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CMU Biological Station Scholarships

​The Central Michigan University Biology Department awards scholarships to undergraduate and gradu​ate 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 vita (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 ​HE​RE. 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.


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 any student majoring in biology, who 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. Preference will be given to a student seeking secondary education certification.

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.

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