Center for Inclusive Excellence at Gustavus Adolphus College

Inclusive Excellence Textbook Award

The Center for Inclusive Excellence offers a limited amount of textbook awards (up to $250 per semester) to help subsidize the cost of textbooks for students from a) historically underrepresented, first-generation to college, LGBTQ+, and/or multi-lingual backgrounds, OR who are b) Pell- or Minnesota State Grant eligible.

Students who meet the necessary eligibility qualifications must submit an award application along with the accompanying essay, and if need base (a simple verification through the Financial Aid Office). Awards are granted on a first come, first served basis... assuming all other criteria has been met.

Here's what you need to know...

1) Students must meet at least one of the above criteria to be eligible for the award. 

2) Applications will be reviewed based on two or more of the following criteria:

  • From a Historically Underrepresented Group (OR)
  • Financial Aid Need Base - MN State Grant or PELL Eligible (AND)
  • Essay Prompt Response: 

The students who have completed and submitted the award application are eligible to receive up to $250 to be used toward textbooks whether purchased or rented (can not be used for other materials) from the Bookmark! (NOTE: current 2nd semester 2019-2020 awards available = 10)

***All award transactions will be reflected on each individual recipients college account.

ESSAY PROMPT: How will you use your college degree to improve your community and/or promote positive social change?

Eligible essays MUST:

  • Answer the above prompt...
  • Be typed in an easily read 12pt font (Arial, Helvetica, etc.)...
  • Be between one and two pages, double-spaced
  • Delivered to the Center for Inclusive Excellence (101 Johnson), or emailed to
*NOTE* This opportunity will be open to eligible students on a first come, first served, basis. The sooner the application is submitted, the sooner the award can be processed.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at:
Center for Inclusive Excellence