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March 27, 2012

Contact Tammy Clark at 608-796-3470 or tclark@viterbo.edu 

$600,000 NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP GRANT AWARDED TO VITERBO UNIVERSITY 

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Twelve incoming Viterbo freshmen interested in majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, or physics will be eligible this fall for renewable National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarships amounting to over $21,000 per student over four years.

Another 12 students also will be eligible in fall 2013 thanks to the NSF grant totaling almost $600,000.

Viterbo, which received official notification this week, is quickly getting the news out to aspiring science students looking at college this August as many will soon be making final decisions on their school choice.

Because the time span between the notification and the start of classes on Aug. 27 is short, school officials have set up a special website with details on the scholarships. Also, science students who have visited recently were informed of pending approval and given the chance to be put on a contact list once word was received.

“This is an incredible opportunity for students as each will receive over $5,425 annually from NSF on top of other aid. Because these are very good students, most can expect to receive an additional $9,000–$11,000 in merit scholarships,” said Glena Temple, dean of the School of Letters and Sciences.

To be eligible, students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 and an ACT score of 24 or higher. Scholarship recipients will also be entitled to other benefits, which include cohort housing in the first year, paid summer research opportunities, and tutoring and peer mentoring. For more information, visit www.viterbo.edu/class.

“The whole goal here is to attract and graduate highly qualified science students,” said Temple. “The incentives offered by NSF certainly offer students plenty of motivation to succeed.”

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