Biology Scholarships

Biology is a popular major among college students — and not just those with visions of crisp white lab coats dancing in their heads. Whether or not you plan to acquire an M.D., you have plenty of options as a biology student: Your employment options include working in aquariums, schools, hospitals, parks, zoos, laboratories and more.

But before you make your career move, you have to finish school. School will cost you money, and money doesn’t grow on trees — even biologists can’t make that happen. If you’re willing to put forth the effort, you can find a number of biology scholarships that can help you pay for a college education.

Numerous scholarship providers have gone out of their way to create scholarship funds for students who have set their sights on studying biology. Some have done this because of their love of the subject, some in memory of important biologists and some, well, who knows why some have done it. The important thing is that these biology scholarships are out there, just waiting to be awarded.

If you plan to make biology into a career, or at least a major, take the time to search for biology scholarships. Scholarships.com has information about numerous biology scholarships especially created for majors. In addition to these, you may also want to look at medical scholarships which, as a biology student, you may be eligible to receive. To find information about biology scholarships and grants you may qualify for based on major or additional criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

AAUW Return to Learning Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Lombard Area Branch of AAUW "Return to Learning" scholarship to assist in completing an undergraduate or master's degree, or a certification program. Students must reside in Lombard, Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Addison, Glendale Heights or Glen Ellyn, Illinois in order to apply and are continuing college after a significant interruption. Special consideration is given to women who [...] More

ACF Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/4/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • This fund was established in 1993 by Albuquerque businessman C.E. (Woody) Woodcock and his wife, Dixie, to support students of exceptional promise in the fields of science and math. Scholarships will be awarded to Albuquerque metro area high school graduating seniors (includes Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance Counties). Scholarships are payable over four years. Applicants must possess [...] More

AFE Scholarships in Floriculture and Horticulture

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Awarding scholarships for floriculture and horticulture students is a primary function of AFE. We understand the financial burden students face and are doing our part to help! AFE has more than 20 scholarships awarded annually. Online applications and supporting documents are due by May 1 each year. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Individual Awards

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,800
  • The ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Awards introduce undergraduate students to pharmacology research. Our goal is to use authentic, mentored research experiences in pharmacology to heighten student interest in careers in research and related health care disciplines. Undergraduate students conducting pharmacology-related research including, but not limited to, students [...] More

Beulah Frey Environmental Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/3/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • ASWP awards $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from our service area of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. Students who are applying to two or four-year colleges to further their studies in an environmentally-related field are eligible to apply. Applications are available beginning in January from the website or through your [...] More

Blandy Experimental Farm Undergraduate Research Education Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $6,325
  • Blandy Experimental Farm, a University of Virginia ecology field station, is located in Virginia’s beautiful Northern Shenandoah Valley. Three research faculty from the Department of Environmental Sciences, visiting scientists and graduate students conduct research on habitat and community biodiversity, reproductive ecology and plant/insect relationships. The 175-acre State Arboretum of Virginia [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elms College Elm STEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time. In order to apply, you must be a prospective full-time, first-year student at Elms College; be a prospective major in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics, except for clinical [...] More

Emily M. Hewitt & Stephen Stocking Memorial Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Emily M. Hewitt & Stephen Stocking Memorial Scholarships are for a promising upper division or graduate student who shows a commitment to communicate and interpret a love of nature and an understanding of the need to practice conservation. Any student or graduate student enrolled full-time in an accredited California post-secondary educational institution whose educational career goals [...] More

Environmental Studies/Natural Science Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Each year, the Friends of Volo Bog offers a scholarship for Environmental Studies/Natural Science college students. Applicant must be a high school senior applying to an accredited college/university to study environmental or natural science or a college/university student intending to continue studies of environmental or natural science at an accredited college. Submit at least one signed letter [...] More

EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • EPOC recognizes its duty to assist in the education of individuals planning a career in the environmental industry. Consequently, the EPOC Environmental scholarship fund was established in 1998. The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to assist Connecticut residents, or an immediate family member (spouse or child) of an EPOC Member in good standing, who are attending an accredited college or [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] More

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/8/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships were established to encourage minority students to pursue college degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The scholarship program was created in 2010 by Dr. Bernard Harris, a former astronaut, physician, and businessman, and ExxonMobil to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 [...] More

Furman University Furman Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Furman Scholars program seeks to honor high school juniors who exhibit strong academic potential, demonstrate leadership potential, and show significant involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. High school guidance counselors nominate current juniors to participate in the program. Students selected as Furman Scholars are eligible to receive at least $7,500 in [...] More

Gill-Elliott Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Thanks to our generous donors, Blue Grass Community Foundation is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships to area students seeking educational opportunities beyond high school.

    The Gill-Elliott Scholarship was established to honor William J. Elliott, a chemistry and physics teacher at Highlands High School (Fort Thomas, KY) for 32 years. This scholarship provides an annual award of $2,000 [...] More

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Graduate students meeting the eligibility requirements noted below may apply directly to The Wilderness Society. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in North America, have strong academic qualifications and/or career goals focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States. Graduate students in natural [...] More

Jesse L. Jackson-Fellows Toyota Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Jesse Jackson Fellows-Toyota Scholarship is a renewable scholarship that awards up to $25,000 dollars annually to deserving African-American college sophomores. Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, be a business or STEM (Science, technology, engineering and/or math) major that can be applied to the automotive industry, [...] More

Josef Princ Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • CCSD male seniors who are of European descent may apply for the Josef Princ Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need and planning to attend an accredited post-secondary college or university majoring in engineering, mathematics or science. Up to four scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded. Must write a 400-500 essay on [...] More

Leo Bourassa Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The mission of the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association is to promote and educate the public on good lake and watershed management, encourage sustainable stormwater management practices and protect the welfare of lakes and other water resources within the Commonwealth. To help further our mission, we would like to award scholarships to support and acknowledge deserving students who are [...] More

Lillian Kitchen and Zella Kitchen Challis Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Lillian Kitchen and Zella Kitchen Challis Scholarship was established by Linda and Jack Gill, to honor Linda Gill’s mother and grandmother. This non-renewable merit-based scholarship provides one annual award of $2,000 to a graduating senior from Harrison County High School in Cynthiana, Kentucky who demonstrates excellent academic achievement and who plans to pursue a degree in science, [...] More

National Candy Technologists Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/2/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The National Candy Technologists Scholarship is $5,000, paid in two $2,500 installments. To qualify, the student must be either a college sophomore, junior or senior for the upcoming academic year, have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology, and be majoring in food science, chemical science, biological science or related area. A minimum 3.0 GPA is also required. For more information [...] More

National GEM Consortium Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 11/13/2019
  • Amount: $16,000
  • GEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top engineering and science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter the industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high-level technical careers. GEM [...] More

Natural Resources-Excellence in Education

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Texas Wildlife Association Foundation (TWAF) and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (SALE) have joined forces to offer five Natural Resource-Excellence in Education Scholarships in the fall. The scholarships will be awarded to five freshmen at Texas universities who are majoring in natural resource related field such as agricultural science, wildlife science, forestry, range science, [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. Music, sculpture, [...] More

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2020
  • Amount: $80,000
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive, prestigious scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH [...] More

NSHSS STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The NSHSS Foundation provides STEM to high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a demonstrated desire to major in any area of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are eligible. Requirements include a personal statement, a list of STEM activities, photo, transcript, and educator recommendation. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Pacific Gas & Electric Company Black ERG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/5/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Black Employee Resource Group is an organization dedicated to cultivating, sustaining and maintaining an energized network of professionals in support of African American culture throughout the company by providing a supportive environment for optimal career and professional development, mentoring, and community outreach. In order to apply, you must be a college-bound high school senior with [...] More

PSGC Graduate Research Fellowship Program at Penn State

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • As one of 52 members of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, our mission is to expand opportunities for Pennsylvanians to learn about and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach programs.

    The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium will award [...] More

PSGC Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium invites students to apply for the PSGC Undergraduate Scholarship for the upcoming academic year. The PSGC Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to full-time students attending an accredited Pennsylvania college or university with outstanding academic records who will be juniors or seniors in the fall. Students must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in science, [...] More

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2019
  • Amount: $60,000
  • Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will graduate or have graduated from high school in select Middle Tennessee counties.

    Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must be planning to pursue a business degree at a four-year, not-for-profit college. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and must be pursuing a [...] More

SMA Native American STEM Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • This scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books or on-campus housing/meals. Automatic approval for up to a maximum of four academic years is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. In order to be eligible for consideration under this award program, the scholarship applicant must be an enrolled member of a Pueblo or Tribe, a high school graduate by June who has been accepted by an [...] More

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/19/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA for high school students. A minimum of 2.5 [...] More

The Maureen D. Keller Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Each year, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences awards The Maureen D. Keller Undergraduate Scholarship to a promising Maine student who intends to pursue a bachelor's degree in the biological or earth sciences. Students eligible to receive the Keller Scholarship must be a legal resident of the state of Maine, a high school senior or college freshman at the time of application; be enrolled in a [...] More

The Robert Noyce Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/12/2020
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The Robert Noyce Scholarship program, authorized under the National Science Foundation Authorization Act, seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors to become elementary, middle, and high school teachers by offering tuition scholarships of $15,000 per year for up to two years. The scholarship will be awarded annually to qualified Trinity seniors [...] More

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/2/2020
  • Amount: $3,500
  • This merit scholarship is offered annually in the name of the TGF founders, to a single recipient who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding dedication in a field of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department. It was the hope of the founders, as it is the hope of the current membership of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, that the recipient will use this scholarship [...] More

Truman D. Picard Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Truman D. Picard Scholarship is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing higher education in natural resources. Applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, three letters of recommendation and evidence of validated enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Corporation, as established by the U.S. government (i.e. a photocopy of an enrollment [...] More

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The program awards scholarships to students attending one of 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities, pursuing a bachelor degree in agriculture, natural resources, food science, nutrition, or related academic [...] More

Utah Space Grant Consortium Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium has formulated its vision, mission, goals, and objectives to be consistent with those of NASA and its Office Education. Member schools offer scholarships and fellowships for STEM degree students who align with the goals of the consortium. The Goals of the Consortium are: to demonstrably contribute to the development of the STEM Workforce with programs, [...] More

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $32,000
  • The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program recruits and trains the nation's best and brightest recent graduates and career changers with STEM backgrounds to teach in high-needs middle and high school science and math classrooms.

    The Teaching Fellowship includes admission to a master's degree program at a well-established partner university teacher certification in science, mathematics or [...] More

ZONTA Milwaukee Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs [...] More

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Gucci is releasing a new line of... diversity undergraduate scholarships for students who are "traditionally underrepresented in the fashion industry." The 1.5 million U.S. university college scholarship program is set to run for four years, targeting students who attend four-year universities. Special consideration will be given to those residing in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, D.C and/or for those who plan to attend or are currently attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). [...]

Texas A&M Working to Re-enroll College Stopouts

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by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Not every student who goes to college completes their degree, much less finishes it within the "normal" four-year time frame. The Texas of A&M University has spent years working to re-enroll students who stopped out of college for a year or more, and may have found a solution in partnering with ReUp Education. [...]

PBS Airs Documentary About Higher Ed in Prison

September 18, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Photo credit: Jared Ames

A new PBS documentary exhibiting prison education, titled "College Behind Bars" is set to air on November 25 and 26. The four-part series documents the journeys of dozens of incarcerated men and women as they pursue college degrees in the Bard Prison Initiative - deemed one of the most rigorous prison education programs in the United States, according to Inside Higher Ed. [...]

Last Reviewed: October 2019

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