The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers scholarships—based on need, academic focus, career aspirations, and other specific criteria—for transfer students and continuing students. In addition to the Department scholarships listed below, click here to learn more about scholarships available for all CMU students and click here to learn about scholarships offered by the American Chemical Society.

Applying for Department Scholarships

A single application form can be used to apply for multiple scholarships for which the applicant is eligible. Many of the CMU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry scholarships are renewable, but require submission of a new application each year.

Application

Your completed application must be submitted to The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry office (Dow Science Complex 268) by 4:00 PM on the last Friday in March. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Click here to download the scholarship application in fillable pdf form.

Selection process

Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee designated by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry chairperson. The decision will be made on the basis of: 

  • Factors relevant to the particular scholarship criteria
  • The personal statement and other information provided by the applicant
  • Grades in university/college courses, especially chemistry and biochemistry courses
  • Participation in the department via research, ACS, or similar

Notification

Scholarship recipients will be notified via e-mail in the fall semester following application submission. 

Scholarships Available

Click below to learn more about each of the scholarships that are available to CMU Chemistry & Biochemistry students. Approximately $40,000 in total are awarded every year. Amounts of individual scholarships vary.

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.
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 & Biochemistry activities.

About: Established in 2008 by Wendell and Marcia Dilling.

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.
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.

Renewal: This award is renewable.
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 chairperson of the Department of Chemistry. 
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 to the chemical sciences. Need is not a criterion.

Renewal: This scholarship is renewable.
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​.

Renewal: The award is renewable; student must maintain a 3.5 GPA.
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.
Eligibility: Student must be a junior enrolled in the College of Science & Engineering 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.
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. Ernest was a faculty member from 1921 to 1953 and chairperson of Chemistry and Physics when he retired.
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.

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.
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.
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 or intramural sports.

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

Renewal: This award is renewable.
Eligibility: A renewable award for a student enrolled in the College of Science & Engineering pursuing a career in science education with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

About:

Renewal: This award is renewable.