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. 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

ACIL Academic Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 03, Annually
The ACIL Scholarship Alliance, a division of the Independent Laboratories Institute, helps to ensure future generations of skilled employees for the laboratory testing community. Finding and keeping qualified technical personnel is a constant challenge for our industry. To encourage future generations of skilled employees, the ACIL Scholarship Alliance annually offers academic scholarships up to [...] More

AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards have been established by the AIAA Evolution of Flight Campaign and the AIAA Foundation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight. The Awards recognize the Wright brother’s aeronautical achievements and contributions to the evolution of flight.

The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards provide [...] More

AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The AIAA Foundation undergraduate scholarship program awards 30 scholarships of $2,000 to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year. All participants can apply to renew $2,000 scholarships annually until graduation.

The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The Institute [...] More

Bache Renshaw Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 14, Annually
The ISI Bache Renshaw Fellowship awards each recipient $12,000 toward doctoral study in education that will influence the discipline with the ideas, values, and institutions that are fundamental to America’s Western tradition.

Successful candidates will intend to pursue doctoral study so that they may teach future teachers, shape and influence curricula, and contribute to the larger dialogue [...] More

Blandy Experimental Farm Undergraduate Research Education Program
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
At Brown and Caldwell, we value diversity in the workplace, supporting organizations like the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. We've also set up the Minority Scholarship Program to help minority groups succeed in the environmental engineering industry.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicant must:
- Be [...] More

Catching The Dream MESBEC Program
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Formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund, Catching the Dream (CTD) was chartered in 1986 to help provide Indian tribes, Indian communities and tribal organizations with professionally trained and educated Native Americans.

The MESBEC program is the oldest of CTD's programs providing scholarships for high-potential Native American students in Math, Engineering, Science, Business, [...] More

Central Florida Orchid Society Scholarship
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The Central Florida Orchid Society is offering a $3000 Scholarship to upper level full time students pursuing degrees in Horticulture and the Agricultural and Life Sciences. The recipient of the scholarship may enroll in the following major courses of study or a closely related field:
» Horticultural Sciences
» Horticultural Production
» Plant molecular and [...] More

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
CBYX for Young Professionals is a yearlong fellowship, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State. The program annually gives 75 American young professionals the opportunity to study, work, and live with a host in Germany. The CBYX program consists of three phases: two months of German language school; four months of classes in your career field at a [...] More

Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 25, Annually
This scholarship was established in 2005 in the name of Cynthia E. Morgan, who passed away in October 2004 after a courageous, but all-too-brief, fight with stomach cancer. It has been established in an attempt to aid select college students in paying for their post-secondary education. This year’s scholarship is set at $1,000.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicant must:
- Be a [...] More

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
Application Deadlines: November 12, Annually
NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although [...] More

Elmhurst Garden Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Elmhurst Garden Club Scholarship is for Illinois residents who are college juniors, seniors or graduate students majoring in horticulture, environmental studies, biology, botany and/or other related sciences. Our goal is to encourage the advancement and stimulate an interest in horticulture through education; to provide an outlet for creative expression; to further horticultural education, [...] More

EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund
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The Environmental Professionals' Organization of Connecticut (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 to assist Connecticut residents who are attending a college or university (CT colleges or out of state colleges) and have declared majors [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 30, Annually
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

Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: April 11, Annually
The Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program is for both part-time and full-time students. Student must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in order to apply. Applicants must be majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, forestry, agronomy, conservation, plant pathology, environmental concerns and/or other related subjects.

The applicant must be a resident of either [...] More

Franklin D. Boyce Annual Health Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The Franklin D. Boyce Scholarship Program was established in August 1996 in recognition of the long years of service provided by Mr. Boyce as CEO of John Randolph Medical Center, and as the first CEO of John Randolph Foundation. Funding for the Boyce Scholarship Program is provided through private donations and through the John Randolph Foundation Endowment. To promote a broad range of [...] More

Friends of Volo Bog Environmental Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Friends of Volo Bog is offering an Entering College scholarship and a Continuing College scholarship for $1,000 each to outstanding students interested in pursuing an environmental career.

To be eligible for the Entering College scholarship the applicant must reside in Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, or Will County, attend a high school in one of these counties, have a minimum [...] More

Fuller, Stone and Moloney Research Fellowships
Application Deadlines: January 21, Annually
The Alvan T. & Viola D. Fuller Fellowships offer undergraduate students from New England an opportunity to participate in laboratory research with accomplished investigators. The Betty Lea Stone Fellowships provide first-year medical students an opportunity to do basic cancer research. The William C. Moloney, MD Research Fellowship provides first-year medical students enrolled at Boston, Harvard [...] More

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship awards $10,000 to a graduate students for the coming academic year to support research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness. Proposals relating to climate change are strongly encouraged. Additional funding will be provided to pay travel expenses for the recipient to work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on this [...] More

Health Careers Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: May 09, Annually
Winners of the Health Careers Scholarship Program demonstrate a strong motivation to pursue a health care career, academic excellence, a dedication to community service and a need for financial support of their education. The program is open to higher education students entering their junior and senior years of full-time undergraduate study in the coming fall. This program is not open to [...] More

Legacy Environmental Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 03, Annually
Legacy, Inc., Partners in Environmental Education, is a not-for-profit organization working to create environmentally responsible citizens through balanced, fact-based education that considers diverse environmental views. The organization operates through a grassroots partnership network to develop and disseminate balanced environmental information.

Legacy's Scholarship Program provides [...] More

Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary's Scholarship and Education (LeCoMASE) Fund Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
A qualified medical student will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

Eligibility for scholarship applicants:
- Applicant must be a United States citizen
- Applicant must be a resident of Lehigh County in the state of Pennsylvania
- Applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident from Lehigh County for at least 12 months prior to registering as a medical student (not including time spent attending [...] More

Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 09, Annually
This scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America's foremost invertebrate zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses or to carry on research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater or terrestrial field station.

The Hyman Scholarship is intended to help support a first meaningful field station experience for a first- or second-year graduate student or an advanced [...] More

Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The goal of the Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF) program is to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who wish to, and have demonstrated the ability to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology. Students from non-research intensive institutions will have the opportunity to conduct full time summer research with an ASM member at a [...] More

Montgomery County Medical Society (MCMS) Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
Through the Foundation, Montgomery County Medical Society (MCMS) will award multiple $2,500 scholarships to qualified medical students.

Eligibility for scholarship applicants:
- Applicant must be a resident of Montgomery County in the state of Pennsylvania
- Applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 12 months prior to registering as a medical student
- Applicant must be [...] More

Mycological Society of America Awards
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The Mycological Society of America awards a number of scholarships to recognize excellence in research, teaching and service among its membership. The awardees for these honors are selected from nominations made to the Distinctions Committee. Members of this committee are not eligible to nominate or be nominated for these awards, but all other members of the Society may make nominations and are [...] More

National Candy Technologists Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The scholarship award for the recipient is $5,000, paid in two $2,500 installments after verification of enrollment.

To qualify for this non-renewing scholarship award, the student must:
- Be either a college sophomore, junior or senior for the upcoming academic year
- Have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology (this can include many activities including but not limited to [...] More

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Application Deadlines: December 18, Annually
As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2015, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude [...] More

National GEM Consortium Fellowships
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
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 industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also [...] More

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Center
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The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
- Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
- Be a United States citizen
- Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis

Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More

Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship provides one (1) scholarship of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student studying in the field of engineering or in computer, physical or life [...] More

Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Fellowships
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Seven new fellowships will be awarded to students pursuing graduate studies at Penn State in the following colleges: Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, and the Eberly College of Science. In addition, seventeen students in the following colleges will receive second year awards: Earth & Mineral Science, Engineering, the Eberly College of Science, Health & Human Development, the Intercollege [...] More

Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Program
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
The Knop Science Scholarship is a prestigious four-year, full tuition scholarship based on the next academic year's tuition figures. The Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Board convenes each year at the beginning of the second semester. The mission of the board is to identify high-achieving students who show the potential to contribute greatly to the science and mathematics departments at Ripon [...] More

Rocky Mountain Biological Lab REU Program
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
This summer, approximately 10 students will be accepted with REU Awards. Students receiving an REU award may participate in either full-time independent research or independent research/course, as described above. Students accepted through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program receive a stipend, free room, board and travel. REU awards are restricted to students who are not only [...] More

SAPA Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The SAPA Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA) in 1999. Over the past years, SAPA has become a major pharmaceutical professional organization with 4,000 members and three chapters in the Northeast and West Coast.

The Foundation is supported by the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals [...] More

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
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The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of $1,000 or less to students from all areas [...] More

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science SOARS Program
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [...] More

SMART Scholarship for Service
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service is a scholarship for service program that provides students with a stipend (starting between $22,500 and $38,000 per year), full tuition, health coverage, book allowance of $1,000, and other education expenses.

SMART has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support the education, [...] More

Smithsonian Minority Student Internship
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Internships in residence at the Smithsonian are available for students to participate in research or museum-related activities for periods of 10 weeks. U.S. minority undergraduate and beginning graduate students are encouraged to apply. The appointment carries a stipend of $350 per week and travel allowances may be provided.

Deadline: February 1 (For Summer); October 15 (for Spring) For [...] More

SURE Program
Application Deadlines: February 02, Annually
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor. Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyze their data and create written and oral presentations of their results. At the end of the summer, each participant takes part in a formal research [...] More

Teacher Education Scholarship Program of the Alabama Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
The ASGC provides a competitive Teacher Education Scholarship for Alabama’s Space Grant colleges with the goals of encouraging students to pursue degrees leading to becoming teachers of the sciences and mathematics, especially earth, space and environmental science; recognizing high academic achievement and promise; increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and disabled [...] More

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. and the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities are pleased to announce the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship.

This merit scholarship, in the amount of $3,500, 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 [...] More

Truman D. Picard Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 16, Annually
The Truman D. Picard Scholarship is for student enrolled in a federally-recognized tribe and majoring in Natural Resources. Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted at an institution of higher learning or can provide proof of application and college student majoring in Natural [...] More

Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association Leo Bourassa Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
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 offer scholarships to support and acknowledge deserving students who are [...] More

York County Conservation District Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
Student Eligibility for the York County Conservation District Scholarship:
- York County resident
- Attending a college or university in the United States
- Majoring in agriculture, conservation, environment, natural resource management or related field
- Open to students who have completed their first semester of college

Student Application must include:
- Conservation District [...] More

Zannoni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Awards
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The purpose of the Zannoni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Awards is to introduce undergraduate students to pharmacology research in order to heighten interest in science as a career, with an emphasis on pharmacology graduate training to increase the number of young scientists entering the research discipline of pharmacology.

The Sponsor must be an ASPET Regular Member in good [...] More

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