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 Scholarships for Biology Freshman 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Freshman Scholarships:

Biology and other freshman and upperclass scholarships can be found online at this link or
contact the Office of Financial Aid, 107 Maltby Center, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA, 16057. Please make certain that you provide the letters of recommendation and required statement if you wish to be considered for biology scholarships

This is the freshman biology scholarship page.  Scholarships are awarded to incoming biology majors only.

 Click here to view the upperclass biology scholarship page.

NOTE:  Scholarships are awarded for one academic year unless otherwise indicated,
but are reviewed on a semester basis. All scholarship recipients must maintain the indicated GPA, remain a biology major and be taking an appropriate biology curriculum,  and remain active in departmental activities.


The first two scholarships are renewable, so are only available when the previous winner has graduated or moved on to an accelerated program (e.g., 3+3 PT, 3+4 Osteopathic medicine, etc.)


Thomas H. John Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Thomas H. John, a member of the Department of Biology at Slippery Rock University for 26 years. Established as a gift from Mr. John upon his retirement in 1979, each scholarship is valued at $1250 per year. The scholarship is initially awarded every four years, and it is renewable if the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains a biology major. Applicants must be United States citizens in the top 20 percent of their high school class with a combined SAT score of at least 1,000 or a composite ACT score of 23 or better. Applicants are required to send three letters of recommendation with their application. These letters should attest to the applicant's character, potential for academic success, dependability, and emotional maturity. A statement describing long-range goals, both professional and personal, should be attached to the application. Preference will be given to students with an interest in ecology.


James Steel Memorial Scholarship


This scholarship is named in honor of James Steel, a biology major who died tragically in a house fire on March 3, 1979. The scholarship, in the amount of $1600/year, was established from gifts given in his memory by family and friends. The scholarship is initially awarded every four years, and it is renewable if the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains a biology major. Applicants must be United States citizens in the top 20 percent of their high school class with a combined SAT score of at least 1,000 or a composite ACT score of 23 or better. Applicants should submit three letters of recommendation with their application. These letters should attest to the applicant's character, potential for academic success, dependability, and emotional maturity. Preference will be given to students from Westmoreland County.  

 

The following are awarded on an anual basis:

 

Thomas W. Gaither Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Thomas W. Gaither, biology professor since 1968. One scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded on an annual basis. Preference for the scholarship will be given to an entering student who will major in biology with the intention of becoming a professional biologist or biology teacher, or enter the medical field. The successful applicant must have a minimum score of 1000 on the SAT and have graduated in the upper quarter his/her class. A demonstrated ability and desire to learn will be expectations of the successful applicant. Scholarship application must include a letter addressing the above criteria, two letters of recommendation, and a one-half page, single spaced essay setting forth the applicant's most significant life experience. Evidence or commentary on financial need would also be useful.

Wayne L. Miller MD Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was endowed by Dr. Wayne L. Miller, associate professor of medicine, cardiologist, and cardiovascular research scientist at the Mayo Clinic.  He endowed the scholarship in appreciation for the great faculty and the outstanding biology education he received at Slippery Rock that provided him with a firm foundation for his medical research and practice.  The scholarship, in the amount of $1000/year, is awarded annually beginning in 2012.  Applicants must be in the top 20 percent of their high school class or have a combined SAT score of at least 1000 or a composite ACT score of 23 or better. Applicants are required to send three letters of recommendation with their application that attest to the applicant's character, potential for academic success, dependability, and emotional maturity. A statement describing long-range goals, both professional and personal, should be attached to the application.  

Biology Honors Scholarship

This scholarship is funded from the biology honors account.   One of more scholarships in the amount of $1000 (nonrenewable) are usually awarded annually to either an incoming freshman or to an upperclass biology major.  Applicants must be in the top 20 percent of their high school class or have a combined SAT score of at least 1000 or a composite ACT score of 23 or better. Applicants are required to send three letters of recommendation with their application. These letters should attest to the applicant's character, potential for academic success, dependability, and emotional maturity. A statement describing long-range goals, both professional and personal, should be attached to the application. 


Awards given at the NSM Banquet in spring.

Department of Biology Outstanding Student 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Outstanding Student
Beta Beta Beta Senior Service Award

Dept. of Biology Outstanding Cytotechnology Junior

Dept.of Biology Outstanding Medical Technology Junior