Call for Applicants: 2020 Gorman-Metz Scholarship

By Menzel Smith-Jones


Brookhaven Laboratory offers the annual $5,000 Gorman-Metz Scholarship to a college student with a disability (as defined by the Americans with Disability Act) whose parent is a current employee, a retiree, or passed away while an active employee at the Lab. The scholarship was established through the generosity of Donald and Dorothy Metz, who both had long careers at the Lab, and is named in memory of the Metz's parents. It was first awarded in 1997.

The application form is on the Lab’s Inclusion & Diversity Office website.

Applicants must be students matriculating toward a graduate or professional degree, and preference is given to studies in science, engineering, and math. Students attending undergraduate school also may apply, but they will be given consideration only in years when no graduate applicants have applied.

Applicants who wish to undertake a course of study that does not fall within the guidelines may be deemed eligible if the Gorman-Metz Scholarship Committee approves the course of study. Although the scholarship is administered by Brookhaven Lab, a team at the National Center for Disability Services, in Albertson, New York, selects the awardee.

The selection criteria include academic records, references, career goals, and other factors deemed appropriate by the committee. The scholarship will be granted independent of financial need and without regard to other forms of aid, and will be paid in two $2,500 installments, one per semester. The recipient must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or, in the case of a foreign institution, deemed by the Lab’s Inclusion & Diversity Office to possess equivalent accreditation.

In the case of unrelated dependents, including those whose parents are domestic partners, eligibility will be established if the employee regularly claims the applicant as a dependent for income tax purposes, or if the applicant normally resides in the employee’s household, which must include the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a scholarship.

Completed application forms along with a one-page, double-spaced essay that summarizes the objective of the applicant’s education program and long-term professional goals must be completed and received by the Inclusion & Diversity Office by Friday, June 19.

Please direct questions to Menzel Smith-Jones at Ext. 3164 or

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