Itasca Scholarship Application Instructions

Application deadline has passed for 2016. Please check back in fall for 2017 session.

If you have any questions about applying for Itasca scholarships, please contact Laura Domine, Itasca Program Coordinator, at (612) 624-6743 or

NOTE: The application for Itasca Scholarships is a separate application from other College of Biological Sciences Scholarships. Do note that the deadline for CBS scholarships other than Itasca scholarships is Monday, February 1, 2016. If you plan to only apply for Itasca Scholarships, please proceed with the application and instructions below and submit by 4pm (CST) Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Please read the eligibility criteria and information below for any additional items or personal statement guidelines that may be required for each individual Itasca scholarship before you complete the online application.

Instructions for the Boe, Dvergsten, Itasca Director's, Parmelee, Underhill, Thoma, and Red-Shouldered Hawk Scholarships:

  1. Carefully read the scholarship descriptions found here to determine your eligibility for Itasca Scholarships.
  2. To apply, complete the form found at  Be sure to include a resume of activities (employment, research, extracurriculars, etc), as well as a 1-2 page personal statement.  Both of these can be copy and pasted in to the box on the form, or can be e-mailed to Itasca Program Coordinator Laura Domine at  In your 1-2 page personal statement, indicate the course(s) you will be taking at Itasca and how the coursework relates to your education and/or career goals. Include any experience in biology-related activities such as employment or research that indicates an interest in field biology, participation in organizations, awards, etc. Please also address your financial need. 
  3. Please also notice, two letters of recommendation are required for all scholarships.  Recommendation letters should be submitted directly to the Itasca Program Coordinator by the deadline above via e-mail to  . It should be sent directly from the writer’s email address. (At least one letter is required, preferably two.) 
  4. Please check the button at the end of the online application granting the Scholarship Committee access to your U of M Transcript. Send copies of all unofficial non-University of Minnesota transcripts to Laura Domine at
  5. See note below about an additional requirement for research applicants of the Boe and Underhill Memorial Scholarships. Send any additional materials required for specific scholarships (such as a research description) once you've submitted your application.
Janet S. Boe and James C. Underhill Memorial Scholarships - additional requirement for research applicants only:

In addition to the items listed above, research applicants for these awards must also e-mail a minimum one-page to a maximum of a two-page research proposalat to Itasca Program Coordinator Laura Domine at Students who are applying for the scholarship to fund their coursework in Itasca summer classes are not required to complete this research proposal. Research applications for the off season are considered throughout the entire year. However, the deadline to be considered for summer research or coursework is: 4:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. See the eligibility criteria for more details.

William H. Marshall Field Biology Award

Do not use the online application to apply for this scholarship. The Marshall Award guidelines and application form are available in the Itasca Station office during the summer session. This application and a letter of recommendation from an Itasca instructor are submitted to Dr. David D. Biesboer, Itasca Biology Program Director. The award will be presented at the end of the summer session. 

Itasca Director’s Graduate Research Fellowship

Do not use the online application to apply for this scholarship. Please follow the instructions below. Applications are reviewed as they are received, so early application is encouraged. download flyer (PDF)

  1. Research must be done in or near Itasca State Park. Students must be in residence at the Itasca Biological Station & Laboratories for at least a portion of their research.
  2. Applications must be from full-time graduate students at any campus of the University of Minnesota for research in Limnology, Aquatic Ecology, or Water Quality.
  3. Applicants must submit a minimum one page research proposal with a budget attached. Grants may include funding for research expenses and living expenses.
  4. Research proposals must be signed by the applicant’s advisor.
Proposals, applications and questions may be submitted to:

Dr. David Biesboer
Director, Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories
220 BioSciences Bldg., 1445 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
phone: 612-625-1799

Scholarship Acceptance Agreement

If you are awarded any of the Itasca scholarships listed above:

  • You will be asked for your permission to disclose information in your scholarship application to the donor(s) of the scholarship you are awarded.
  • You are expected to write a thank-you letter to the donor(s) of your scholarship and to attend a CBS Recognition and Appreciation Dinner held in fall 2016.
  • You will be asked for permission to include your name/and or photo in publicity, advertising, or philanthropic efforts.