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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 application due date is March 30, 2015.  Please click here for 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.

Larry N. Gleason award for excellence in undergraduate research

Established in 1998 by colleagues and friends of Dr. Larry N. Gleason. Biology majors who are not following a pre-professional curriculum and who have demonstrated excellence in an undergraduate research experience in Biology and have 18 hours of completed biology coursework with a 3.5+ overall GPA. Students can apply for the award via the scholarship form or be nominated by supervising faculty.

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.

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.


Additional scholarships:


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.

Click here for more information.

Thaddeus Colson & Isabelle Saalwaechter Fitzpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund

Click here for scholarship requirements

Click here for application

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program for the Winter/Spring 2013 semester includes two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships, to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in an accredited college for university for the Winter/Spring 2013 semester. In addition to these qualifications, students must also be legal United States residents, meaning that students possessing appropriate Visa status in order to study in the United States are also eligible.

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



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