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 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.

Biology Scholarships

Scholarship Information

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 Department of Biology 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.

Application Procedures

The scholarship application should be submitted to the Department of Biology office (SFB 100) 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.  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 degree seeking students in the Department of Biology.  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.  (Approx. $1000)

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, earns a minimum of 24 academic credits per year, and has a 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 Award 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. $700)

The Hadley-Lynch Scholarship is intended for students with junior standing or higher, and preference is given to female students and students with financial need. Recipients must earn a minimum of 30 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. (Minimum of $1000)

The Freeman Scholarship is for biology majors with financial need. Recipients must have junior standing or higher, 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 per year, and completion of 60-120 credit hours at the start of the award. (Approx. $1000)

Scholarship Application Form