Scholarship Opportunities in BIO and NRM

There are several offices at the university which serve as a resource for students to find scholarships. These university offices offer information on thousands of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for which students in the biological sciences can apply. The Office of Financial Aid Scholarship Page has a searchable database of scholarship opportunities including scholarships for new students, scholarships offered by GVSU, and scholarships from external sources. The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships advises highly competitive students seeking nationally competitive awards from prestigious award programs.  Apply for any of the scholarships or awards listed below through myScholarships. Applications are due March 1.

Michigan Garden Club Scholarship: The Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc., Scholarship is a competitive scholarship of $1,000.00 awarded annually to one student. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have sophomore standing or higher (including graduate standing). The scholarship will be awarded to a student studying in: Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Forestry, Conservation, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Environmental Concerns, Land Management and/or related fields. 

The DeWitt Barrels Inc. Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management Scholarship: DeWitt Barrels has partnered with Grand Valley State University to offer this scholarship to students pursuing careers in the preservation and restoration of natural resources.

  • Candidates must be a full-time degree-seeking Junior who has earned 55 or more credit hours
  • Must be studying Natural Resources Management
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Candidates must demonstrate their intention to enter a career involving preservation or restoration of our natural resources. No particular course path is required to apply, the sciences are likely to lead to a career in an environment science or natural resource field.
  • Must demonstrate financial need and must file FAFSA
  • Transfer candidates must be accepted to GVSU to apply

Renewal Criteria: Scholarships may be renewed without reapplication for a max of (4) semesters.

The John Shontz Scholarship:  Merit scholarship awarded to a student majoring in Biology with a declared emphasis in Plant Biology.  Applicants must be undergraduates with sophomore standing or higher as of the Fall prior to application.

The Barbara Waddell Research Award: Scholarship awarded to a student who wants to conduct research in native plants and their use in gardening, landscaping, ecosystem restoration eradication of undesirable invasive species or conservation of native species of plants.  The student must be majoring in either Biology or Natural Resources Management. Applicants must be undergraduates with sophomore standing or higher as of the Fall prior to application.  

The Arlene Treanor Internship Award: Provides funding to support an internship for a student with interests in use of native plants in landscaping.  The internship is to be at a plant nursery, landscaping business or agency that fosters the use of native plants in landscaping.  Applicants must be undergraduates with sophomore standing or higher as of the Fall prior to application. Before submitting this application, you must have arranged for an internship with a faculty sponsor, your academic advisor, and an agent of the business or agency where you will work.  This award will compensate the student for travel and materials associated with the internship as well as providing a $1,000 stipend.

To apply:

1.You should consult with a faculty member in the Biology Department who will help you contact an appropriate agency or business.  You must then contact that agency or business and arrange when you would do the internship and what sort of activities in which you would be involved.  You must be working in the use of native plants in landscaping.
2.You must arrange with a faculty member to be your sponsor and to register for the appropriate internship credits.
3.You must also submit an application through myScholarships.

Professor Paul A. Huizenga Biology Education Scholarship: This scholarship was established to promote the legacy of Professor Huizenga who was committed to teaching biology.  Students who qualify for this scholarship will be individually invited to apply by the Huizenga scholarship committee. 

  • Must be entering your junior or senior year of study. Transfer students at the junior or senior level may be considered.
  • Must be accepted and enrolled as a full-time student with a biology major and seeking secondary teacher certification in the college of education, intending to teach biology at a secondary school level
  • Candidates must be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Priority will be given to candidates based on a combination of academic merit and financial need as jointly determined by the Biology Department and the Financial Aid Department

Renewal Criteria: Renewable Max four semesters. 

John Salski Memorial Award: Named in honor of the late John Salski, a biology alumnus, whose financial gift made this award possible.  Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, be an undergraduate majoring in Biology or NRM,  and have completed 15 credit hours of Biology or NRM coursework at Grand Valley.  The award is given only for Biology or NRM summer activity or research. 

Howard and Rose Stein Scholarship: Named in honor of the late Howard J. Stein, Professor Emeritus of Biology and his wife, Rose.  Applicants must be a major that is also earning a secondary teaching certificate OR a major who intends to pursue a research career with a laboratory focus after graduation. Additionally the student must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Entering the junior undergraduate year in the Fall semester prior to application.  Scholarships may be renewed for one year.  The definition of the junior undergraduate year is flexible, as guidelines, either someone starting their fifth or sixth semester (excluding summer semesters) or having completed between 44 to 70 credit hours.
2. Enrolled with full-time status as a Biology, Natural Resources Management, or Cell and Molecular Biology degree-seeking student.
3. Cumulative grade point average [GVSU and transfer credits of 3.2 or better (4.0 system)].
4. Accepted by Grand Valley State University for enrollment or currently attending the University.

How to Apply

Apply for any of the scholarships or awards listed above through myScholarships. Applications are due March 1.