond to Follow Up Questions. During the application review period a member of the review committee may follow up with any additional questions. Please check your email and voicemail regularly and reply promptly!

Step 4: Decision Notices Sent and Conditional Acceptance. Applicants will be notified of decisions via email and the accepted Scholar will be “conditionally approved” until they provide a tuition bill for the upcoming semester indicating enrollment in an eligible undergraduate program.

To apply, click MassBioEd.