Center for Inclusive Excellence at Gustavus Adolphus College

Inclusive Excellence Award

The Center for Inclusive Excellence offers a limited amount of textbook awards (up to $250 for the 2022 SPRING semester) to help subsidize the cost of textbooks and/or academic supplies (Art, Science Labs, etc.). 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 and academic supplies 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 spring (10 total) are granted on a first come, first served basis...assuming all other criteria has been met. IMPORTANT: Due to the limited number of awards, once they have all been claimed, all other requests will be placed on a temporary waitlist. All portions of the application must be submitted in order to be considered. As such students are incouraged to submit the completed application form and essay at the same time. Failure to provide all of the necessary documents will deem the application invalid, and 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 $250. 

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: How can a well-balanced education help you to improve your community and/or promote positive social change?

Eligible essays MUST:

  • Answer the above prompt...
  • Be typed in an easily read 12-14pt 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