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Department Scholarships

Department Scholarships

Scholarships are described below, including eligibility information. To apply, use the Bobcat Online Scholarship System. Additional awards may be available and posted on bulletin boards throughout the Supple Science Building, Freeman Building, and Ingram Hall. Award amounts may vary from year to year and for different awards. Typically awards are a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars unless otherwise stated in the descriptions below. For information on application deadlines, log into BOSS. 

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  • This endowment was established by Dr. Audrey L. Evers to award scholarships to students, with preference given to students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Life Science Teacher Certification (Grades 7 - 12). Students not pursuing the certification are also eligible to apply, but such applications will not be given preference. This award requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Use BOSS to apply.

  • This scholarship was established to honor the memory of A. B. and Irene S. Rogers and provide financial assistance to students pursuing a degree in the Aquatic Biology program. Awards will be made to full-time upper-level undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) having completed at least 60 hours of coursework. Students must be pursuing a degree within the Aquatic Biology program at Texas State University. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Award amount is up to $500. Use BOSS to apply.


  • This endowment was created by Spurgeon Smith and is named after his father, Charles Spurgeon Smith. Mr. Smith was a long-time professor at Southwest Texas State University. Applicants must be freshmen level (0 - 29 credits completed), Biology major or minor, and minimum ACT score of 27 or minimum combined SAT score of 1200. Award amount varies. Use BOSS to apply.

  • This scholarship was established in honor of Chuck Nash, San Marcos businessman and member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for many years, to provide financial support for students pursuing aquatic and hydrological studies at Texas State University. Applicant must be a full-time junior, senior, or M.S. graduate student pursuing studies in aquatics or hydrology with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Award amount is up to $1,000. Use BOSS to apply.

  • This award is given to an outstanding biology graduate student; it is a tuition scholarship for the academic year (fall and spring semester). All graduate students in thesis or dissertation requiring programs are eligible. The award will be based on merit, including demonstration of excellence and proven research potential. At least two letters of recommendation are required. Award amount is up to $2,000. Use BOSS to apply.

  • This award was created in 2006 to honor Dr. Francis Rose, Chair of the Department of Biology for 11 years. The purpose of this award is to provide research opportunities for undergraduates in the biological sciences during the academic year, especially for students whose financial need would make such work difficult on an unpaid basis. The goal of this program is to increase the number of undergraduate students doing research. All qualified undergraduates are encouraged to apply. An amount of $100 to $1,500 will be awarded for the semester. The funds are to be used for research activities, and thus you can also receive course credit for your research by registering for BIO 4299. The funds are disbursed through the Biology Department office. Note that this award does not use the BOSS system, see below for further details. 

    • A position conducting research with a faculty member must be arranged  prior to when you apply for this grant.
    • Applicants must have an interest in pursuing a career in some aspect of the biological sciences.
    • Applicants must have a faculty adviser to support their proposed research.
    • Some research experience (whether in university coursework or work outside the university) is required.
    • Awards in previous semesters or summer do not guarantee an award for the current year.
    • Three letters of recommendation are required which includes one from the faculty adviser.
    • Applicants must write a 3-page grant proposal for the research they would like to perform. This proposal should include a brief budget of $100- $1,500.
    • To apply for this award, please fill out this form.
    Please direct all questions to the scholarship chair, Dr. Noland Martin. Information on the application deadline can also be obtained from Dr. Martin.
  • This award is given in honor of Fred and Yetta Richan to support the activities of Texas State students engaged in research and management of streams, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs. Applicant must be a Ph.D. student pursuing studies in Aquatic Resources or M.S. or undergraduate student  pursuing studies in Aquatic Biology at Texas State University. Students must be full-time with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Award amount is up to $1,000. Use BOSS to apply.


  • Awarded to outstanding graduate (M.S., Ph.D.) students in recognition of significant contributions to the study of aquatic resources. This is a competitive award and recognizes outstanding students based on ability, achievements, and financial need. Students must be pursuing studies in Aquatic Resources or Aquatic Biology. Students must be enrolled full-time and have a minimum 3.5 GPA or higher. Award amount is up to $500. Note that this scholarship does NOT use BOSS for applying. Questions and applications may be directed to Dr. Benjamin Schwartz. 

  • This is a tuition-credit scholarship awarded by the Department of Biology to a junior, senior, or graduate student in recognition of significant academic achievement. This scholarship was established by Christopher B. Schulze, M.D. in honor of his father. Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students majoring in Biology, enrolled full-time at Texas State University, and with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Note: previous recipients may reapply for the scholarship; renewal will be based on evaluation of continued academic achievement. Particular emphasis is given to research accomplishment and research potential. Use BOSS to apply.


  • The endowment was established by Lamar and Marilynn Johanson in memory of William K. Davis. The award supports graduate student research through stipends or fellowships. Applicants must be enrolled full time in M.S. or Ph.D. program within the Department of Biology. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in teaching at the college level. Award amount varies. Use BOSS to apply.

  • This award is in honor of the late Dr. Russell W. Strandtmann and his wife, Ruth Strandtmann. They established a field biology development fund in their names for the purpose of supporting undergraduate research projects in the areas of whole organism taxonomy, systematics, life history studies, and ecology. Awards are made to full-time (12 or more hours) undergraduate students who have earned at least 90 semester hours toward a biology degree while enrolled at Texas State University and who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing advanced studies in the biological sciences. Award amount is up to $600. Use BOSS to apply.


  • This scholarship honors Sally Ann Karnau. Ms. Sally Ann Karnau earned her Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Biology from Texas State in the early 1980s. She was an instructor in the Biology Department at Texas State. Ms. Karnau loved fieldwork and took her classes on many field trips. She wanted her students to become more aware of their surroundings. Ms. Karnau was pursuing her doctoral degree at the time of her death. Applicants must be a biology major, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, be a junior or senior student, and be financing at least 25% of his/her education. Note that this application also requires: most recent Texas State University transcript, evidence of financial self-support (pay-stubs, loan statements, etc.), and a two-page double-spaced essay concerning your future use of your biology degree. Award amount is up to $1,000. Use BOSS to apply.


  • Dr. William E. "Henry" Norris was a long serving professor, Chair of the Biology Department, and Distinguished Professor of Biology Emeritus at Southwest Texas State University. He held many positions during his tenure, including Dean of the University. Dr. Norris was a champion of student research. This award was created to honor Dr. Norris and to support graduate research activities in the biological sciences. Applicants must have a thesis/dissertation proposal on file with the Graduate College and must submit a copy of current Texas State transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Award amount is up to $800. Use BOSS to apply.


  • W.K. Davis began teaching in the Department of Biology in 1948 and retired in 1979. During that time, Professor Davis had a profound positive influence on generations of biology students. His expertise as a field naturalist and his knowledge of nature lore, as well as his willingness to enthusiastically share his knowledge with others during the many field expeditions that he planned and led, endeared him to many. In recognition of his priceless contributions to their education, students of Professor Davis have endowed a Field Biology Award to be given in his honor. Funds provided from this endowment may be used to support field-oriented undergraduate student research in any area of natural history. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students who have earned at least 90 semester hours toward a Biology degree while enrolled at Texas State University and actively involved in one or more projects directly related to the study of natural history. Award is intended to help defray the costs of field-related research and/or the costs of attending a scientific meeting where the student is the presenting author of a poster or oral presentation. Award amount varies. Use BOSS to apply.