Chemistry

Scholarships & Student Awards

Freshman

In-Coming Freshman Award

Number of Awards: 1-5, depending on number and quality of applications received
What Awardee Receives: $100 and certificate
Who selects awardees:  Department Curriculum Committee
Application Deadline: March 15
Criteria: Must be chemistry major, ACT scores, high school class rankings

Maurice Peterson Outstanding Incoming Freshman Award

Number of Awards: One award per year
Application Deadline: March 15
When the Awardee Receives Award: Maximum $500 to$1,000 scholarship (depending on available funds)  applied to tuition and fees on the recipient’s account, half for Fall and Spring Semester
Who selected the Awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Student must be enrolled as a freshman at Western Illinois University and pursuing a B.S. with a major in either chemistry or forensic chemistry. Preference will be given to students who have a composite ACT score of 30 or greater and rank in the top 10% of their high school class. Financial need is not a consideration.
Application: Applications can be obtained from the WIU Scholarship Office, or the Department of Chemistry at Western Illinois University. A letter of recommendation from a high school counselor and a copy of high school transcript should be attached to the completed application. Applications should be returned to the WIU Scholarship office. Sherman Hall 308, Western Illinois University, One University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455.
Deadline for Application: March 15.
Additional Comments: This scholarship is non-renewable, however, recipients are encouraged to apply for other scholarships within the Department of Chemistry for the following years.

Chairman’s Award (Freshman)

Number of Awards:1-2, depending on number of students eligible
What Awardee Receives: Name on plaque and certificate, and a copy of the “Handbook of Chemistry and Physics” from the publisher, Chemical Rubber Company.
Who selects awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Freshman standing and class performance in Chemistry 201 & 202

Sophomore

Organic Chemistry Award (Sophomore)

Number of Awards: 1-2, depending on number of students eligible
What Awardee Receives: Name on plaque and certificate
Who selects awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Class performance in Chemistry 331 & 332

Maurice Peterson Outstanding Sophomore Award

Number of Awards: One award per year
When Awardee is Selected: Deadline for application is March 15.
When the Awardee Receives: Maximum $500 to $1,000 scholarship (depending on available funds) applied to tuition and fees on the recipient’s account, half for the fall and spring semesters
Who selected the awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: To apply for this scholarship a student must be enrolled at Western Illinois University and pursuing a B.S. with a major in either chemistry or forensic chemistry. Financial need is not a consideration.
Application: Applications can be obtained from the Department of Chemistry at Western Illinois University. A letter of recommendation from CHEM 201/202 instructor(s) and a copy of college transcript should be attached to the completed application.
Additional Comments: This scholarship is non-renewable, however, recipients are encouraged to apply for other scholarships within the Department of Chemistry for the following years.
Deadline for Application: March 15. Recipient will be selected by no later than May 1 for the following academic year.

Junior

Physical Chemistry Award (Junior)

Number of Awards: 1-2, depending on number of students eligible
What Awardee Receives: Certificate
Who selects awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Class performance in CHEM 374 and CHEM 375

Maurice Peterson Outstanding Junior Award

Number of Awards:One award per year
Application Deadline: March 15
When the Awardee Receives: Maximum $500 to $1,000 (depending on available funds) scholarship applied to tuition and fees on the recipient’s account, half for the Fall and Spring semesters
Who selected the awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Student must be enrolled at Western Illinois University and pursuing a B.S. with a major in either chemistry or forensic chemistry. Preference will be given to students who have a grade point average of 3.50 or greater and rank in the top 10% of their CHEM 331/332 class at the time of application. Financial need is not a consideration.
Application: Applications can be obtained from the WIU Scholarship Office, or the Department of Chemistry at Western Illinois University. A letter of recommendation and a copy of high school transcript should be attached to the completed application. Applications should be returned to the Chemistry Department, Western Illinois University, One University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455.
Additional Comments: This scholarship is non-renewable, however, recipients are encouraged to apply for other scholarships within the Department of Chemistry for the following years.

Senior

ACS Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry (Senior)

Number of Awards: 1-2, depending on number of students eligible
What Awardee Receives: Certificate from ACS and an 8-month honorary membership and subscription to the “Analytical Chemistry” journal (16 issues)
Who selects awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Class performance in Analytical Chemistry 442

Maurice Peterson Outstanding Senior Award

Number of Awards: One award per year
When Awardee is selected: Deadline for application is March 15. Recipient will be selected no later than May 1
When the Awardee Receives Award: Maximum $500 for the fall semester
Who selected the awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: To apply for this scholarship a student must be enrolled as a senior at Western Illinois University and pursuing a B.S. with a major in either chemistry or forensic chemistry. Preference will be given to students who have a grade point average of 3.50 or greater and rank in the top 10% of their upper level chemistry courses at the time of application. Financial need is not a consideration.
Application: Applications can be obtained from the Department of Chemistry at Western Illinois University. A letter of recommendation from a current chemistry instructor and a copy of college transcript should be attached to the completed application.
Additional Comments: This scholarship is non-renewable.
Deadline for Application: May 15. Recipient will be selected by no later than May 1 for the following academic year.

Other Awards

Departmental Special Recognition Award

Number of Awards: 1-2, depending on number of students eligible
What Awardee Receives: Name on plaque, certificate, and $50
Who selects awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Outstanding performance which does not fit into any other category

Frederick H. Currens Memorial Award

Number of Awards: 1-2, depending on number of students eligible
What Awardee Receives: Monetary award, depending on how much money is in the account at the time of the award, name on plaque, and certificate
Who selects awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Forensic Chemistry major, junior standing at time of award in the Fall, and a 3.5 GPA

Richard Hardin Scholarship

Number of Awards: 1-2, depending on number of students eligible
What Awardee Receives: Monetary award, depending on how much money is in the account at the time of the award, name on plaque, and certificate
Who selects the awardees: Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Chemistry major, senior standing, and a 3.5 GPA

Dr. Norbert Goeckner Scholarship in Chemistry

Number of Awards:1-2, depending on number of students eligible
When Awardee is Selected: Spring semester
What the Awardee Receives: Monetary award depending on how much money is in the account name, on plaque, and certificate
Who selects the awardees: Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Forensic or M.S. Chemistry major or graduate student (3.5 GPA). Preference will be given to a Burmese student. If there is none eligible, the award will be open to all chemistry majors.

Dr. Benjamin Hughes Memorial Scholarship

Number of Awards: 1-2, depending on number of students eligible
When Awardee is Selected: Spring semester
What the Awardee Receives: Monetary award depending on how much money is in the account, name on plaque, and certificate
Who selects the awardees: Curriculum Committee
Criteria: Preference is given to Chemistry Education major with GPA ≥ 3.5

Margaret and Jack Stites Pre-Pharmacy/Pharmacy  Scholarship

Number of Awards: One award per year
Application Deadline: March 15
Who selected the awardees: Department Curriculum Committee
When the Awardee Receives: Monetary Award, depending upon amount of money in the account.
Criteria: Students must be enrolled at Western Illinois University and be pursuing the pre-pharmacy option in the Department of Chemistry and must have completed 30 semester hours by the conclusion of the spring semester. Preference will be given to applicants that have actual pharmacy experience. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 is required. Financial need is not a consideration.