Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholarships

Each year, we award chemistry and biochemistry scholarships to a number of students at CMU.

Below you'll find the available chemistry and biochemistry scholarships and information about the application and selection processes. A single application form can be used to apply for multiple scholarships. Many are renewable, but require submission of a new application each year.

Application

Your completed application must be submitted to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry office (Dow Science Complex 268) by 5:00 PM on March 18, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Scholarship Application

Notification

Scholarship recipients will be notified via e-mail in the late spring/early summer. Funds will be deposited in two payments to the student's account in early fall and early spring. 

Selection process

Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee designated by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry chairperson. The decision will be made on the basis of: 

  • Factors relevant to the particular scholarship criteria.
  • The personal statement and other information provided by the applicant.
  • Grades in university/college courses, especially chemistry and biochemistry courses.
  • Participation in the department via research, ACS, or similar.

Available Scholarships

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Scholarship

Eligibility: A recipient will be a second semester freshman who has a signed chemistry or biochemistry major and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Student must have completed CHM 131 and CHM 132 or CHM 161 (or equivalent transfer credits) by the end of the spring semester and be enrolled in at least one chemistry course for the fall semester.

Vicky Cobb Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: For Incoming Freshmen Chemistry or Biochemistry major with a GPA of 3.25 or greater. Must be from the Central Michigan area (Mason, Lake, Osceola, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Bay, Montcalm, Gratiot, Shiawassee, or Saginaw County) with a financial need.  A preference for students committed to addressing the underrepresentation of women in STEM disciplines and demonstrated commitment through his or her service, including leadership.

Renewal: This award is renewable          

Wendell and Marcia Dilling Chemistry Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must be a senior chemistry major with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Student must also be a U.S. citizen and be involved in Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry activities.

About: Established in 2008 by Wendell and Marcia Dilling.

Renewal: This award is renewable for up to 1 year of continuous full-time enrollment. Part-time attendance or withdrawal from the university will result in cancellation of the scholarship.

Fran and Jim Falender Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry

Eligibility: Student must be majoring in chemistry or a cross-disciplinary program involving chemistry.

About: Established in 2007 by Fran Falender, '69, '78 and Dr. James Falender, chemistry instructor at CMU.

Renewal: This award is renewable.

Malcom H. Filson Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must be a second semester sophomore, with a signed chemistry or biochemistry major and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Student must have completed CHM 131 and CHM 132 or CHM 161, and CHM 211 or CHM 331 or CHM 345 and be enrolled in at least one chemistry course for the fall semester.

About: Established in 2000 to honor Malcolm H. Filson, former chairperson of the Department of Chemistry. 

Howell Scholarship in the Chemical Sciences

Eligibility: Student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer science, materials science, or related area. Students in pre-professional programs (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-health professions, pre-law, etc.) are not eligible for consideration. Preferably, the student will have initiated undergraduate research in the chemical sciences.

About: Selection of the recipient will be based solely on the potential for significant contribution to the chemical sciences. Need is not a criterion.

Renewal: This scholarship is renewable.

Dr. Frank D. and M. Virjean Johnson Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in chemistry, biology, or physics with the goal of making a career in the aforementioned sciences. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Alternate years award this scholarship to a science major in teacher education.

About: Established in 2000 by Dr. Frank D. Johnson, '50, former director of Continuing Medical Education at Central Michigan Community Hospital and his wife, M. Virjean, '51, former elementary teacher. This scholarship is based on academic achievement and not on financial need​.

Renewal: The award is renewable; student must maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Robert E. and Cordelia B. Kohrman Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must be a junior enrolled in the College of Science & Engineering who has a signed major in chemistry, a minimum GPA of 3.2, and demonstrates outstanding performance in organic chemistry.

About: Established in 2005 by Robert E. and Cordelia B. Kohrman.

Renewal: The scholarship is renewable for up to 2 years.

Mary Jane Merrill Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must be a second semester junior with a signed chemistry or biochemistry major and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Student must have completed CHM 131 and CHM 132 or CHM 161 (or equivalent transfer credits), CHM 211, and CHM 345 and CHM 346, and be enrolled in at least one chemistry course for the fall semester.

About: Established in 1969 by parents Elwyn E. Merrill, '44, and Grace Bonnell Merrill, '41, as a tribute to their daughter and her grandfather, Ernest Merrill, Ph.D. Mary Jane was a junior majoring in education who lost her life in a car accident. Ernest was a faculty member from 1921 to 1953 and chairperson of Chemistry and Physics when he retired.

Dr. Barbara Leiting-O'Connell Family Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must be a full-time junior or senior with a signed chemistry major (first preference), or a physics or math major, with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Preference will also be given to students desiring to attend graduate school and who demonstrate financial need.

About: Established in 2007 by Dr. John F. O'Connell, '83, in memory of Dr. Barbara Leiting-O'Connell.

Renewal: The award is renewable assuming continuous full-time enrollment. Part-time attendance or withdrawal from the university will result in cancellation of the scholarship. Student must also maintain a 3.25 GPA.

Greg and Antoinette Rickle Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

About: Established in 2010 by Greg (Class of 1973) and Antoinette (Nina) Rickle (1973). This award alternates yearly between the chemistry and anthropology departments. If no qualified recipient is available, the other department may award the scholarship for that year.

Shirley Larzelere Viele Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must have a signed chemistry major, intent of becoming a high school chemistry teacher, and be involved in campus activities, such as the American Chemical Society student affiliates or intramural sports.

About: Students must submit a one-page essay that demonstrates their financial need.

Renewal: This award is renewable.

Michael J. and Susan P. Farrell Endowed Scholarship in Science Education

Eligibility: A renewable award for a student enrolled in the College of Science & Engineering pursuing a career in science education with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Renewal: This award is renewable.

Max A. May Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry

Eligibility: Must be a junior or senior chemistry or biochemistry major with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and come from a rural/farming background.

Renewal: This award is renewable 1 time.

Joan H. Rogers Endowed Award

Eligibility: Must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater with chemistry career aspirations including teaching, medicine, or otherwise health related.

Renewal: This award is renewable 2 times.

Paul David Cratin Physical Chemistry Graduate Student Endowed Award

Eligibility: Must be a chemistry graduate student pursuing a MS degree in an area related to physical chemistry.

Philip J. Squattrito Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be an undergraduate signed chemistry major with a GPA of 3.0 or greater AND a 3.0 of greater in Chemistry classes with a minimum of 8 credit hours of chemistry.

Timothy Burdon Endowed Chemistry Award

Eligibility: Must be a junior or higher student majoring in chemistry with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.  Must be a Michigan resident (very strong preference given to Midland county residents).

Wilson F. Millar III Chemistry Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Student must be enrolled in a qualifying major within the Chemistry Department. Student must demonstrate financial need and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. This award is renewable.