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Dominican University of California Unveils Scholarships for First-Generation Students

Dominican University of California has created three scholarships for first-generation university students studying in the sciences. The Marin Future Promise Scholarship will recognize high achieving, economically disadvantaged local students who attend Marin Education Fund’s Summer Application Institute (SAI), which is held each August at Dominican.


The Marin Education Fund’s annual Summer Application Institute is an intensive five-day dormitory experience that prepares high school students for college. Approximately 50 students participate in the institute each summer. Graduates of the Summer Application Institute who apply to and are accepted to Dominican University of California as first-time freshmen may compete for The Marin Future Promise Scholarship.

“The Marin Future Promise Scholarship recognizes the promise of students from disadvantaged economic backgrounds who have high potential to achieve, particularly in the natural sciences, and who can be expected to eventually give back within the Marin community,” said Dominican President Joseph R. Fink. “The scholarship name implies a level of commitment, for both now and in the future, of personal and institutional investment in Marin’s community,” added Dr. Fink.

One full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to an entering freshman student intending to major in the Biological Sciences (with concentration in Environmental Studies, Molecular Cell Biology, Ecology, or General Biology). Current value for the 2005-06 year equals $25,950. This scholarship is renewable for sophomore, junior, and senior years at Dominican (for a maximum of 8 semesters in total) provided the recipient maintains a major in the natural sciences, a minimum 3.00 GPA, full-time study, and annually applies for need-based financial aid funds.

In addition, two half-tuition scholarships will be awarded to two entering freshmen students in any major, with preference to students who wish to major in the Biological Sciences. Current value for the 2005-06 year equals $12,975. This scholarship is renewable for sophomore, junior, and senior years at Dominican (maximum of eight semesters in total) provided the recipient maintains a minimum 3.00 GPA, full-time study, and annually applies for need-based financial aid funds.

Selection for Marin Future Promise Scholarship awards will be stringent, and will occur on two levels: Marin Education Fund recommendation and Dominican University of California scholarship committee selection. In addition, applicants will be expected to apply for need-based financial aid and demonstrate high financial need. Scholars who are selected for these prestigious Marin Future Promise Scholarship awards will be invited to the Provost’s Academic Recognition dinner held in conjunction with the spring Admitted Student Open House.


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