Scholarships for biology students

A student at The University of Akron who earned a biology scholarshipLooking for scholarships should start before you even start your academic program. However, once you have chosen biology as your academic field, there are specific scholarships that then become available to you. Be as proactive and persistent as possible in your search for opportunities. Begin your search by talking with our financial aid experts. Links to general resources for all students, college resources and specific resources in biology are found below.

  • For current or future undergraduate students: See the scholarships page on our Financial Aid site.
  • For current or future graduate students: Consult with the UA Graduate School.

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Department of Biology Scholarships

The Department of Biology has numerous scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students. These have deadlines in the late spring. Please watch for flyers around the department and an email sent to all Biology students announcing these scholarships and providing details about qualifications and means of applying for them. The email will include an electronic copy of the application or you can come to the Biology office (ASEC D401) to get a paper copy of the application.  Applications are due in late spring and require 2 letters of references.

Scholarships available for 2022 are listed below.  Deadline for application is April 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m.  Email applications to the Biology department office: craig6@uakron.edu.


Virginia A. Auburn Scholarship in  Physical Sciences
The annual award or awards should be presented to a student or students  pursuing premedical programs. $15,000

The Burgner Memorial Medical  Scholarship
For 3rd or 4th year Premedical student selected on the basis of academic  achievement. $4,500

  • 2021 Award #1: Maria Elsoury
  • 2021 Award #2: Danielle Schneider

The Dr. Kevin E. Kelleher Memorial  Fund
This fund will provide assistance to a worthy student specializing in Ecology. $700

  • 2021 Award: Allyson Darst

The Dr. Paul Acquarone Award in  Plant Sciences
Award available to students specializing in plant sciences for the purchase  of books, materials, travel and tuition. $1,200

  • 2021 Award: Lamalani Suarez

Wei‐Jen Chang Endowed Scholarship Fund
Award given to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student receiving a Biology degree from UA. Student must demonstrate financial need. $1,000

  • 2021 Award: Hana Arabi

The Mary E. Leyden Green Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The scholar must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be an “active or inactive” member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. Preference will be given to a student demonstrating financial need. The scholarship is renewable. $2,000 

The Dr. Loren and Emma Hoch  Scholarship
Applicants must be enrolled full‐time in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a degree in Biology. The scholarship recipient shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The fund will support students in their final year of pursuing a bachelor's degree. $4,000

  • 2021 Award: Sydney Ward

The Dr. Roger F. Keller, Jr. Award
Available to a student majoring in Biology with preference given to specialization in Genetics or Biotechnology for the purchase of books, materials, travel and tuition. $700

  • 2021 Award: Cara Brunner

The Lazarus Walter Macior Graduate Scholarship in Botany and Plant Sciences

Award given to a student accepted to a graduate program specializing in Botany or plant sciences. $2,000

  • 2021 Award: Lamalani Suarez

The Alice and Walter Macior Graduate Scholarship in Botany and Plant Sciences
Award given to a student accepted to a graduate program specializing in Botany or plant sciences. $1,000

  • 2021 Award: Brad Small

Charles McClelland Scholarship
To provide scholarships to premedical students in their junior or senior year at The University of Akron. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and need. The award is made on the recommendation of the head of the Department of Biology and the Department Scholarship. $14,000

  • 2021 Award #1: Brooks McKinley
  • 2021 Award #2: Sonia Achaleke

*Elaine Marie Pirogowicz  Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Award will be given to a student in Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences with financial need; an interest in immunization & molecular or cellular biology. A minimum 3.25 GPA is required to apply. $1,000

  • 2021 Award: Allison Yacapraro

Christian Stinner Memorial Award

The award will go to a deserving student who is conducting research at the Dr. Paul E. Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education. $250

  • 2021 Award: Brad Small

George E. Wilkinson Scholarship Fund
Provides tuition assistance for deserving premed students with preference given to students preparing for careers in service to the aging. Preference given to children of employees of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. $1,500

  • 2021 Award: Lucas O'Brien

Scholarships for Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences students

If you are interested in Applied Politics or conflict management, Sociology or Anthropology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Mathematics...or any of a number of other specific fields of study only possible in a College of Arts & Sciences? Then your individual academic interest intersects with scholarship opportunities.

See an extensive list of scholarships created exclusively for students studying in the Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences.

Or learn more about specific scholarship opportunities:

Next step: Ask an adviser about how to pursue scholarship opportunities.