Agents of Change (AoC) SF BUILD Merck Scholarship

Round 2: Apps are open until April 17, 2023.

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 SFSU 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.