Interdisciplinary Science Scholarships


A grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship, providing full-tuition scholarships for entering freshmen every year. Designed for students interested in pursuing both a science and non-science double or dual major while at CMC, students will be asked to explore the idea of science leadership via programs such as government-biology, international relations-physics, chemistry-Spanish, or one of a host of other possible combinations available within CMC’s exhaustive curriculum.

Specifically, the scholarship awards will be focused on outstanding students from lower-income households. ISS Scholars will be selected based on financial need, academic excellence, leadership potential, and passion for science. They will be required to graduate with a dual or double major in a science and non-science discipline.

The Process: Part 1 - Common Application

Students who wish to be considered for the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship must apply to CMC by submitting the Common Application no later than December 1. Students should be sure to indicate one of two options: 1) Intended majors in both a science and non-science discipline or 2) Intended interest in an interdisciplinary major. Please note, while majors may change once in college, students applying for this scholarship should already be committed to completing a double or dual major in a science and a non-science discipline.

Option 1: Science + Non-science Major

Environmental Analysis
Molecular Biology
Organismal Biology

+ Any Non-Science Major
Option 2: Interdisciplinary Majors
Environment, Economics & Politics (EEP)
Neuroscience (Behavioral, Cognitive, and Philosophy Tracks)
Science Management (Natural Science Tracks)

The Process: Part 2 - CSS Profile

All applicants regardless of citizenship should fill out the College Scholarship Service Profile. Please submit your CSS Profile no later than January 1. We realize that this timing may be difficult for families, but the Financial Aid Office must be able to verify that your family meets the total income requirement as determined by the Gates Foundation. After you have completed your CSS Profile, you must submit your tax returns through IDOC. You will be prompted to do this after submitting your CSS Profile.

CSS Profile School Code: 4054

The Process: Part 3 - FAFSA

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents must complete the financial aid process by submitting a Federal Application For Student Aid using the federal government’s secure website. Please submit your FAFSA by no later than February 1. International students do not complete the FAFSA.

FAFSA School Code: 001170