Scholarships

If you're like most students, scholarships will provide an important part of your financial aid package.

The CMU Department of Chemistry offers scholarships – based on need, academic focus, career aspirations and other specific criteria – for transfer students and continuing students.

In addition, click here to learn more about scholarships available for all CMU students.

Department Scholarships

Many of the CMU Department of Chemistry scholarships are renewable, but require submission of a new application each year.

Application. Your completed application must be submitted in hard copy to the Department of Chemistry office (Dow Science Complex 268) by 4:00 PM on March 7, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

Selection process. The selection of a student to be awarded a scholarship will be made by a committee composed of the chairperson of the Department of Chemistry and such other persons as the chair may designate. The decision will be made on the basis of:

  • A personal statement written by the applicant
  • Grades in university/college courses, especially chemistry. Please attach a copy of your CMU transcripts to your application; an unofficial copy will do. Also, if applicable, transcripts showing grades for transfer credits must be included.
  • Other factors

Notification. Scholarship recipients will be notified via e-mail before the awards are presented in the Fall of 2014.

Descriptions and qualifications for each of the Department of Chemistry scholarships are listed below.


Chemistry 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.

Amount: Approximately $500


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 activities.

About: Established in 2008 by Wendell and Marcia Dilling.

Amount: Approximately $300

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.

Amount: Approximately $550

Renewal: This award is renewable.


Malcolm 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 chemistry department chairperson.

Amount: Approximately $650


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 in 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​.

Amount: Approximately $500

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


Dr. Frederick C. and Lois M. Kabbe Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must be majoring in chemistry or mathematics and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

About: Established in 2012 by the family of Dr. Frederick C. and Lois M. Kabbe and their sons. Income from the scholarship will support a chemistry major with preference given to a part-time or full-time single parent or a student from a single parent household, graduating from an Isabella County or contiguous county high school. Interested applicants should write a short essay that describes how they meet this criterion.

Renewal: This scholarship is renewable.

Amount: Multiple awards from $1,000-$2,000 may be granted, depending on the available endowment amount.


Robert E. and Cordelia B. Kohrman Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must be a junior enrolled in the College of Science and Technology 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 October 5. Ernest was a faculty member from 1921 to 1953 and chairperson of Chemistry and Physics when he retired.

Amount: Approximately $2,000


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.

Amount: Approximately $1,300

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. 

*Note to students: This scholarship is not available for 2014 to chemistry students, as the anthropology department has its turn to distribute the award this 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, intramural sports, etc.

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

Renewal: This award is renewable.

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