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Scholarships for Continuing CBS students

Scholarships are listed by major. Be sure to read the eligibility criteria and typical recipient profile for CBS scholarships before applying for an award. Individual scholarships may have additional eligibility requirements, please read each description carefully to determine whether or not you qualify for the award. After you've read through the scholarship descriptions, please visit the application instructions page.

  • College-Wide Awards

    Douglas C. Pratt Undergraduate Scholarship

    The Pratt Scholarship will award a student with demonstrated leadership experience. This fund, established by Drs. Mary Kemen and Brian Randall, is named in recognition of Professor Douglass C. Pratt, who served as a mentor to Mary Kemen while she worked in his lab as an undergraduate.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must have an overall grade point average of 3.3 or better and be a sophomore, junior or senior. Special consideration will be given to students who demonstrate leadership experience.


    Franklin D. Enfield Memorial Scholarship

    The Enfield Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a CBS student who has worked in a biology-related field outside the University of Minnesota. Franklin D. Enfield was professor of Genetics and Cell Biology for more than thirty years. He had an excellent reputation as an effective and dedicated teacher, both in the classroom and in the research lab. He also recognized the need to integrate more effectively the contributions of the University into the larger community. This scholarship reflects his interests and values.

    Eligibility Criteria: The application must provide evidence of work experience in a biology-related field outside the U of M and include a letter of recommendation from the employer.


    Harold Paul and Mary Sisson Dey Morris Scholarship

    Emory Morris established this scholarship to support undergraduates interested in nutrition science and to honor his parents. His father, Harold Paul Morris (Ph.D. Biochemistry, '30), had a distinguished career with the USDA, FDA and National Cancer Institute. His mother, Mary Sisson Dey Morris, earned an M.S. degree in nutrition and had a career as a teacher. Now retired, Emory Morris was a chemistry professor for the State University of New York at Brockport for 42 years.

    Eligibility Criteria: Preference will be given to students who have an interest in studying biochemistry or molecular biology, or in nutritional science.


    Jane A. Phillips Scholarship

    The purpose of the fund is to support a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences (based on merit and need).


    Leon A. Snyder Memorial Scholarship Award

    The Snyder Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled as a senior during the current academic year. In honor of the memory of Leon A. Snyder, Professor of Genetics and Cell Biology in the College of Biological Sciences, this award recognizes students who pursue broad educational interests, and who have excelled in foreign language, literature, philosophy, history, art, and social science courses.
         
    Eligibility Criteria:
    Student must have completed at least 90 credits by the end of the current spring semester. Preference will be given to students with a broad educational background which includes courses in literature, philosophy, history, the arts, social sciences and foreign languages. Applicants for this award must submit two letters of recommendation. The statement of purpose should address the question: What were the important influences leading you to choose biological sciences as a major area of study?


    Mitchell Hoenig Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was created in memory of Mitchell Hoenig. Mitchell was an honors student who passed away while pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor to save people's lives. The fund is intended to provide support for full-time undergraduate students in the College of Biological Sciences, especially those who represent the qualities of Mitchell.
       
    Eligibility Criteria: Recipient will contain any one or several of the following criteria listed in order of priority: (a) a student who has taken previous classes in the college; (b) a student maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.75 or higher; (c) a student who is an out-of-state resident; (d) a student who is involved with student organizations on campus; (e) student who is aspiring to continue on to medical school; (f) student who is from the state of Texas. This award may be renewable to the recipient, provided the recipient demonstrates satisfactory progress toward a degree and continues to meet the criteria of the award.


    Monica Tsang and James Weatherbee Merit Scholarship in Biology

    The Tsang/Weatherbee Merit Scholarship is for a full-time CBS student pursuing a biology degree who has (1) demonstrated academic achievement in the math and science disciplines, (2) demonstrated rigor in course selection, (3) an articulated career path and (4) a GPA of 3.5 or better.


    New Opportunities in STEM Scholarship

    This purpose of this fund is to support students studying toward a degree in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) area. Preference will be given to students who are first or second generation immigrants, with further preference for students who are first or second generation asylees or refugees; and preference will be given to students living in Minnesota.


    Norman Kerr Memorial Scholarship

    The Kerr Scholarship is for a CBS student who intends to pursue a career in teaching, at any academic level. The scholarship honors the memory of Norman Kerr, Stanley Dagley Teaching Award winner, Professor of Zoology (1959-1965) and Genetics and Cell Biology (1965-1995) and Associate Dean of CBS (1967-1980). This scholarship reflects Norman Kerr’s professional passion and dedication to education and to undergraduate students. 
         
    Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) have completed at least 60 credits by the end of the current Spring Semester, (2) have an overall grade point average of 3.25 or better, and (3) be a U.S. citizen. The personal statement must provide evidence of a desire to become a teacher, including a discussion of motivation and plans.


    Richard S. Caldecott Award

    The Richard Caldecott Award is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Richard Caldecott was the founding dean of the College of Biological Sciences and the award was established in order to honor Dr. Caldecott upon his retirement from the University of Minnesota.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) plan to graduate by August, 2020, (2) have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better, and (3) include a letter of recommendation preferably from a CBS department head, but if not possible, from a CBS faculty member. Particular attention will be paid to evidence of involvement in U of M student government or equivalent extracurricular or community activity, and participation in organized athletics or a demonstrated interest in personal athletic development.


    Sarah Tilman Scholarship

    To provide scholarship support to a College of Biological Sciences student majoring in Biology or Ecology during their junior or senior year. Preference given to an academically highly ranked student who is interested in teaching science in K-12 schools.


    Spandl Family Scholarship

    The Spandl Family Scholarship was established by Drs. Eric and Andrea Spandl to support talented students pursuing undergraduate degrees in biology. Eric and Andrea believe in the power of a University of Minnesota education and are both University of Minnesota graduates. Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Biological Sciences and went on to receive her medical doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota and after receiving his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, he served in a post-doctorate position at the University of Minnesota.


    Stanley Dagley Memorial Scholarship

    The Stanley Dagley Scholarship is for a student engaged in a research during the current academic year. The fund was established to honor the memory of Stanley Dagley, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry. His research helped establish the study of microbial degradation as a rigorous biochemical discipline, and his reviews extracted and eloquently expressed the unifying first principles of the field. Those who worked under him feel they benefited greatly from his unselfish, understanding guidance of their development as experimentalists.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must have completed at least 60 credits by the end of the current spring semester. The personal statement must include a description of research experience and interests as well as career goals. Preference may be given to a student engaged in research at the biochemical level.


    Zoology Department Memorial Scholarship

    The Zoology Department scholarship is open to any full-time CBS undergraduate student. Preference will be given to students who contribute to student body diversity. A plus-factor will be given to Native American Indian or African American students if they are underrepresented in the University/CBS or in the applicable major or program at the time of the award.

  • Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics Scholarships

    Danielson Blake Family Scholarship

    The Danielson Family created this scholarship in 2011 to honor their family’s passion for undergraduate students.

    Eligibility Criteria: The Danielson Blake Family Scholarship provides a one year, need-based scholarship for a student studying Biochemistry. One letter of recommendation from a BMBB faculty member is required.


    Henrietta Novy Miller Scholarship

    The Miller Scholarship is for a student majoring in Biochemistry who has demonstrated academic excellence and professional development, usually through research. The friends and colleagues of Henrietta Miller established this scholarship in appreciation of her years of service as Assistant Administrator for the Biochemistry Department.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Biochemistry major and (2) have completed at least 60 credits by the end of the current spring semester.


    Juliamarie Andreen Grilly Undergraduate Research Scholarship in Molecular Biology

    The Grilly Scholarship provides a scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student within the College of Biological Sciences who is carrying out research in the field of molecular biology. The scholarship may be used to support the academic year or summer research experience of the recipient. Grilly graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1946 and spent her entire professional career as a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratories.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must be a full-time student enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences and engaged in research in the area of molecular biology. Please provide a one-page description of your research project and a letter of recommendation from your research mentor.


    L. M. Henderson Endowed Biochemistry Scholarship

    The L. M. Henderson Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in Biochemistry who has demonstrated exceptional research and academic achievements. The friends and colleagues of LaVell M. Henderson established this scholarship in appreciation of his years of service as Head of the Biochemistry Department and Associate Dean of the College of Biological Sciences.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Biochemistry major, (2) describe their participation in a research project and (3) have completed at least 60 credits by the end of the current spring semester, (4) provide two letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member in the BMBB Department.


    Richard C. Nelson Scholarship in Biochemistry

    The Richard C. Nelson Scholarship in Biochemistry will be used to provide scholarships for students whose major is Biochemistry and they have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and two letters of recommendation from Biochemistry faculty members. Scholarship recipients are eligible for renewal of the award without reapplication if a minimum GPA of 3.0 is maintained. Should funds be available, multiple awards may be given in any year.


    Harold Paul Morris Scholarship

    The Morris Scholarship is awarded to a student who is majoring in either Biochemistry or GCD, and who demonstrates outstanding academic accomplishments. This scholarship was established in memory of Harold Paul Morris, a University of Minnesota graduate (B.S. 1925, Ph.D. 1930) and Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award winner (1970), following a distinguished research career in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Cancer Institute, as well as in academia.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Biochemistry or GCD major (2) have an overall grade point average of 3.3 or better, and (3) include a brief description of any financial need or hardship.

  • Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Scholarships

    Frank & Adrienne Barnwell Scholarship for Marine/Tropical Field Station Courses

    Drs. Franklin H. and Adrienne K. Barnwell created this fund in 2016. The fund is intended to provide support for students who want to take a course at an established marine or tropical field station, and to benefit undergraduate students who are interested in careers in marine or tropical biology.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must be participating in a marine or tropical course at an established research field station. Recipients of this award will be encouraged, but not required, to write a summary of their experience, which will be available to help aid future recipients in their selection of marine or tropical field station courses.

  • Genetics, Cell Biology & Development Scholarships

    Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development Undergraduate Scholarship

    Designated for students majoring in genetics, cell biology and development, this scholarship is funded by alumnus Carl Barnes, who earned a B.S. degree from CBS in 1992 and went on to graduate from the U of M Medical School. Barnes practices internal medicine in Colorado.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must be a GCD major. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, with some consideration given to extracurricular involvement.


    Harold Paul Morris Scholarship

    The Morris Scholarship is awarded to a student who is majoring in either Biochemistry or GCD, and who demonstrates outstanding academic accomplishments. This scholarship was established in memory of Harold Paul Morris, a University of Minnesota graduate (B.S. 1925, Ph.D. 1930) and Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award winner (1970), following a distinguished research career in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Cancer Institute, as well as in academia.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Biochemistry or GCD major (2) have an overall grade point average of 3.3 or better, and (3) include a brief description of any financial need or hardship.


    Ross and Esther Johnson Scholarship

    Ross Johnson retired from CBS after a 43-year career as a professor and former head of the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development. This scholarship provides support to full time undergraduate students in CBS that demonstrate an interest in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

  • Microbiology Scholarships

    Palmer Rogers Scholarship

    The Rogers Scholarship is awarded to CBS students majoring in Microbiology. The scholarship honors the dedication of the late Dr. Palmer Rogers to students in the Microbiology program.

    Eligibility Criteria: The student must (1) be a Microbiology major, (2) provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member whose expertise is in microbiology, (3) have completed, are in the process of completing, or have been accepted into a laboratory to complete a semester of research in microbiology, and (4) provide a description of their research or proposed project.


    Patrick Cleary Scholarship

    Patrick Cleary has been a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology since 1972. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in New York and served a fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the molecular basis of streptococci A disease. Cleary created this scholarship to support microbiology students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in coursework and research.

    Eligibility Criteria: Students must have completed general microbiology and either one quarter of research in a microbiology lab or accepted for an upcoming semester.

  • Plant and Microbial Biology Scholarships

    Ernst C. and Lucy B. Abbe Award

    The Abbe Award is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a high level of academic and research accomplishment in their major and the plant biological sciences. Ernst Abbe made a lasting impact on teaching, scientific research and administration at the U of M during his tenure from 1935-1974. Lucy Abbe served as a Research Associate from 1944-1947 and on the faculty at Macalester College from 1959-1965.

    Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Plant and Microbial Biology or other CBS major, (2) exemplify scholarship in the plant sciences as shown by achievements in plant-related coursework or research. Preference is given to students who plan to attend graduate school in the plant sciences and who will graduate in 2019-20.

For questions, contact Anna Cullen at scholapp@umn.edu or 612-624-2244.