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The Gilbert and Marcia Kotzen Scholars Program is a competitive merit award that recognizes the best and brightest students interested in a transformative education at Simmons College. This is the most prestigious award offered at Simmons, and acknowledges excellence through focus on study abroad, scholarly research, and intellectual curiosity.

The scholarship covers full tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board. An additional annual award of $3000 is given for study abroad, short-term courses, summer internship tuition, or research support. The scholarship is awarded for the duration of a four-year period of full-time undergraduate study, and supersedes any previously awarded merit scholarship. Students who meet the criteria below, are often also interested in the Simmons Honors Program. Visit the Honors program page to apply.

Benefits of the scholarship

  • The scholarship covers full tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board.
  • An annual award of $3,000 is given for study abroad, short-term courses, summer internship tuition, and research support.

Recipients of the award must live on campus their freshmen and sophomore years.

Students who meet all of the following criteria are invited to apply for The Gilbert and Marcia Kotzen Scholars Program:

  • Students applying as a freshman for the fall semester.
  • Students with an SAT score of 1850 or higher, or equivalent standardized test scores
  • Students in possession of a 3.3 or higher grade point average
  • Students who have undertaken the recommended college preparatory curriculum
  • Students who have enrolled in an advanced level math course beyond Algebra II during, or prior to, their senior year of high school
  • Students who have taken advantage of honors, advanced placement (AP) and international baccalaureate (IB) courses, as available in their high school systems

The application process

The application consists of two parts: a short answer and a formal essay. Students should submit these as one document via email to ugadm@simmons.edu with the subject line "Kotzen Application." On each page of the document students should include their full name and date of birth.

I. Short Answer (of no more than 250 words)

How would you use your additional annual award of $3000 (for study abroad, short-term courses, summer internship tuition, and/or research support)?

II. Formal Essay (of no more than 500 words)

In what manner can a woman most effectively lead change in today's world?

Application timeline

Applicants must submit and complete their admission application to the College by February 1, and scholarship applications by February 1. Recipients will be notified by March 15.