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The SOU Biology Department is fortunate to be able to award several scholarships which are specifically for our Biology majors.  Applications are typically due during February, with funding awarded for the following year.  We encourage all Biology majors to apply for the scholarships for which they meet the criteria.  If you have questions, please see your advisor or any Biology faculty member.

In order to apply for these scholarships, Biology majors MUST

   1)  Apply online through the SOU Online Scholarship Application Site (SOSA)

 

But this is not enough - you must also

    2) Contact the Science Hall Office and pick up additional forms specific to each scholarship.

These forms consist of faculty recommendation forms, supplementary information, and/or capstone proposals that you will need to pick up well in advance so that you can turn them in by the scholarship deadline.

The specific scholarships that are available and their award criteria are:

Blanche and Gilman Plunkett Biology and Botany Scholarship

This scholarship provides a $500 award to a number of biology students each year.  To receive this scholarship, students

  • Must be a full time student of Southern Oregon University of at least Sophomore standing
  • Must be majoring in biologically-oriented studies, with preference given to botany
  • Other career orientations in biology will be considered
  • Must have an exceptional academic record and have demonstrated creative, high quality college work
  • Must have two recommendations submitted from faculty OUTSIDE the Department of Biology.  Recommendation forms are obtained from and returned to the Science Hall Office (Cascade 101).

 

Irene Hollenbeck Senior Fellowship in Biology

This fellowship provides a $2400 award spread over the three quarters of the student's senior year.  To receive this award, a student

  • Must apply during their junior year
  • Must be a senior during the period of the award and expect to graduate at the end of the year
  • Must be a full time student
  • Must have attended SOU as a Biology major for the two years prior to the beginning of the scholarship
  • Must have an exceptional academic record and have demonstrated creative and high-quality college work
  • Must fill out a Supplementary Information Form (obtained from and returned to Science Hall Office)
  • Must fill out a Work Plan form describing a project to provide at least 50 hours assistance per quarter in a laboratory or field-oriented activity for one or more faculty members of the Department of Biology.  This is typically your capstone research project, which you should discuss with your advisor, and which they will need to agree to and sign.  The Work Plan Form is obtained from and returned to Science Hall Office (Cascade 101).

 

Robert R. Robinson Memorial Biology Scholarship

This fellowship provides a $2400 award spread over the three quarters of the following year.  To receive this scholarship, a student

  • Must be a student majoring in Biology at Southern Oregon University
  • Must apply during their junior or senior year
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be interested in a career in environmental interpretation, environmental education or related field
  • Must be a full time student
  • Must fill out a Supplementary Information Form, which is obtained from and returned to Science Hall Office (Cascade 101).
  • Must fill out a Work Plan form describing a project to provide at least 50 hours assistance per quarter in a laboratory or field-oriented activity for one or more faculty members of the Department of Biology.  This is typically your capstone research project, which you should discuss with your advisor, and which they will need to agree to and sign.  The Work Plan Form is obtained from and returned to
    Science Hall Office (Cascade 101).

 

Selection for these three scholarships is made by the Biology Scholarship Committee.

You may be eligible for additional scholarships as well, based on other criteria.  In addition to the biology scholarships above, you can apply for other SOU scholarships through a single application process at the SOU Online Scholarship Application site

Find out more about these and other outside scholarships at the financial aid scholarships site:

   http://www.sou.edu/enrollment/financial-aid/scholarships/