Agents of Change (AoC) SF BUILD Merck Scholarship

Apps closed on February 12, 2024.

Goals of the SF BUILD Merck Scholarship 

  • Provide an academic scholarship for students who are engaged in biomedical research projects that impact community health
  • Provide students with travel funds for conference opportunities pertaining to biomedical research that impacts community health
  • Provide professional development for students in biomedical sciences who are engaged in social justice work 
  • Connect students to a wider network of professionals and students working to support social justice in biomedical science 

How will the SF BUILD Merck Scholarship benefit me in my career?

  • Supply financial support for academic and travel expenses for conference opportunities 
  • Provide networking, peer mentoring, and community building
  • $2,000 award

Program Requirements and Expectations

  • Participate in one SF BUILD AoC (Agents of Change) Workshop or asynchronous online module.
    Complete an essay reflecting on the impact of this scholarship on your academic path at the end of the semester.


  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or master’s student at SF State in a biomedical major
  • Intent to pursue graduate or professional school within 1-2 years
  • Interested in biomedical research relevant to community health
  • Committed to social justice through the use of science 
  • Currently involved, or previously participated, in supporting community-engaged research

Apply by signing in and completing the Supplemental Questions on Academic Works 

Feel free to reach out to Carol Umanzor at with any questions you may have. 

Frequently Asked Questions

On the Academic Works website, you can find the "Sign In" button at the upper-right corner of the website. It will take you to the sign in page and simply sign in with your SF State ID and password.

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No. If you’ve logged into the Academic Works website, you should be able to submit your answers to the supplemental questions via the website.

Visit the Academic Works FAQs website or contact Carol Umanzor at