Where Can I Find Scholarships for Biology Majors?

Get information about several organizations that offer scholarships for biology majors, and read about resources that can help you find additional scholarship opportunities. Check some of the common eligibility requirements and criteria for biology scholarships. Schools offering Biology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

You can find scholarships from scientific, biological and educational organizations that support students majoring in biology. Some scholarships require you to belong to a certain demographic or meet other requirements such as a minimum GPA. Money awarded as a scholarship does not need to be repaid.

SchoolsMost scholarships can be used at any accredited school; some organizations may require you to attend a particular institution or one within a certain region.
Requirements Eligibility requirements depend largely on the organization offering the scholarship.
Scholarship Search Engines Some websites that can be helpful in searching for relevant scholarships include Collegeboard.com, Collegenet.com, Fastweb.com, Scholarships.com and ScholarshipMonkey.com.

Where Can I Find a Scholarship for a Biology Major?

Unlike money disbursed through student loans, money awarded through a scholarship does not have to be paid back. A few examples of organizations and scholarships they offer include:

  • The National Science Foundation provides scholarship funding through colleges and universities for undergraduate students based on financial need (www.nsf.gov).
  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers grant and scholarship money through schools across the country for graduate and undergraduate biology majors (www.hhmi.org).
  • The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology awards the Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship to graduate students or exceptional undergraduates studying marine biology (www.sicb.org).
  • The Association for Women in Science supports second- and third-year undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with an average of 25 scholarships per year (www.awis.org).
  • Iowa State University offers multiple scholarships through its Biology Department for biology majors who maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher (www.ibiology.iastate.edu/scholarships).
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Lab pays tuition, allowance, travel and housing for a 10-week, on-site undergraduate study in botanical biology (www.rmbl.org).

What Resources Can I Use to Find a Scholarship?

You can search CollegeScholarships.org, an online database of scholarships, for a variety of majors, including biology. Many of the application processes for the scholarships include completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or similar application, showing proof of your eligibility and providing professional recommendations. Scholarships available on the site range from a few hundred dollars to fully-funded research fellowships.

Do I Have to Attend a Specific School?

The school at which you enroll depends largely on the specific criteria set forth by the organization funding the scholarship. In a few instances, local organizations require you to attend a specific college or, at a minimum, one within a given region. Typically national organizations allow you to attend any college within the United States, including private universities. A few have no restrictions, and you may select any institution in any country.

Each organization maintains its own eligibility criteria, which can usually be found on its website. Organizations that offer multiple scholarships may have individual qualifications for each, so you should verify that you meet the restrictions for every scholarship you apply for. When researching scholarship information, it is always recommended that you get your information directly from the source, rather than from a third-party resource.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for a Scholarship?

Scholarships designed for biology majors may have very few or many eligibility factors. Some organizations, such as the Association for Women in Science and the United Negro College Fund, specify a particular demographic for scholarship funding. When researching scholarship information on an organization's website, check the criteria to ensure you are eligible. Common requirements include U.S. citizenship, a GPA above 2.5 and full-time enrollment in an eligible discipline or program.

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