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Biology Scholarships

Upcoming scholarships:

The following scholarships will be awarded only to full-time undergraduate students at WKU on an annual basis.  The on-line applications will be available from February 1 - April 10th, 2017. 

On-line Application


Ernest O. Beal Biology Scholarship

Established in 1980 by family, colleagues and other friends of the late Dr. Ernest O. Beal (Head, Department of Biology, WKU, 1968 - 1978) for students engaged in summer field work/study in the area of biology. Usually one (1) per year. Amount varies, usually a few hundred dollars.

Department of Biology Scholarships

Established in 1972 by departmental faculty for students whom they deem deserving. Usually five (5) per year at $500 per year.

Florence and Basil C. Cole Scholarship in Biology

Awarded from the Florence and Basil C. Cole Student Aid Fund established in 1978 to support students who give evidence of high academic achievement as reflected in their high school record and progress at the college level; who possess personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness and human compassion which produce leaders; and who are majoring in Biology, preferably in the pre-medical program, and financially needy.  The number available is (8) at $1,000 each.

Larry Elliott Scholarship

Students must be attending WKU and be pursuing the 4 year Medical Technology Degree and be accepted into an approved medical technology internship. The amount is usually $500 per year.

Lewis B. Lockwood Scholarship

Awarded annually from a fund established in 1983 to honor Dr. Lewis B. Lockwood (Adjunct Professor of Biology, WKU, 1971 - 1980) to deserving students who are studying biology at WKU, give evidence of high academic achievement and possess personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability and industriousness. Approximately $800 per year.

Yungbluth Travel Abroad Scholarship

The Yungbluth Travel Abroad Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Thomas Alan Yungbluth.  The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student majoring in biology at Western Kentucky University and must be a junior or senior level student studying abroad.  The recipient must possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness, and human compassion which produce leaders and merit the honor of this award.  Amount is $1,000.

The Office of Scholar Development has several scholarships as well.  (, phone:  270-745-5043, email:

The Office of Scholar Development will assist with obtaining nationally competitive scholarships. Between 2008 and 2012, OSD helped WKU students to win over $1,700,500 in external scholarship funding.


Additional scholarships:


The National Pan-Hellenic Council Scholarship- Deadline December 1st, 2017

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Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers Red Barrington Scholarship Announcement 2017

Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers, Inc. (NKFF) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion, education and conservation as it relates to Fly Fishing.  Red Barrington, one of the founding members of Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers in 1987, taught fly-fishing, fly-casting  and fly-tying classes … especially for our youth programs. Red collaborated with other  club members and persuaded them  to participate in the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Education program. Several club members were certified  and maintained their  certifications for many years.

When Red Barrington lost his battle with skin cancer in 1999, the club wanting to continue Red’s legacy of involving people in biologic and aquatic education, instituted a memorial scholarship fund.

This year we are proud to announce that Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student attending a college or university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applications are due April 21, 2017. A decision will be announced May 19, 2017

Applicant must:

1. Be a declared major in Environmental Science or Biological Sciences at a University or College in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

2. Have at least sophomore standing (30 semester hours or more, successfully completed) as of January 1st, 2017. Graduate students are welcome to apply.

3. Have a 3.0 (of a possible 4.0) G.P.A. or better

4. Be engaged in or have completed, a research project (undergraduate or graduate) judged by the supervising faculty member as evidence of the student's outstanding potential for research in an area having major environmental impact. Water quality and aquatic biology are examples of such areas of research.

Submission materials required:

1. The student’s advisor or supervisor will write a letter of recommendation documenting the applicant(s) ability to complete the research project(s) in which they are engaged in a quality manner. The letter of recommendation, will verify that the student’s grade point average meets the minimum requirements for application and meets all other criteria listed above.

2. The applicant will provide a brief written description of their research activities in an area having major environmental impact. Again, water quality and aquatic biology is a prime example of such an area of research.

All application materials must be submitted to the Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Flyfishers by the deadline April 21st, 2017. Multiple applicants may apply from each school. Previous applicants are welcome to apply if they have participated in new research projects.

The NKFF Board of Directors will consider all applicants submissions before making this award and will announce the scholarship recipient on May 19th, 2017.

Please send applications to:

Red Barrington Scholarship
c/o John Branam, VP Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers
2841 Welge Ln. Cincinnati, OH 45248

Or Email

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

The Biotechnology S-STEM Program at WKU provides scholarships of up to $10,000 as well as academic and career assistance to selected participants. Incoming freshmen and transfer students with majors in agriculture, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics and an interest in biotechnology, broadly defined, are eligible to apply. Selection of students will be based on a combination of academic talent, financial need, and statements of career goals.

In addition to scholarships, students selected to participate in the S-STEM program will benefit from:

  • Opportunities to conduct research,
  • Support in finding and securing internships,
  • Career and academic mentoring, and
  • Participation in a community of S-STEM students with similar interests and goals.

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The Kentucky Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians

The Kentucky Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians is offering a $2000 scholarship for students enrolled in an approved Kentucky institution of higher education and structuring their academic program in the direction of a career in environmental health, public health and related majors. Related fields of study might include dairy science, soils science, food science, food packaging, epidemiology, etc.

For an application, click here or visit for a fill-and-print version of the application.

For a copy of the scholarship by-laws, click here.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

For top applicants, this prestigious fellowship offers a $30,000 stipend toward completion of a master's degree program at a Woodrow Wilson partner institution in Indiana, New Jersey, or Ohio. Fellows undergo a year-long clinical experience in a high-need school, along with rigorous subject matter courses, then commit to teach for three years in urban or rural secondary schools, with mentoring throughout the entire process.

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Thaddeus Colson & Isabelle Saalwaechter Fitzpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Click here for application

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Students may apply for the scholarship through the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Website.  We strongly encourage all students that meet the scholarship award criteria to apply for this great scholarship! All questions regarding the scholarship may be directed to Ariel Rangel at


Red Barrington Scholarship offered by Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers

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Axol Life Science Scholarship

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The Garden Club of America

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Science and Engineering Scholarships and Grants for Students Pursuing STEM Fields

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