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Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship

The Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship fund provides $3,000 ($1,500 per semester) to an undergraduate majoring in biochemistry, biomedical sciences or pharmacology and toxicology.

The scholarship was made possible by an endowment established by Albert Somit, former UB executive vice president.

Somit, who served as the university’s acting president in 1977, established the endowment to “honor his mother, who, like so many others of her generation, left family, friends and all that was familiar in Russia to seek a better life for her family in the U.S.”

Somit initiated the scholarship fund through a bequest to benefit hard-working and deserving undergraduates in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The first Somit scholarship was awarded in 1999.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Completion of one academic year prior to receipt of the award.
  • Enrollment in UB at the time of selection and during the period covered by the scholarship.
  • Financial need may be taken into account but will not be the sole determining factor in awarding the scholarship.
  • Preference is given to students who are immigrants, children of immigrants or first-generation college students.

Application Checklist

  • Completed application
  • Personal essay (500 word maximum)
  • Letter of support from UB faculty member (no GA, TA or advisor)

Application Deadline

Your application must be received by April 1.