​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. 

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


Many of the scholarships are renewable, but require submission of a new application each year. The deadline for most scholarship applications is March 15th. However, 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.


To apply for a scholarship, click here for the online application. After filling out your personal information at the top of the page, remember to read the descriptions and qualifications for each scholarship listed on teh right hand menu. then check the box for each scholarship that you would like to be considered for. 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 on the right hand menu.

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.