Biology Scholarships

​​For scholarships available to biology students, but not offered directly by the Biology Department click on the following links:

  • Click HERE for the McNair Scholars Program.  The McNair aims to successfully prepare you for entrance into graduate school. The ultimate goal of the program is for you to achieve a Ph.D. within ten years of graduating from Central Michigan University.
  • In addition, click here to learn more about scholarships available for all CMU students.

Biology Department Scholarships

Eligibility

The Central Michigan University Biology Department awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in biology each year. These include awards for incoming freshmen and transfer students who are planning to major in biology at CMU and students taking summer classes or doing research at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.

Deadlines

Many of the scholarships are renewable, but require submission of a new application each year. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 15. Incoming freshman and transfer student applications are due May 1. Scholarship funds are dispersed the following summer (summer awards only) or in the fall and spring (half each semester) of the following academic year.

Awards Ceremony

Each year in late September/early October, the Biology Department hosts a scholarship awards ceremony and reception that scholarship recipients are required to attend.

Application

To apply for a scholarship, download the scholarship application HERE. Indicate at the top of the first page of the form the scholarships for which you would like to be considered. In addition to the application form, all applications require a personal statement outlining your qualifications and financial need, copies of current transcripts, a curriculum vitae (c.v.), and two completed recommendation forms. Some scholarships have additional application requirements (see the application form). You can download the c.v. template HERE to create your c.v.  ​For letters of recommendation, download the recommendation form HERE. Your application will be stronger with a recommendation from a professor, teacher or professional supervisor, if possible.

Return all applications materials to the Biology Department (only complete applications will be reviewed) by email to BioSc​holarships@cmich.edu


Applications for the CMU Biological Station Scholarships will be forwarded to the Director of the CMU Biological Station for selection.

Descriptions and qualifications for each of the Biology Department scholarships and the CMU Biological Station scholarships are listed below. Note: Scholarships that specify a particular class rank (e.g. freshman, sophomore, junior) are referring to the class rank you will be in the following academic year, not your rank at the time of application.


Incoming Freshman and Transfer Student Scholarships

Incoming Freshman Scholarship

Purpose: To provide awards to incoming freshmen who intend to major in biology and who have outstanding high school academic backgrounds.

Qualifications: Applicant must be an incoming freshman with a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, strong background in biology and chemistry, three years of mathematics, and an ACT composite score of 25 or better.

Award amount: up to $1,000

Renewal status: This award is renewable for up to three additional years upon reapplication. To be eligible for renewal, the recipient must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better freshman year and a 3.25 thereafter, with a 3.0 or better in biology, chemistry, and physics courses. The student must complete at least one biology course per semester as a full-time student.

Scholarship/donor information: Alumni and faculty members who contributed to the Biology Department General Fund for Scholarships established this scholarship in honor of emeritus faculty Laverne Curry, Jack Adams, Wakelin McNeel, and Faith Johnston.


Irene Jorae Scholarship

Purpose: To provide awards to incoming freshmen who intend to major in biology and who have outstanding high school academic backgrounds.

Qualifications: Applicant must be an incoming freshman with a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, strong background in biology and chemistry, three years of mathematics, and an ACT composite score of 25 or better.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is renewable for up to three additional years upon reapplication. To be eligible for renewal, the recipient must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better freshman year and a 3.25 thereafter, with a 3.0 or better in biology, chemistry, and physics courses. The student must complete at least one biology course per semester as a full-time student.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Rodney J. Rogers established this scholarship in November 1966 to commemorate Irene Jorae, a dedicated teacher, friend, and counselor who gave 36 years of service to CMU.


Nicholas and Mabel Cuthbert Scholarship

Purpose: To provide awards to incoming freshmen who intend to major in biology and who have outstanding high school academic backgrounds.

Qualifications: Applicant must be an incoming freshman with a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, strong background in biology and chemistry, three years of mathematics, and an ACT composite score of 25 or better.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is renewable for up to three additional years upon reapplication. To be eligible for renewal, the recipient must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better freshman year and a 3.25 thereafter, with a 3.0 or better in biology, chemistry, and physics courses. The student must complete at least one biology course per semester as a full-time student.

Scholarship/Donor Information: The Nicholas and Mabel Cuthbert Biology Scholarship was established by their daughter, Dr. Francesca Cuthbert (currently Professor and Department Head, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota) to provide an award to an incoming freshman who intends to major in biology and who has an outstanding high school academic background. Dr. Nicholas Cuthbert was hired in 1947 as a young assistant professor trained in genetics. He taught many courses, including those in the area of ornithology, and served as interim Chair of the Biology Department. Mabel Cuthbert taught intermittently in the Biology department and was the author of two books on wildflower identification. Nicholas and Mabel Cuthbert were very active at the university and in the community. Nicholas retired in 1976.


Transfer Student Scholarship

Purpose: To provide an award to a transfer student majoring in biology and who has an university, college, or community college background.

Qualifications: Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or better.

Award Amount: up to $1,000

Renewal Status: This award is renewable for up to three additional years upon reapplication. To be eligible for renewal, the recipient must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better the first year and a 3.25 thereafter, with a 3.0 or better in biology, chemistry, and physics courses. The student must complete at least one biology course per semester as a full-time student.

Scholarship/Donor Information: A fairly unique aspect to our departmental scholarships is the recognition of transfer students. The Biology Department Transfer Student Scholarship is designed to acknowledge the outstanding academic background of a student majoring in biology who is transferring here from another university, college or community college. The award is based on previous college or community college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and participation in extracurricular activities.


Undergraduate Scholarships

Dr. Maurice H. Chapin Pre-Medicine Award

Purpose: This scholarship is awarded to a CMU junior, or senior biology major planning to attend medical school (MD or DO only).

Qualifications: Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Award Amount: up to $1,000

Renewal Status: This award is renewable for up to two years of full-time continuous enrollment. The recipient must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for scholarship renewal. The student must complete at least one biology course per semester as a full-time student resulting in a GPA of at least 3.25 in biology, chemistry, and physics courses.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Established in 2007 by Dr. Maurice H. Chapin, CMU class of 1951, a retired family practice physician in the Millington area.


Claudia B. Douglass Science Education Award

Purpose: To recognize an outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior pursuing a major in elementary or secondary Integrated Science (preferred) or secondary Biology.

Qualifications: Applicant must have at least a 3.5 overall GPA; 3.25 GPA average in all science classes (not including mathematics); 9 semester hours of science completed (including the semester of application); signed major in elementary or secondary Integrated Science (preferred) or secondary Biology; be a full-time student. The applicant must provide a personal statement describing his or her academic/career goals. The statement must also address why the applicant thinks science is important in the K-12 classroom and why he or she is a worthy recipient of the award; at least one letter of recommendation must describe the applicant's involvement with children/youth. This award is merit-based (not need-based) and requires outstanding extracurricular involvement with children (teaching is valued more than camp experiences).

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is renewable each year through the student's fifth academic year since matriculation as a freshman (therefore, the maximum award is for a total of four years). To be eligible for renewal, a student must continue in the elementary or secondary Integrated Science (preferred) or secondary Biology major, maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.25 and a GPA of 3.0 in science classes, take at least one science course of 3 credits or more per semester except during the student teaching semester, continue volunteer involvement with children/youth, and be a full-time student. If there is funding for only one award, a renewal will be made to a qualified student before another new award is made.

Scholarship/Donor Information: This scholarship was established in 2003 by Dr. Claudia Douglass, a member of the Department of Biology faculty and Chair of the Biology Department from 2004-2008. Dr. Douglass' research interests include biology education, cognitive style, and the development of science curricula. She is a state leader in developing more rigorous high school science standards and has facilitated the creation of a state-wide professional learning community of scientists and science educators.


Robert G. Fell Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: To recognize an outstanding freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior student (full-time or part-time) majoring in Biology, with preference given to a disabled person.

Qualifications: Preference is given to disabled persons applying for the scholarship to those with financial need. Although there is no minimum GPA required, the recipient must be in good academic standing.

Award Amount: up to $400

Renewal Status: This award is renewable upon reapplication.

Scholarship/Donor Information: The Robert G. Fell Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of this former faculty member of the CMU Biology Department. Robert Fell was hired in 1965 and taught courses in invertebrate zoology until his death in 1983.


Michigan Garden Club, Inc. Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding full-time biology undergraduate junior or senior or graduate student with interests in any of a variety of botanical or land management subjects.

Qualifications: Applicant must demonstrate financial need, have taken a general botany course, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA overall with a minimum 3.25 GPA in biology courses, and a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. At least one additional plant course must be taken.

Award Amount: up to $1,000

Renewal Status: This award is renewable upon reapplication.

Scholarship/Donor Information: This scholarship is sponsored by the Garden Clubs of Michigan to encourage the study of horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, forestry, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city planning, land management and other related subjects.


Dr. W.E. and Idonea Lewis Hersee Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarship is awarded to a CMU junior or senior majoring in biology and planning to go to medical school (MD or DO only).

Qualifications: Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.5

Award Amount: up to $1,000

Renewal Status: The scholarship is renewable for each year of a degree program, maximum of three times. To be eligible for renewal, the recipient must maintain an overall 3.25 GPA or better, and complete at least one biology course per semester as a full-time student with a 3.25 GPA or better in all biology, chemistry, and physics courses.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Sandra and Dennis Olson established this scholarship in 2005 in honor of Sandra's parents, Dr. W.E. Hersee and Idonea Lewis Hersee, both CMU class of 1931. The need for financial aid can be a consideration for this scholarship.


Olive Hutchinson-Kries Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarship is awarded annually to an academically outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior biology major.

Qualifications: Applicant must have completed at least 30 CMU credit hours (not restricted to biology) and have a 3.5 GPA or better.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is renewable upon reapplication.

Scholarship/Donor Information: This scholarship was established in 1976 and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Olive Hutchinson-Kries, a member of the Biology Department from 1936-1960.


Frank and Virjean Johnson Endowed Scholarship

Purpose: Every other year, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding sophomore, junior or senior majoring in Chemistry, Biology, or Physics, and in alternate years, the scholarship is awarded to an outstanding sophomore, junior or senior in science education.

Qualifications: Applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is renewable upon reapplication. To be eligible for renewal, the recipient must maintain an overall 3.5 GPA.

Scholarship/Donor Information: This scholarship was established in 2000 by Dr. Frank D. Johnson, 1950, former director of Continuing Medical Education at Central Michigan Community Hospital and his wife, M. Virjean, 1951, a former elementary school teacher.


Arthur Loren Kontio Outstanding Young Biologist Award

Purpose: This award is to recognize an outstanding freshman or sophomore majoring in biology. It is based solely upon letters of nomination from the Biology Department faculty.

Qualifications: Applicant must be nominated by a faculty member.

Award Amount: up to $1,000

Renewal Status: This award is not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Loren Kontio established this award upon his retirement in 1993 to recognize the outstanding achievement of young biologists at Central Michigan University. Loren Kontio was drawn from the Upper Peninsula to CMU by the strength of its aquatic biology program. He was a graduate student, a graduate teaching assistant, and then a faculty member at CMU teaching here for over 30 years. Mr. Kontio remembers the students who encouraged and challenged him as a faculty member and wanted to offer this prize as encouragement and praise to those outstanding students.


Dr. David S. and Bernice A. (Nelson) Lirones Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in biology and pursuing studies in pre-medicine (MD) or pre-osteopathy (DO) only. If no students meet the selected criteria for pre-medicine, then a student majoring in education and desiring to teach in the sciences may be selected.

Qualifications: Applicant must be a junior or senior standing with a 3.0 GPA or better in one of the preferred programs. The student must have a signed major in biology and complete at least one biology course per semester as a full-time student (12 credits/semester), and have at least a 3.25 GPA in biology, chemistry, and physics courses.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This scholarship may be renewed upon reapplication if a 3.0 GPA has been maintained.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Established to honor the donor's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lirones and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nelson.


Kimberly Sue Mills Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior student majoring in biology.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to female students.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award can be renewed once if applicant meets original requirements upon reapplication.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Family and friends established this scholarship in memory of Kimberly Sue Mills, a former CMU undergraduate biology student, who died during her graduate studies at the University of Montana Biology Station in 1981.


Pre-Medicine and Osteopathic Society Endowed Award

Purpose: This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding junior who is an active member of the Society.

Qualifications: Eligible students are juniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Must be past initiation and an active Society member for at least three semesters.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: Not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: The Pre-Medicine and Osteopathic Society sponsor this scholarship beginning 2013. The student must present copies of certificates of active membership to prove involvement.


George R. Wheeler Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarship is awarded to a CMU sophomore, junior or senior biology major pursuing studies in outdoor environmental education, ecology, or conservation.

Qualifications: Although there is no minimum grade point requirement, the recipient must be in good academic standing.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This scholarship is renewable upon reapplication.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Established in honor of Mr. Wheeler, head of the Department of Conservation and Agriculture from 1947 to 1960 at Central Michigan Normal School, now CMU. He will long be remembered for his pioneering work in conservation education.


Daniel E. and Mildred G. Wujek Scholarship

Purpose: This award is for a botany or aquatic biology undergraduate student to support research.

Qualifications: Applicant must be an undergraduate student in botany or aquatic biology with a GPA of at least a 3.0. Preference is given to a botany student.

Award Amount: up to $650 and is limited to one summer.

Renewal Status: This scholarship is renewable upon reapplication.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Established by Daniel E. and Mildred G. Wujek, both CMU alumni. Dr. Dan Wujek was a graduate student and then a faculty member in the Biology Department until he retired in 2004. Each applicant must provide a detailed research prospectus with the application. The award may be used for tuition, books, room and board at a biological station, research logistic support and/or supplies in support of research.


Graduate Scholarships

Raymond E. Hampton Excellence in Biology Research Award

Purpose: This award is for a second-year biology graduate student who is doing summer research at the CMU Biological Station.

Qualifications: Applicant must be a second-year biology graduate student who is doing summer research at the CMU Biological Station.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: The endowment was established in memory of Dr. Raymond E. Hampton, who dedicated 24 years of service, loyalty, and positive influence to CMU and the Department of Biology. Applicant must submit a prospectus defining the research project to be accomplished while at the CMU Biological Station and a budget of expected research expenses. The awardee must also submit a statement of research progress and accomplishment to the Department of Biology by the following September 15. The award may be used for tuition, books, and room and board expenses at the CMU Biological Station. It may also be used for expenses involved in presenting research results at a meeting or conference.


Michigan Garden Club, Inc. Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarships is awarded to an outstanding full-time biology undergraduate junior or senior, or a graduate student with interests in any of a variety of botanical or land management subjects.

Qualifications: Applicant must have taken a general botany course, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA overall with a minimum 3.25 GPA in biology courses, and a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. At least one additional plant course must be taken.

Award Amount: up to $1,000

Renewal Status: This award is renewable upon reapplication.

Scholarship/Donor Information: This scholarship is sponsored by the Garden Clubs of Michigan to encourage the study of horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, forestry, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city planning, land management and other related subjects.


Marion Whitney Summer Graduate Scholarship

Purpose: This award is for summer support of a graduate student who is completing a thesis in the field of zoology.

Qualifications: Applicant must be a graduate student in the area of zoology enrolled at CMU, who has completed at least 6 graduate credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 or better. Applicant must be pursuing a Plan A thesis with a research prospectus on file. A research prospectus should be included in the application.

Award Amount: up to $1,000

Renewal Status: This award is not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Marion Whitney was hired in 1963 and taught in the Biology Department until 1981 when she retired. She was diversely trained and her research centered on rock weathering. Upon her death several years ago, her estate established this scholarship.


Daniel E. and Mildred G. Wujek Scholarship

Purpose: This award is for a botany or aquatic biology graduate student to support research.

Qualifications: Applicant must be an undergraduate student in botany or aquatic biology with a GPA of at least a 3.0. Preference is given to a botany student.

Award Amount: up to $650 and is limited to one summer.

Renewal Status: This scholarship is renewable upon reapplication.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Established by Daniel E. and Mildred G. Wujek, both CMU alumni. Dr. Dan Wujek was a graduate student and then a faculty member in the Biology Department until he retired in 2004. Each applicant must provide a detailed research prospectus with the application. The award may be used for tuition, books, room and board at a biological station, research logistic support and/or supplies in support of research.

CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island Scholarships

For more information about courses and research at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, click here to visit the CMUBS website.

CMU Biological Station Tuition Scholarships

Purpose: Tuition scholarships are awarded to students who enroll for Biology summer classes at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.

Qualifications: High school, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible to apply for tuition remission for one biology class each summer.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is renewable upon reapplication.

Scholarship/Donor Information: This scholarship was established in the late 1970s by the first director of the CMU Biological Station, Dr. Matthew Hohn, and Emeritus Professor of Biology, Dr. Roy Burlington. Its function was and continues to be to encourage students who could otherwise not afford tuition, to enroll in credit courses offered at CMUBS. To this day it has been funded by private donations and the deposit return of aluminum cans at CMUBS.


Suzanne and Raymond Baber, Jr. Endowed Scholarship for Beaver Island Students

Purpose: This award is for a biology major or minor who is taking a course or courses at the CMU Biological Station.

Qualifications: Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled in at least one course at CMUBS.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Mrs. Suzanne Baber established this scholarship for Beaver Island students in 2007, in her name and that of her late husband, Bud. Sue ('48) has visited the Biological Station on Beaver Island and was impressed by the experience a student has while taking classes there. Knowing that taking classes on the Island has added expenses, she chose the criteria for the Scholarship to meet that need. This award may be used for tuition, books, room and board, and travel expenses associated with the enrollment in a CMUBS course.


Roy and Alice Burlington Beaver Island Endowed Award

Purpose: This award is for an undergraduate majoring in biology to support research at the CMU Biological Station.

Qualifications: Applicant must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Preference will be given to students with financial need. Applicant must provide a detailed research prospectus with application. Students receiving this award MUST enroll in Independent Study (BIO 403: Undergraduate Research). Click here to download the BIO 403 Application.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Retired Biology faculty member Dr. Roy Burlington and his wife Alice established this endowment to support undergraduate research. Roy served as department chair (1992-2001) and was known as an excellent teacher and internationally for his research on mammalian hibernation. The award may be used for tuition, room and board, research logistics support, and supplies to support research at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.


Norvall C. and Evelyn Gagnon Bovee Scholarship

Purpose: This award is for biology majors or minors demonstrating financial need and taking courses at the CMU Biological Station.

Qualifications: Applicant must be a junior or senior full-time undergraduate student enrolled in at least one course at CMUBS. Applicant must have demonstrated care and concern for others and shown positive human relation skills and leadership. Selection of the recipient will also be based on academic performance.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: This endowment was established in memory of former Vice President of Business and Finance Norvall C. Bovee by his family. Norvall and Evelyn Bovee were great friends of the CMU Biological Station. Mrs. Evelyn Bovee still resides in Mount Pleasant but maintains strong ties to the CMU Biological Station and often spends much of her summer at her cottage on Beaver Island. This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, room and board, and ferry travel.


Raymond E. Hampton Excellence in Biology Research Award

Purpose: This award is for a second-year biology graduate student who is doing summer research at the CMU Biological Station.

Qualifications: Applicant must be a second-year graduate student enrolled at CMU in the Department of Biology with an earned overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: The endowment was established in memory of Dr. Raymond E. Hampton, who dedicated 24 years of service, loyalty, and positive influence to CMU and the Department of Biology. For many years he taught a variety of courses at CMUBS including Nature Photography, a popular student favorite. Applicant must submit a prospectus defining the research project to be accomplished while at the CMU Biological Station and a budget of expected research expenses. The awardee must also submit a statement of research progress and accomplishment to the Department of Biology by the following September 15. The award may be used for tuition, books, and room and board expenses at the CMU Biological Station. It may also be used for expenses involved in presenting research results at a meeting or conference.


Gil and Kay Starks Endowed Scholarship

Purpose: This award is for a student who is seeking a Secondary Education Certification in Biology, has an outstanding academic background, and is enrolled in a class at the CMU Biological Station.

Qualifications: Applicant must have a class status of sophomore, junior or senior, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: This endowment was established by retired Biology faculty member Dr. Gil Starks and his wife, Dr. Kay Starks. Drs. Gil and Kay Starks were impressed by the quality of education in the courses offered at CMUBS and established this award to encourage students to choose teaching as a career so as to continue such quality instruction in biology. This award may be used for tuition, books, room and board, and travel expenses associated with the enrollment in a CMUBS course.


Corey Paul Woiteshek Beaver Island Endowed Award

Purpose: This award is for an undergraduate biology major or minor enrolled in at least one class at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.

Qualifications: Applicant must be a junior or senior with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants must write a paragraph on their interests and goals relating to their love of nature.

Award Amount: up to $500

Renewal Status: This award is not renewable.

Scholarship/Donor Information: Established in 2007 by the family and friends of the late Corey Woiteshek, this award will be used to fund expenses for a student to take a class or classes at the CMU Biological Station. Corey was a 1997 CMU alumnus who died as a result of injuries received in an auto accident in April 2007. Corey was a biology major and loved his experience taking classes and visiting Beaver Island. His family chose to honor his memory by helping others share that experience. Applicants must write a paragraph on their interests and goals relating to their love of nature. The award may be used for tuition, books, room and board, and/or travel-related expenses.