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Scholarships in Biology

 Biology Fund Scholarship: Awarded to biology or medical technology student who is currently a junior. Students should apply in the spring to the Biology Department Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee makes a recommendation to the department based upon academic record, contribution to the department and/or university, and participation in extracurricular activities.


Dr. Bruce Dinsmore Ecology Scholarship: Established to honor former  biology professor Dr. Bruce Dinsmore.   A scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate student who is enrolled in a Clarion University field course offered through the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology. Recipient will be selected based on academic excellence, service to the department, university, and community, and evidence of a scholarly commitment to ecology and environmental biology. Applicants are required to submit a current vita/resume, an unofficial transcript, and complete an essay summarizing university and community service, research activities, and career goals. Applicants must be bachelor of science in biology or bachelor of science in environmental biology majors. Application in spring to Biology Scholarship Committee.


Outstanding Biology Scholars Award: These scholarships are awarded annually to freshman biology, secondary-education-biology, molecular biology, environmental biology or medical technology majors. To be considered, students need SAT total scores higher than 1200 (critical reasoning and math components), and class rank in the top 20 percent. The awards are continued if requirements are met each year. Application in spring to Biology Scholarship Committee.


William and Elizabeth Hart Scholarship: Established to honor former chemistry professor Dr. William Hart. One or more scholarships are awarded and can be used to pay for tuition, room, board, and some miscellaneous fees, including books. Applicants must major in mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography/earth science, or biology and have completed 45 credits. They must have a QPA of 3.0 overall and 3.3 in mathematics and science course work. Selection shall be made by competitive examination, testing the student's ability in mathematics and English. Application deadline is late March. Contact the Scholarship Committee chair, Dr. Adam Roberts, Department of Mathematics, for information.


The Ruth Bleakney Montgomery Science/Mathematics Scholarship: This endowed scholarship, in memory of Ruth Bleakney Montgomery, is given annually to science and mathematics majors. Preference is given to students from Armstrong County; students from Clarion and Jefferson counties are also eligible. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible, with preference given to sophomores. Contact Sharon Montgomery, Department of Physics, for further information.


Kim Rutherford Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship in memory of a former faculty member. Awarded each year to freshman or sophomore major in any of the biology degree programs, except medical technology. Recipient is selected upon the following criteria: academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities, service to the Biology Department and Clarion University, financial need, and the student's goals in biology. Application should be made in the spring to the Biology Department. Apply in spring to Biology Scholarship Committee.


Trout Unlimited Conservation Scholarship: This scholarship has been established with the foundation through the sponsorship of the Iron Furnace, the Oil Creek, and the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited. It provides a $1,000 annual award to support the education of a senior student who displays a keen interest in conservation of natural aquatic resources, especially cold-water. The award will be based on a written statement of the student's conservation goals and their academic record. For additional information contact Dr. Andy Turner Department of Biology. Spring application deadline.


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