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ISPE Boston Area Chapter
Joel Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund

Applications are currently being accepted until June 1, 2016.


The Boston Area Chapter of ISPE is funding a merit-based Scholarship Program for the purpose of giving back to its community of professionals in the effort to further the knowledge base and skill sets of individuals. This Scholarship Program is being administered in honor of Joel Goldenberg, a Past President of The Boston Area Chapter, whose wish was to support the educational pursuits of ISPE Members and their families looking to further their education and career development.


The Boston Area Chapter of the ISPE is proud to offer a Scholarship Program to Chapter Members and their families who are continuing their formal education in a life sciences field. For the purposes of the Scholarship Program, life sciences is defined as any branch of science or engineering that deals with or can be applied to living organisms and life processes. Further, when awarding scholarships, preference will be given to applicants who are planning careers in the biotech, pharmaceutical or related industries and endeavors.

The scholarship fund is supported through proceeds from numerous Chapter fundraising activities and is designed to defray tuition expenses of legal US residents. Recipients will receive an award of up to $2,000 (payable to their college or university) or an amount equal to the cost of a specific course (including course-related fees and books), whichever is less, minus available employer tuition reimbursement for the course.


Members in good standing of the Boston Area Chapter and their non-member children as described in #1 below are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Eligible recipients must be enrolled in an accredited college or university associates, bachelors or masters program and/or registered in a course at an accredited college or university. Three categories of awards are available:

  1. For incoming freshman, who are the children of a Member in Good Standing of the Boston Area Chapter and who are pursuing a career in the life sciences,
  2. For students entering their sophomore through senior years of undergraduate study, or those students entering or continuing with post graduate study. These candidates shall be Members in good standing of the Boston Area Chapter of ISPE and pursuing an advanced degree in a life sciences field.
  3. For individuals seeking continuing education as part of their career development. These individuals shall be Members in good standing of the ISPE Boston Area Chapter.


Applicants are limited to scholarship awards totaling no more than $8,000 per individual: $4,000 undergrad and $4,000 grad/continuing education. When applying for additional scholarships, candidates must demonstrate receipt of grades of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the course(s) funded by prior scholarship awards.


There are two due dates for applications during the calendar year. These dates are geared toward fall and spring schedules. The schedule for applications submissions is November 2, 2015 through June 1, 2016. Applications must be received by the last date in each period.


Applications will be considered by the Scholarship Committee, which will base its recommendations for awards on the following:

  • Completed application
  • Essay(s) submitted
  • One written reference provided on-line by your selected referrer, plus two additional references with contact information only
  • Involvement with ISPE
  • Volunteer activities
  • Academic and other significant achievements
  • Number of applications submitted & availability of scholarship funds.

In addition to the criteria above, preference will be given to applicants whose academic focus and future or current employment is most closely related to the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.


All candidates will be notified in writing within 60 days of application closing date. It is the expectation of the Scholarship Committee that award recipients will obtain a grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better for the funded course.


Funds will be sent directly to the college or university attended by scholarship winners in the form of a check.

Questions related to this program should be directed to the Boston Area Chapter office at office@ISPEBoston.org or 781-647-4773.

Page last updated: 5 February 2015