A-to-Z Index

Foundation Scholarships

Biology

All listed scholarships require either nomination by faculty or prior engagement in research with a faculty member with the only exception being the Chappelear scholarship. For additional information or application procedures for the Chappelear, please contact the department or visit their website: http://www.jmu.edu/biology/awardschol.shtml

Jean D. Acton Scholarship Fund

 Criteria:
     Need Based? No
     Freshman Only? No
 Information:
Established with a bequest from Jean D. Acton to provide scholarships to and/or financial support for research activities of recipients who shall be selected by a committee comprised of three members of the Department of Biology, in consultation with a representative of the Financial Aid Office of James Madison University. The selection committee shall be established and maintained in accordance with directives made by the Department of Biology. Recipients shall be undergraduate students in biology studying in the particular area of microbiology or immunology and having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25, or alternatively, recipients shall be graduate students in biology interested in the study of immunology and having a graduate record examination score in the seventieth percentile; in either case the selection committee shall choose the recipients with the greatest financial need. [Qualified candidates should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms (FAFSA) and submit to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. The FAFSA is one means of determining the ranking of financial need among qualified candidates.] Recipients may receive multiple gifts. Should the selection committee be unable to select a recipient in any one year, the income shall be accumulated and distributed in the following year based on the aforementioned criteria.
 

Norlyn L. Bodkin Scholarship for Biology Majors

 Criteria:
     Need Based? No
     Freshman Only? No
 Information:

A scholarship established by Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Carrier honoring Norlyn L. Bodkin to be awarded annually to a biology major in good standing.

 

George Warren Chappelear Jr. Scholarship

 Criteria:
     Need Based? Yes
     Freshman Only? No
 Information:
An endowed scholarship established by Alvin V., Jr., and Nancy C. Baird in memory of her father, George Warren Chappelear, Jr., who was head of the Biology department at James Madison University from 1918 until his death October 4, 1944. This scholarship is intended to benefit a JMU student who demonstrates financial need and who is a major or at least a minor in Biology. The Biology department will select recipients for this scholarship.
 

CSM Fund in Support of Faculty and Student Summer Research in Biology

 Criteria:
     Need Based? No
     Freshman Only? No
 Information:

Award. Established with a gift from Dr. Charles P. Thomas, Jr. to create The College of Science and Mathematics Fund in support of Faculty and Student Summer Research in Biology. This fund will provide financial resources annually to support a mentored team - involving both a faculty member and an undergraduate student - working jointly and concurrently on a summer research project in the field of Biology. It is anticipated that these annual endeavors will provide special opportunities for the members of the Biology faculty to work with undergraduate students majoring in Biology who seek opportunities to engage in guided scientific research during the summer; such research opportunities typically will arise from or advance the particular student's academic studies.

The funds available each year shall be shared equally—so that one-half shall be awarded to the student as a scholarship for the summer and one-half shall be awarded to the faculty member as a stipend for the summer. This gift will encourage Biology majors to pursue research opportunities during their undergraduate careers that may give rise to the consideration of career opportunities in a scientific, medical, or related research discipline. Beyond the above criteria, the appointment of students and faculty members to receive these research-related funds shall follow the university's guidelines for the awards of such funds.

 

Margaret Poats Fowler '37 Scholarship Endowment in Biology

 Criteria:
     Need Based? No
     Freshman Only? No
 Information:

An endowed scholarship established with a gift to the James Madison University Foundation, Inc. from Margaret Poats Fowler '37. Mrs. Fowler wishes to establish a scholarship endowment for the benefit of James Madison University and its students who are majoring in the study of Biology. Mrs. Fowler is a member of the first class to graduate as students of Madison College.

This scholarship, to be known as the Margaret Poats Fowler '37 Scholarship Endowment in Biology, will provide financial resources annually to assist one or more students who are pursuing the study of Biology as their major academic discipline, with the appointment of students as Fowler Scholars to be made in a manner determined at the discretion of the head of the Biology Department. Beyond this criteria, the appointment of Fowler Scholars shall follow the university's guidelines for the awarding of scholarships.

 

Margaret Gordon Memorial Scholarship

 Criteria:
     Need Based? No
     Freshman Only? No
 Information:

An endowed scholarship established in memory of Margaret Gordon, a deceased faculty member, by her family and friends to support a scholarship in the biology department.

 

Dr. Peter T. Nielsen Annual Award for Botanical Studies

 Criteria:
     Need Based? No
     Freshman Only? No
 Information:
Established by Anne W. Nielsen in memory of her husband, Dr. Peter T. Nielsen, an emeritus faculty member from the Department of Biology, College of Science and Mathematics at JMU. It is intended that an annual award of $1,250 will be made available by the donor to benefit a student who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and a grade point average of 3.25 within the major area, and who intends to pursue studies in botanical science. The award shall be used to recruit a graduate student or, should an eligible graduate student not be available, to reward an outstanding undergraduate student in plant biology. A new student will be selected each year. Past recipients are eligible to reapply for the annual award. Financial need will not be considered in the selection process. A committee of botanists within the Biology Department in the College of Science and Mathematics will select the award recipient.
 
 

 

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  Contact Information:
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   540-568-7820 (phone) 
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   scholarships@jmu.edu
  

Susan K. Moyers
Associate Director for Grants & Scholarships
Email: moyerssk@jmu.edu   

Misty J. Newman

Assistant Director for Scholarships

Email: newmanmj@jmu.edu   

Vivian Ferris
Scholarship Coordinator

Email: ferrisvl@jmu.edu