College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarships for the Department of Biological Sciences 

Please consider donating to one or more of these worthwhile scholarships. To donate please go to the WIU Foundation Office and we thank you for your willingness to support our outstanding students!

Biological Sciences Department Scholar

Criteria:

  • Major in Biological Sciences
  • Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the field

Terms:

Amount is determined by the Department of Biological Sciences

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable? No

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Biological Science Fund

Criteria:

  • Students with expressed interest in, or majoring in any biological science related discipline
  • Demonstrated desire to graduate and contribute to said career field

Terms:

Amount is determined by the Department of Biological Sciences

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

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Biological Science Fund Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Graduate in the biological sciences conducting research in any biological discipline
  • One-page essay

Terms:

Amount is determined by the Department of Biological Sciences, but is usually $500

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

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George M. Ward Memorial Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Must be a major in biological sciences
  • Must be working at Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station
  • Must have completed 60 semester h ours by the end of the semester of application
  • Minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Preference given to applicants who are concerned about the future of our environment and are planning on pursuing a career in natural resources conservation

Terms:

Award amount will be $1,000, but may be adjusted based on annual interest earnings on the endowment

Deadline: April 1

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen mid-spring by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is this Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes. Student must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA while making satisfactory progress toward degree completion and continue working at the Alice B. Kibbe Life Science Station

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H. D. Waggoner Memorial Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Sophomore standing with at least one semester remaining
  • Major in Biological Sciences
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the field of Biological Sciences
  • Student cannot receive any other Biology scholarship

Terms:

Award amount will be determined by the department

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen mid-spring by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications:

Nominations will be submitted by faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Jean S. & Roger M. Morrow Biology Award

Criteria:

  • Entering junior year during semester of scholarship
  • Biology major
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate positive contribution to the overall advancement of the science of biology
  • Preference given to a student wishing to teach biology, though this is not mandatory

Terms:

The award amount will be determined from annual interest earnings on the endowment

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes. Renewable for one year as long as the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA and remains a Biology major

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Kenneth Fritz Memorial Scholarship

Criteria:

Outstanding student in a biological sciences conservation program who has demonstrated significant contributions to the field of conservation

Terms:

Award amount will be determined by the department

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen mid-spring by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee based on recommendations from Department of Biological Sciences faculty

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Dr. Mary A. Bennett Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Junior class level at time of application
  • Biology major with at least 12 semester hours of Biology coursework
  • Minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the field of Biological Sciences

Terms:

The award amount is determined by the department and will be awarded half in the fall and half in the spring

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Deadline Date: September 1

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Microbiology Fund

Criteria:

  • Students with expressed interest in, or majoring in a microbiology related discipline
  • Demonstrated desire to graduate and contribute to said career field

Terms:

Amount is determined by the Department of Biological Sciences

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Application and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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RISE@WIU P. James Nielsen RISE Summer REU

Criteria:

  • Biology major
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior with at least a 2.8 GPA
  • Enrolled in the RISE (Research Inspiring Student Excellence) Program
  • Completion of at least one semester experience conducting research with a faculty mentor in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Career aspirations to pursue graduate or professional school 
  • Must present research results at the RISE meetings

Terms:

Award amount is determined by the RISE@WIU committee. The inaugural award amount is $3,000, awarded in the summer to support living expenses. The stipend will be for an eight-week-long research experience (minimum 20 hours/week) with a start date of June 1

Selection Process:

Applicants will be ranked by the Department Awards Committee and final selections will be made by the RISE@WIU Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Paul Nollen Biology Honors Scholarships

Criteria:

  • Be a member of the University Honors Program
  • Be enrolled in good standing in the Department of Biological Sciences Honors Program with a departmental major
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Have completed or will complete the introductory Biological Sciences core courses of BOT200, MICR200, and ZOOL200 by the end of the semester in which this application is submitted
  • Participate in University Honors Program Student Activities
  • Participate in Department of Biological Sciences Student Activities such as Tri Beta Wildlife Society, Microbiology Club, and Pre-professional Club
  • Submit a statement on the value of the honors program and a WIU Biological Sciences education to their future
  • Financial need will NOT be a consideration in awarding this scholarship
  • A sophomore applicant must have completed 30 hours of study
  • A junior applicant must have completed 60 hours of study
  • A senior applicant must have completed 90 hours of study

Terms:

The total scholarship will be $1,750, to paid in two installments during the fall and spring semesters. Awardees must remain in good standing in the Department of Biological Sciences Honors Program and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA to receive payments.

The award will be lost if the student drops out of the Department of Biological Sciences Honors Program. A new recipient will be selected to fill the remaining term of that individual scholarship.

Selection Process:

The combined members of the Biology Department Honors and Scholarship Committees with the chair of the Honors Committee serving as chair will select the recipients after reviewing the applications.

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Deadline for Application:

Applications are due by 1:00 p.m. on September 15 

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes. Sophomore Awardees will be renewed for junior year with satisfactory progress in the Department of Biological Sciences Honors Program and a 3.5 cumulative GPA.  Junior Awardees will be renewed for their senior year with satisfactory progress in the Department of Biological Sciences Honors Program and a 3.5 cumulative GPA

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R. M. Myers Award

Criteria:

  • Junior class level
  • Biology major
  • Outstanding GPA
  • Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the field of Biological Sciences

Terms:

Award amount will be determined by the department

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen mid-spring by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications:

Nominations will be submitted by faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Dr. Robert Henry Biological Sciences Award

Criteria:

  • Undergraduate student majoring in Biology
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Preference given to undergraduate Biology major from Illinois who is interested in plant biology

Terms:

The award amount is determined by the department based on earnings on the endowment

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee by mid-spring semester

Applications:

Nominations will be submitted by faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Roy M. Sallee Award

Criteria:

  • Freshman class level
  • Biology major
  • Outstanding GPA
  • Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the field of Biological Sciences

Terms:

Award amount will be determined by the department

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen mid-spring by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications:

Nominations will be submitted by faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Samuel L. Singer Award

Criteria:

  • Senior class level
  • Microbiology major
  • Outstanding GPA
  • Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the field of Biological Sciences

Terms:

Award amount will be determined by the department

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen mid-spring by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications:

Nominations will be submitted by faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences

Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Shane Van Vleet Memorial Scholarship for Biological Sciences

Criteria:

  • Applicants must either be a junior or senior at WIU majoring in Biological Sciences, with preference given to a pre-dentistry student
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Resident of McDonough or Hancock County
  • Planning to attend medical school or entering a healthcare or medical profession
  • Financial need using the FAFSA or other information
  • Activity/involvement within the Department of Biological Sciences and/or the community

Terms:

One award annually in the amount of $500; the award will be applied to the student's university account in the fall; the award is intended for tuition and books only

Selection Process:

Selection of the award recipient each year shall be made by the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University based on the scholarship criteria

Inquiries, Application, Deadline:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

The award may be automatically renewable for a second year as long as the student maintains a 3.5 GPA or better and continues to major in Biological Sciences

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Vernon Pederson Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Major in Clinical Lab Science
  • Full-time student
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA

Other Information:

Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the field of Clinical Lab Sciences

Terms:

Amount is determined by the Department of Biological Sciences

Selection Process:

Recipient will be chosen by the Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee

Applications and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences
372 Waggoner Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
biology@wiu.edu
(309) 298-1546

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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