Department of Biological Sciences

Scholarships

General Information about Awards

Here you will find information on the scholarships given by the Department of Biological Sciences categorized by type.

Please note: Many of the scholarships awarded by the department DO NOT require an application form – students are selected by the Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee based on overall GPA and hours attended at WIU. Scholarships that do require an application have a downloadable application form link.

GPA-Based Scholarships – No Application

The following scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Committee based on overall GPA and the number of hours attended at WIU. Students selected for these scholarships will be notified in mid-Spring semester.

We also award an outstanding senior the Mary A. Bennett Award.

Roy M. Sallee Award
GPA, ACT, Year in School
: Outstanding GPA, Freshman
Major, Other Requirements: Biology Major
Awarded in Spring
Award Amount: Varies

H. D. Waggoner Memorial Award
GPA, ACT, Year in School: Outstanding GPA, Sophomore
Major, Other Requirements: Biology Major
Awarded in Spring
Award Amount: Varies

Mary A. Bennett Award
GPA, ACT, Year in School: Outstanding GPA, Senior
Major, Other Requirements: Biology Major
Awarded half in the Fall and half in the Spring of senior year
Award Amount: Varies

R. M. Myers Award
GPA, ACT, Year in School: Outstanding GPA, Junior
Major, Other Requirements: Biology
Awarded in Spring
Award Amount: Varies

Jean S. and Roger M. Morrow Award for Biology Education
GPA, ACT, Year in School: Outstanding GPA, Junior
Major, Other Requirements: Biology Education
Awarded in Spring
Award Amount:Varies

Robert Henry Biological Sciences Award for Botany
GPA, ACT, Year in School: Full-time undergraduate majoring in Biology
Major, Other Requirements: Plant Biology / Botany
Awarded in Spring
Award Amount: $150

Samuel L. Singer Award for Microbiology
GPA, ACT, Year in School: Outstanding GPA, Senior
Major, Other Requirements: Microbiology
Awarded in Spring
Award Amount:Varies

Scholarships Requiring an Application

The following scholarships require an application at various times of the year.

George M. Ward Scholarship

PDF Application Form

Description & Criteria
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must be a major of Biological Sciences. Preference will be give to applicants that are concerned about the future of our environment and are planning on pursuing a career in natural resources conservation. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 hours by the end of the semester of application, have a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and be working at the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Terms: This award shall be for $1000 annually and will be applied to tuition on the student's account, $500 for the fall and spring semesters.

Selection Process: Recipient will be selected by the Western Illinois University Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee.

Additional Comments: Financial need is not a consideration. This award is RENEWABLE provided that the student maintain a 3.5 grade point average while making satisfactory progress toward degree completion and continues working at the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station.

Deadline for Application: April 1; recipient will be selected no later than May 1.

Paul Nollen Biology Honors Scholarship

Description & Criteria
GPA, ACT, Year in School: Junior/Senior; 3.5 or better GPA

Major, Other Requirements: Must major in Biological Sciences and be in good standing in the Department Honors Program

Deadline to Apply: April 1 for senior awards and September 15 for junior awards

Award Amount: Two awards at $1000

Apply to/Contact: Chairperson , Department of Biological Sciences

Comments: Participation in University Honors Program and Department Student Activities is desirable. Financial need not a consideration. Renewable if maintains a 3.5 and Honors Program status

P. James Nielsen Scholarship for RISE Students

Description & Criteria
This is a summer research scholarship for students that are currently conducting research with a faculty mentor in the Department of Biological Sciences at WIU. The student will receive a $3000 award as a summer stipend.

Scholarship applicant requirements:

  • Enrollment in the RISE (Research Inspiring Student Excellence) program. (Contact Dr. Porras-Alfaro if you questions about how to be part of RISE).
  • Department of Biological Sciences major
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior biology major with at least a 2.8 GPA
  • Completion of at least one semester experience conducting research with a faculty mentor in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • Career aspirations for graduate or professional school.

Student must submit:
a. Research proposal (maximum 750 words). The proposal must include a brief introduction, research objectives, brief description of the methods, preliminary data (if available), expected results, and significance of your study.
b. Curriculum vitae.
c. Letter of recommendation from the Faculty Mentor with whom the student will be conducting the research.
d. Official transcript.
e. Short statement of career goals and an explanation of how this award will be important in fulfilling those goals.

Terms: $3000 will be awarded in the summer and paid to the student to support summer living expenses. The stipend will be for an 8-week long research experience (minimum 20 hrs a week) with a start date of June 1st. At the end of their research experience, the student will be required to present a short seminar and complete a report with the main results and conclusions from their research experience.

Deadline to Apply: March 28

Selection Process: Recipient will be selected by the Western Illinois University Department of Biological Sciences Scholarship Committee.

Scholarships Currently Unavailable

The following scholarships were once offered by the department, but not in recent years. Currently, there are no application forms or information for these awards:

  • Whitetails Unlimited Inc. Scholarship
  • Mary McCutcheon Hofsess Scholarship

Scholarship Committee

Dr. Scott Holt, Chair

Dr. Ken McCravy

Dr. Mike Romano