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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. To be considered for Biology Department Scholarships, you must have a TopDollar application on file by TopDollar's deadline, which is generally early in the spring term.The TopDollar Scholarship Application Software aligns you with all appropriate scholarships available to you campus-wide.


Scholarship notifications of award are typically sent out in July.   


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.  (http://www.wku.edu/osd/scholarships/index.php), phone:  270-745-5043, email:  osd@wku.edu

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:

 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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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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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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Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates

The Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates offers financial support to students who demonstrate an interest in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and enhance the diversity of science. Students whose social, educational or economic background adds to the diversity of the biomedical workforce or who show commitment to enhancing academic success of underrepresented students are eligible.  

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 Last Modified 1/9/19