Scholarships and Assistantships
Between November and February 1st of each year, to be considered for any institutional scholarship including departmental scholarships, continuing UNR students must complete the scholarship application in MyNEVADA: go to Student Center, Supplemental Forms, Scholarship Application.
To be eligible for consideration for scholarships which require financial need, by March 1 annually students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov and include federal school code 002568; University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA (such as international students or students with DACA status), may complete the Financial Aid Calculation for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students form by March 1 annually.
The University of Nevada and State of Nevada provide for numerous scholarship opportunities.
To find out more about what scholarships are available, visit the University Scholarship site.
The biology department has scholarships specifically for biology majors. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. Please see the scholarship descriptions below for further details related to each award. The actual amount of the awards varies from year to year, depending on the performance of scholarship endowment funds. Not all scholarships are available on an annual basis.
The scholarship application should be submitted to the department of biology office by March 1st. To apply for one of these scholarships, submit an application form, personal statement, and two letters of support from biology faculty. If you are conducting research or independent study with a mentor in another department, a letter from this research advisor would be appropriate as one of your two supporting letters. Applications and letters should be submitted to the department of biology office. Questions related to scholarship availability, application procedures, or eligibility should be addressed to the department of biology office.
Scholarships for Undergraduate Biology Majors
The Edwards Scholarship is intended to encourage an outstanding biology student at the end of the freshman year. Criteria are an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, science and math GPA of 3.2 or better, and evidence of exceptional promise in the biological sciences. (Approx. $1100)
SOPHOMORE SCHOLARSHIP (>30 completed credits):
The Mead Scholarship is intended to help students pursue their higher education goals. The recipient should be a full-time biology major who has completed 30-70 credits, and has GPA of 3.0 or better. This will generally be at the end of sophomore year, although some freshmen may qualify. (Approx. $900)
JUNIOR/SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS (>60 completed credits):
The Moose Scholarship is intended to encourage scholarship and preparation of students who intend to go on to graduate study in biology or a related discipline. We have one award for the "outstanding biology student of junior status." Recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award. (Approx. $1200)
The Hadley-Lynch Scholarship is intended for student with junior standing or higher, and preference is given to female students. Recipients must earn a minimum of 24 academic credits per year, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award. This scholarship is also open to neuroscience majors. (Approx. $600)
The Freeman Scholarship is for biology majors with financial need. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of award. Recipients must earn a minimum of 24 academic credits per year, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award. A change of major by the recipient will result in loss of the scholarship. This scholarship is not renewable. (Approx. $1100)
The Ort Biology Scholarship is intended for biology majors pursuing health-related careers. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2, full time enrollment in 30+ credits/years, and completion of 60-120 credit hours at the start of the award. (Approx. $1000)