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How to Apply

Applications are accepted from August to December each year for scholarships awarded for the following academic year. 

All Biological Sciences scholarship applications are submitted through Scholarship Central.  To apply for a scholarship, please visit and go to Scholarship Central.  You may want to read the Scholarship Central Guide before you start.  After you log in, you will be asked to complete a demographic information section. Once this information is submitted you will be able to access the link for College of Science Scholarships. The same application is used for the Biological Sciences scholarships and the College of Science scholarships (you apply once for both groups of scholarships.) As you can tell by reading the scholarship descriptions, some have very specific selection criteria. Completing all components of the application (personal statement, resume, letter of recommendation, question check boxes, and FAFSA) will ensure that you will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible. 

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).