Biology Department Scholarships
Each year the Biology Department uses funds provided by alumni, faculty members, and other donors to support students through departmental scholarships. These scholarships are awarded competitively based mainly on academic achievements. Eligibility varies depending on the particular award. The number of awards given each year is dependent upon funding.
How to Apply
Use the Missouri State University General and Departmental Scholarship application. The application is located in the Financial Aid section of My Missouri State (see steps 1-4 below). Applications for Biology Department awards are due March 1. Smyth-Glynn-Callaway applications are due at the end of September (see below).
Be sure that you include all of the information requested. The application requires an essay describing your academic goals and career plans.
Some of the scholarships require you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We recommend that you submit the FAFSA on or after January 1 and no later than March 1 each year.
Due to the number of applicants, you will be contacted only if you are selected for a scholarship.
To locate the application:
1. Log into My Missouri State (if you do not have a username and password, there is a "Get an account" link on the My Missouri State login page). You must be admitted* to MSU in order to access your My Missouri State account.
2. Click on the Profile tab near the top of the My Missouri State page.
3. If you haven't already, you will need to complete the Online Financial Aid Agreement. The Financial Aid Agreement is located in the Other Information section on the Profile tab. Click on the Online Agreements link and then complete the Financial Aid Agreement.
4. Once the Financial Aid Agreement is complete, you can access the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by clicking on it in the Financial Aid section on the Profile tab. You can search and apply for donor funded scholarships with this application.
*If you are not admitted to the university but would like to view the donor funded scholarships, the Search Tool will allow you to search available scholarships. Please note that you will not be able to apply for scholarships with the Search Tool.
If you experience trouble with logging in or locating the application, please contact the Computer Services Help Desk at 417-836-5891.
Biology Department Scholarships and Eligibility
Carla Hinton Memorial Biology Scholarship ($500)
Biology major, enrolled in at least 12 hours. If sophomore or higher, must have GPA of 3.0 or higher in Biology.
*Financial need is considered, therefore student must have the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at the MSU Financial Aid office.
Biology Alumni Scholarship ($500)
Biology major with 30 or more hours of college credit, including at least 8 hours in Biology. Overall GPA at least 3.0.
Biology Education Scholarship ($500)
Biology/Education major with 60 or more hours of college credit, including at least 8 hours in Biology. Overall GPA at least 3.0.
Tom A. Stombaugh Pre-Medical Scholarship ($500)
Biology major with 60 or more hours of college credit, including at least 15 hours in Biology, including BIO 235. Overall GPA at least 3.0. Must be planning a medical career.
Guy Callaway, Sr. Outstanding Junior Premedical Student Award ($1500)
Any MSU premedical student with 60 or more credit hours, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and on track to graduate within four regular semesters. Note: September 30 deadline for AY 2011/12 only.
Guy Callaway, Sr. Outstanding Senior Premedical Student Award ($1500)
Any MSU premedical student in their last year of undergraduate studies with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and application to medical school initiated. Note: September 30 deadline for AY 2011/12 only.
Smyth-Glynn-Callaway Pre-Medical Scholarships ($1,000)
Premedical student with 60 or more credit hours, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and on track to graduate within four regular semesters. Multiple scholarships may be awarded each year depending on student qualifications. Note: September 30 deadline for AY 2011/12 only.
Immunotoxicology Scholarship ($1,000)
Biology major with interest in immunology or toxicology, with 60 or more hours of college credit, overall GPA of at least 3.5, and a minimum of 12 hours completed in Biology. This award is available to Biology and Chemistry students in alternate years. Applicant must be nominated by a faculty member of the Department of Biology (please contact Dr. John Havel if you wish to be nominated).
Biology Wildlife Scholarship ($500)
Biology major with 60 or more hours of college credit, including at least 8 hours in Biology. Overall GPA at least 3.0. Must be planning a career in fisheries or wildlife conservation or research.
Quail Forever Gateway Chapter #1 Scholarship ($2,500)
A Senior or Graduate Student with a major in a department in CNAS who plans to pursue a career in Wildlife Conservation and Management. Must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Must supply evidence of upland game hunting experience (e.g. hunting journal, hunting license, or hunt-club membership). Awardees expected to attend Quail Forever Chapter #1 Banquet to receive award in person.
Biology Freshman Scholarships ($200 - $500)
Freshman Biology major.
Paul L. and Alice W. Redfearn Undergraduate Research Award ($500)
Major in Biology, Anthropology, Geology or other area of natural history. The award will be given to a student who conceives an original research project on the natural history of the Ozarks while enrolled at the undergraduate level. The student will present a proposal for the research to the committee for consideration. The award will be made for the semester/school year when the research will be conducted. The student may be enrolled in graduate courses at Missouri State University at the time that the award is made.
Previous recipients may reapply. Awards are contingent upon enrollment for the Fall semester. Biology students are also eligible to apply for a variety of other scholarships and financial aid programs through Missouri State Financial Aid.
Scholarship donations are needed and are greatly appreciated! If you wish to pledge support, please contact the Biology Department or the Missouri State Foundation. An online pledge form is also available.