Center for Inclusive Excellence at Gustavus Adolphus College

Textbook Awards

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, proof of good standing, and financial need base. 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. (1 point)**

2) Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Good Standing 
  • Financial Aid Need Base 
  • Essay Prompt Response: 

3) Once initial eligibility has been established**, students will be awarded a maximum of 9 additional points (Bonus points are possible through the optional Writing Center Tutorial) based on the following... 

  • (5 points) are possible for the content and quality of their essay.
  • (2 points) will be granted for including financial need base.
  • (2 points) are possible for being in good academic standing. 

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 Fall 19-20 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 12-point easily read font (Arial, Helvetica, etc.)
  • Be between one and two pages, double-spaced

Delivered to the Center for Inclusive Excellence (101 Johnson) by October 14th to be considered for the 2019-20 fall semester priority deadline. 

*NOTE* If there are available awards after the priority deadline, the opportunity will be open to eligible students on a first come, first served, basis.

*An additional 2pt. BONUS points may be awarded if students review their essay with a Writing Center Tutor. (Students must meet with a writing tutor, complete a typed Writing Center Tutorial Report, and submit it along with their application 
in order to receive the bonus points. Click here to download a Writing Center Tutorial Report.)

Anderson Hall 104
Monday - Thursday: 7pm -10pm
Sunday: 5pm – 10pm

Center for Inclusive Excellence
Thursday: 7pm - 10pm

*Hours are subject to change. Please visit the Writing Center's website for the most updated tutoring hours. 

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