Matthew Bergrin

Congratulations to Matthew Bergrin!

Matthew is the 2016 recipient of the Primary Intelligence Scrappers’ Scholarship.

Matthew Bergrin is an Automated Robotics Specialist working for Perkin Elmer. He has an Associate’s Degree from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and is currently seeking a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Phoenix. He was previously employed as a Senior Scientist by Hoffman La-Roche Pharmaceuticals. Matthew lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

“I am thrilled to have won this scholarship. It just goes to prove that hard work and determination are rewarded, and to never give up hope.”

College Students

Applications for the 2017 Scrappers Scholarship are officially CLOSED.

Thank you to all the entrants and best of luck to all. The 2017 essay winner selected will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Winner to be announced this summer.

A September 2015 TED Talk highlights “scrappers” versus “silver spoons,” describing “scrappers” as fighters who refuse to give up, sometimes in the face of incredible odds. These are people who have been knocked down – hard, repeatedly, or unfairly – but use their grit and determination to get back up in pursuit of their goals and dreams.

This scholarship is targeted at scrappers, students who passionately pursue their educational and career goals, even in the face of unimaginable odds.

For the 2017 fall academic semester, Primary Intelligence will select and award one winner a $1,500 scholarship.

Who Is Eligible

Eligible students include US citizens currently enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year American college or university seeking an undergraduate degree. Students must be enrolled full-time for fall 2017 and be highly motivated to pursue their education.

Women, minorities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

How to Enter

Any student who fits the eligibility requirements listed above can apply for the Scrappers’ Scholarship. To enter, students must submit an essay discussing the following:

Discuss how you have overcome adversity in your life, either individually or as part of a family unit (note: “family” may include extended family or close friends that have taken the place of family).

Specific examples should be referenced to illustrate hardships that have been overcome, providing context and color in order to bring the experiences to life.

Describe what you have learned from your experiences and how you have used those insights to make lasting changes and improvements in your life, the lives of others, and your community and/or educational institution.

All essay submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Use Calibri, 12-point font
  • Essay must be double spaced
  • Use 1-inch margins on top, bottom and sides
  • Essay must not exceed 500 words in length
  • Include a cover page with your name, contact details, university or college name, major, expected graduation date, and essay submission date.


Submissions are closed for 2017.

Deadline for Submission

The essay submission deadline is 12:00 a.m. EST Friday, April 5, 2017. Essays will then be reviewed by the Primary Intelligence Scholarship Committee and the winner will be announced on the Primary Intelligence website by August 1st for the fall 2017 semester. The winner will also be notified via email.

Selection Process and Notification

The Primary Intelligence Scholarship Committee, a diverse committee comprised of five individuals from different levels and divisions within Primary Intelligence, will read the scholarship essays from the finalist candidates. After reviewing the finalist candidates, Primary Intelligence committee members will select their top three candidates, in ranked order, using confidential voting. Votes will be weighted and scored and the student with the highest score will be chosen for the scholarship. Once the winner has been determined, the winner will be announced on the Primary Intelligence website. The Primary Intelligence Scholarship Committee will also notify the winner via email.

Additional Details

The scholarship funds awarded are to be used for tuition and books only. Once awarded, a check will be written to the recipient’s school of choice and credited for academic costs. Scholarship is non-renewable and is only good for one semester cycle. Recipients are only eligible to receive the scholarship once during their lifetime.

All essays must be written by applicants. Although applicants may ask a friend or family member to review their essay for clarity and readability, parents, siblings, other relatives, and friends may not write, or substantially re-write, the essay.

All information must be true and factual.