College of Arts and Sciences

John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math

How to Apply
The Ideal Candidate

The John P. McNulty Scholars Program awards scholarships to exceptional young women earning a degree in one of the natural sciences, mathematics, actuarial science or computer science.  The ideal candidate will exude energy and enthusiasm, possess outstanding leadership qualities, and have aspirations to reach the top ranks of the math and science professions.   Strong candidates will have a desire to expand their vision in a challenging environment that goes beyond the classroom and to apply their gifts in turn, by mentoring other young women and sharing in an ongoing community of fellowship with other women in the field.


The scholarship is open to entering female students who have applied for and gained admission to Saint Joseph’s University. A student should have an outstanding academic record, with at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and a minimum score of 1300/1600 on the SAT or 29 composite on the ACT.

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to submit the application form, a current resume and an application essay online.  **Please note that the essay and resume are submitted as attached files to the application form, so they can be completed beforehand.  The application form cannot be partially saved and returned to at a later time.  

Applicants should also arrange for a letter of recommendation from a relevant science or math teacher to be sent to the McNulty Program Coordinator as noted below.

Students are encouraged but not required to apply through Early Action admission to Saint Joseph’s University. The deadline for Early Action is November 15. The application for the McNulty Scholars Program is due by February 1, 2015

Interview Process

Finalists for the John P. McNulty Scholars Program will be invited for an interview with the scholarship committee. Finalists will be asked to share their interests, activities and ambitions as they relate to the natural sciences, mathematics, actuarial science or computer science. They will also discuss how they wish to contribute to their chosen field, as well as to reflect on leadership – questions to which there are no right answers. The interviews will give the committee the opportunity to get to know each applicant through discussions focusing on the interests, strengths and goals of each young woman. Interviews will be held during the month of March and candidates will be informed of the results of their application during the first week of April.

Letters of recommendation and questions pertaining to the scholarship should be addressed to:

Ms. Shani Nuckols
McNulty Scholars Program Coordinator
Saint Joseph’s University
5600 City Avenue, Science Center Room 107-D
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(610) 660-1825/