Giumette Award (GAAA)

Those eligible will be sent an invitation via email in late January 2020.


The Giumette Academic Achievement Award (GAAA) was developed by the Office of Students and Enrollment, in conjunction with the Student Union and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, as a way to recognize currently enrolled sophomores who have distinguished themselves in their course of study at Brandeis. Formerly known as the Brandeis Academic Achievement Award, the award was renamed in 2015 in honor of Peter Giumette, who served as the Dean of Student Financial Services for over 20 years and who had a deep commitment to increasing access to educational opportunities for first-generation and low-income students. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding scholarship and academic achievement as evidenced by grades, faculty recommendations, and personal accomplishment. Up to ten awards in the amount of $5,000 per semester will be conferred for the junior and senior years. Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff.


Applicants for the GAAA must be currently enrolled sophomores who will achieve junior status in the 2020-2021 academic year, have excelled academically, and have made a contribution to the Brandeis community. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher.

Eligibility Limitations:

Students currently receiving either Malkin or Slifka Scholarships are not eligible to apply for this award, nor are students currently on academic or behavioral probation.

Application Requirements:

To apply for this award, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A one-page, single-spaced personal statement detailing your academic and intellectual achievements at Brandeis; applicants are encouraged to consider what impact Brandeis has had on them, and what impact they have had on the Brandeis community
  • Your current résumé (assistance available at the Hiatt Career Center)
  • Two recommendations from Brandeis faculty or other appropriate mentors, coaches, or advisors

The essay and résumé should be submitted to the front desk of the Office of Academic Services in the Usdan Student Center by 5pm on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020. The letters should be emailed directly to In addition, an unofficial transcript will be requested from the Registrar’s Office by the Selection Committee to verify your cumulative GPA and to review your academic history. Please be advised that only complete applications will be accepted.

Financial Aid Information:

If a GAAA recipient also has need-based financial aid, the award will be included in the financial aid package in accordance with federal, state, and institutional policies, as well as the outside scholarship policy defined by the Office of Student Financial Services. Thus, the award will first be used to fulfill any unmet federal financial need. Any award amount in excess of unmet federal financial need will then be used to reduce the self-help (loan and work) components of the financial aid package. In some rare cases, need-based institutional scholarship funds may be adjusted to keep total aid within the cost of attendance.

Renewal Criteria:

Recipients of the GAAA must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 in order to be eligible for scholarship renewal. Students on academic or behavioral probation will not be eligible for renewal.


Meredith Monaghan, Director of Academic Fellowships


Phone: 781-736-3470