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 $200 for the 2020 fall semester) to help subsidize the cost of textbooks. This opportunity is available to students who:

  • Identify as being...from historically underrepresented group, first generation to college, LGBTQ+, and/or multilingual
  • Are eligible for the Pell Grant or Minnesota State Grant

The Center offers these awards in partnership with the Gustavus Book Mark, and they are specifically for the acquisition of textbooks in one of the following formats: purchases, rentals, and/or digital versions.

Students who meet the necessary eligibility qualifications must submit an award application along with the accompanying essay. If applicable, financial need base should be verified (a simple verification through the Financial Aid Office).

***Due to the limited quantity of awards available for fall (10 total) are granted on a first come, first served basis...assuming all other criteria has been met. IMPORTANT: Since there are a limited number of awards this fall, once they have all been claimed, all other requests will be placed on a temporary waitlist. All notified award recipients will have 10 days upon receipt of the application, to submit the completed form and essay. If after the 10 day period the appropriate documents have not been submitted, the next individual on the waitlist will be notified.


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

  • Historically Underrepresented Group
  • First Generation to College
  • LGBTQ+
  • Multilingual 
  • Pell Grant Eligible
  • MN State Grant Eligible

2) Applications must also submit:

  • An Essay Prompt Response: 

Notified award recipients who have completed and submitted the award application and essay response will be awarded $200 to be used toward fall 2020 textbooks.

NOTE: All award transactions will be reflected on each individual recipients college account. Once students have received notification of the award, please check with the Book Mark as to the status of the award. The Center for Inclusive Excellence does not track student accounts.

ESSAY PROMPT: Select one of the Gustavus core values (listed below) that best reflects your own values and philosophy. Describe how that particular value presents an opportunity for intentional positive social change...either now, or throughout your journey through life.

Eligible essays MUST:

  • Answer the above prompt...
  • Be typed in an easily read 12pt font (Arial, Helvetica, etc.)...
  • Be between 1 and 1.5 pages, double-spaced
  • Delivered to the Center for Inclusive Excellence (101 Johnson), or emailed to

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