College of Arts and Sciences

John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math

How to Apply
The Ideal Candidate

The John P. McNulty Scholars Program awards scholarships to exceptional young women earning a degree in the natural sciences, mathematics, actuarial science, or computer science.  The ideal candidate will exude energy and enthusiasm, possess outstanding leadership qualities, and have aspirations to reach the top ranks of the math and science professions.   Strong candidates will have a desire to expand their vision in a challenging environment that goes beyond the classroom and to apply their gifts in turn, by mentoring other young women and sharing in an ongoing community of fellowship with other women in the field.

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The scholarship is open to entering first-year female students who apply for admission to Saint Joseph’s University and meet all the eligibility requirements. This year's scholarship recipients are expected to declare a major in the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Actuarial Science, or Computer Science, and enroll at Saint Joseph’s in fall 2014. Retention of the McNulty scholarship is contingent upon meeting all academic and programmatic criteria. Typical recipients have an outstanding academic record, with at least a 3.5 cumulative high school grade point average and a minimum score of 1300/1600 on the SAT or 29 composite on the ACT.

How to Apply

Application for the McNulty Scholars Program is made online. This year's deadline to apply for the incoming Class of 2018 was February 1, 2014. In addition, applicants are also required to submit a letter of recommendation from a relevant science or math teacher addressing their suitability to the McNulty Scholarship to be sent to the McNulty Scholarship Competition Coordinator as noted below. 

Students are encouraged but not required to apply through Early Action admission to Saint Joseph’s University. The deadline for Early Action is November 15.

Interview Process

Finalists for the John P. McNulty Scholars Program will be invited for an interview with the scholarship committee. Finalists will be asked to share their interests, activities and ambitions as they relate to the natural sciences, mathematics, actuarial science, or computer science. They will also discuss how they wish to contribute to their chosen field in time, as well as to reflect on leadership – questions to which there are no right answers. The interviews will give the committee the opportunity to get to know each applicant through discussions focusing on the interests, strengths and goals of each young woman. Interviews will be held during the month of March and candidates will be informed of the results of their application during the first week of April.

Letters of recommendation and questions pertaining to the scholarship should be addressed to:

Ms. Shani Nuckols
McNulty Scholarship Competition Coordinator
Saint Joseph’s University
Science Center Room 107D
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(610) 660-1825/