Academic Fellowships

Giumette Academic Achievement Award

GAAA recipients standing in front of the Brandeis castle wallThe Giumette Academic Achievement Award 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 more than 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, academic achievement, and Brandeis community engagement as evidenced by grades, recommendations, personal accomplishment, and demonstrated involvement in campus life.

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  • Currently enrolled sophomores who will achieve junior status in the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher
  • Have excelled academically
  • Have made a contribution to the Brandeis community
  • Have demonstrated personal growth as a result of their time at Brandeis so far

Renewal Eligibility 

  • Recipients of the Giumette Award 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.

Application Timeline

  • Eligible students notified via email: Early February 2024
  • Applications Deadline: March 13, 2024
  • Letters of recommendation: Letters of recommendation will be submitted through a secure website. Recommenders will receive a unique link via email to upload applicant letters.


  • Up to 10 awards in the amount of up to $5,000 per semester will be conferred for the junior and senior years. Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff.
  • Please note that recipients of the Malkin Scholarship, Slifka Scholarship, and Traquina Scholarship are not eligible to receive funding from the Giumette Academic Achievement Award.