Sustained support from generous donors and friends like you ensures that College of Science & Engineering students will continue to receive the quality education that best prepares them for a meaningful career.

Current and future students benefit from all gifts that we receive from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends. In addition to helping us control costs, gifts enhance our efforts to achieve our goals which include:
  • Increasing the number and value of student scholarships
  • Attracting the best and brightest students
  • Recruiting the retaining top-ranked faculty
  • Establishing distinguished professorships
  • Developing and strengthening academic programs
  • Purchasing advanced equipment
  • Improving academic and research facilities

Support the College

Generous support from alumni and friends helps provide educational opportunities for the next class of students.

Whether it's through gifts for specific giving societies, or donations that fund scholarships, equipment or other areas, there are many areas and ways in which you can support College of Science and Engineering students, faculty, and programs.

Ways to Give

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

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.

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

Established in 1966 by Rodney J. Rogers, a former student, and contributed to by many other students, faculty, family and friends to commemorate her 37 years of service (1923 – 1960) to CMU. Irene was an ornithologist, author of the booklet “Guide for Young Naturalists”, dedicated teacher, friend, and counselor who served 24 years as head of the Biology Department. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding incoming freshmen planning to major in Biology.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Established in 1960 (converted to an endowed fund in 1988) to honor the donor's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lirones and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nelson. David earning his Bachelor of Arts in Biology at CMU in 1949. He continued his higher education becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and practiced family medicine for over 35 years in Flint, MI until he passed away in 2007 at age 83. Bernice earning her Bachelor of Science from CMU in 1947. She continued her higher education at the University of Michigan earning a Master of Arts and became an elementary teacher.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Retired biology faculty member Dr. Roy Burlington and his wife Alice established this endowment in 2006 to support undergraduate research.

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.

This endowment was established in memory of former Vice President of Business and Finance, Norvall C. Bovee, by his family in 1995.

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.

This endowment was established in 1994 in memory of Dr. Raymond E. Hampton, who dedicated 24 years of service, loyalty, and positive invludence to CMU and the Department of Biology.

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.

This endowment was established in 2005 by retired biology faculty member Dr. Gil Starks and his wife, Dr. Kay Starks.

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.

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

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.