If you're a biology major, then you should be happy to know that you are in a promising and ever-expanding field. Biology is a major that requires quite a bit of investment. You invest plenty of time studying, participating in labs and doing research. You also, of course, invest plenty of money into your education. Luckily, there are plenty of scholarships out there for students pursuing biological studies. Many of these scholarships are not only a means of financial compensation, they also offer fantastic opportunities for hands-on experience. Whether you plan to go into medicine, environmental studies or oceanic research, there is a biology scholarship out there for you.
Funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), the Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship was established to increase the number of civilian scientists working in DoD labs. The SMART scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students who are studying science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The rewards for this scholarship are extensive. SMART scholars are awarded full tuition and educational expenses, health insurance reimbursement, and a cash award of $25,000- $41,000 every year, depending on your prior education experience. There are also paid summer internships available, and upon graduation scholars are placed in civilian jobs in DoD labs. This scholarship is not only a guarantee of financial security, it also ensures the start of your career. Be aware, though, that the deadline is December 1st, 2011. So get going!
The National Garden Club (NGC) offers one-year scholarships to students pursuing a career related to gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral design or horticulture. If you are a junior, senior or non-doctoral graduate student, you must be pursuing a master's degree in order to be eligible. If you are a college sophomore then this restriction does not apply. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and be enrolled full-time. Although the amount has not yet been determined for this academic year, last year 35 scholarships were awarded in the amount of $3,500 each. The deadline for this scholarship is March 1st, 2012.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers this scholarship to undergraduate students interested in oceanic and atmospheric studies. The scholar receives up to $8,000 in academic assistance for the year and a 10-week summer internship, paying $650 per week. The student might also receive academic assistance for the upcoming academic year, if their renewal application is accepted. The internship is a full-time position that takes place at an NOAA facility and gives students a real, hands-on learning experience in the field. Students present their findings at a conference, and are compensated for necessary travel expenses/housing. The deadline for this opportunity is January 6th, 2012.
This scholarship is geared towards students dedicated to pursuing a career in healthcare and in need of financial aid. Applicants must be undergraduates entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2012 and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. In 2011, 5 scholarships were awarded in the amount of $5,000 each. Note that the application period for this year is currently closed, and will reopen again in March for the 2012-2013 academic year. The deadline is set for approximately May 2012.