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Scholarship applications are accepted from October to January each academic year for scholarships awarded for the next academic year. The current scholarship deadline is January 22, 2024 for the 2024-25 academic year.

All Biological Sciences scholarship applications are submitted through Scholarship Central. 

To apply for a scholarship, please visit to complete the General Application and the College of Science application

Once you complete these applications the Biological Sciences application will appear in the Recommended Opportunities section, or you can navigate to the Biological Sciences application using this link:

A complete application requires: your resume, response to an essay prompt, and the name and email address of one person who will provide a letter of recommendation.

Some scholarships are based on merit only, others are based on merit and financial need.  Financial need must be verified by submitting a FAFSA, so be sure to submit the FAFSA to receive maximum consideration.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to receive a scholarship! Please direct all questions and concerns to Mary Lipscomb.


I. D. Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Given to a Pre-Vet Biological Sciences major. The student should exhibit high academic achievement. (GPA 3.5 or higher)

Deborah Koller Scholarship
Awarded to individuals aspiring for a research career. The student should demonstrate high academic achievement (GPA 3.5 or higher) and should have some experience in biological research at Virginia Tech.

Joe and Barbara Cowles Scholarship
Awarded to students who are planning to enter the fields of nursing, teaching, professoriate, or research and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students in the Honors Program. (Minimum GPA 3.2, FAFSA required)

Dr. Stephen D. Lutz Scholarship
Awarded to students who are Virginia Residents, demonstrate strong financial need, and have a GPA over 3.0. (FAFSA required)

Ralph E. Carlson Memorial Freshman Scholarship 
Awarded to an entering freshman and is based on academic achievement and financial need. (GPA 3.5 or higher, FAFSA required)

Ralph Carlson Memorial Scholarship in Ornithology 
Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing careers in ornithology.

Rachael Hill Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a rising sophomore undergraduate with a GPA of 3.5 or above and a record of University or community involvement (research, leadership, and/or service).