PLEASE NOTE: Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 academic year. Deadline is March 1, 2019.

Scholarships are available in three categories: University-wide Scholarships, College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships, and Departmental Scholarships. Students wishing to apply for Biology Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year should submit their applications  NO LATER than March 1, 2019 in order to be considered for these awards. One reference is required, a letter can be emailed to or mailed to ASU Department of Biology, PO Box 32027, Boone, NC 28608, Attn: Scholarships. If no letter is received, the student will be notified and can either contact that reference or select another one. Students will notified by early May 2019 if they were successful in obtaining a scholarship. Scholarships will be contingent upon registering for the fall semester and maintaining good academic standing, including meeting any minimum GPA required by a scholarship. The link to the Departmental Scholarship application is here. Please note: You must  download the application, fill it out,  and email it to 

NOTE: Scholarships are funded from investment earnings of the ASU Foundation. The specific scholarships available during a given academic year are dependent on the economic conditions at the time.The Department of Biology offers the following scholarships for qualified students:

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Dr. Kevin Bell Memorial Endowed Optometry Scholarship

Originally established by the late by Dr. Kevin Bell, in support of students interested in Optometry. The scholarship was renamed to honor Dr. Bell in 2011. Qualifications: Undergraduate seniors preparing for a career in Optometry.

Biology Alumni and Faculty Emeriti Endowed Scholarship

Established by alumni and faculty, this scholarship provides $800 annually for up to four years with preference given to entering students. Qualifications: Students must be biology majors.

F. Ray Derrick Scholarship

Established by Carolyn Hampton, former student, in honor of F. Ray Derrick, the award provides scholarships for qualified biology majors. Qualifications: Applicants should be residents of North Carolina and need financial assistance.

Lloyd L. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship

Established by Mrs. Ella T. Hobbs, and the Appalachian State University Foundation, Inc. in honor of her husband, the award provides two scholarships each year for need-based students who are juniors or seniors in the physical sciences.

Mitchell D. Hoyl/Paul A. Patacchioloa Scholarship in Biology

Qualifications: Applicants who are either a graduate of an accredited high school, entering college for the first time, and accepted for admission to ASU, or current undergraduate or graduate students at the University; must be majoring in Biology with a specialization in Ecology and Environmental Biology or Teaching. Applicants must show proof of their North Carolina ancestry: progenitor established in North Carolina no later than 1860.

William E. Hubbard Memorial Scholarship

Established in honor of Dr. William Hubbard, a former faculty member, the Hubbard scholarship provides one yearly award of $300-500 for an upper-level student who intends to enter a health profession. Qualifications: Junior or Senior biology major with high GPA's and intention of entering one of the health professions after graduation.

Ida Belle Ledbetter Scholarship

Established by Ms. Ida Belle Ledbetter, former faculty member, the Ledbetter Scholarship provides scholarships ($200-500) for qualified biology majors. Qualifications: Biology majors with preference to students from Northwestern North Carolina and to students who are contributing financially toward their own education.

Dr. Carolyn Hampton Research Scholarship for Biology

This scholarship is intended to support undergraduate biology majors involved in worthy research projects/activities that are approved by the chair of the biology department or the chair's designee.

Graduate Scholarships and Awards

The Gary Walker Outstanding Biology Graduate Student Award

This annual award, founded in 2012, was established to recognize one outstanding graduate student in Biology based on measures of service, teaching and research with an award of $500. The award was formed in Dr. Walker's name for over 25 years of commitment and service to the graduate degree program as the Biology Department Graduate Program Director.  Nomination process available here



Richard Henson Biology Endowed Field Trip Fund

This scholarship is provided to support specific field trip expense related to undergraduate biology research. You can apply here.


Outside Scholarship Opportunities

The Udall Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships to sophomore and junior undergrads with a demonstrated commitment to solving environmental issues through policy, science (hard and soft), engineering, architecture, economics, the arts, or any other discipline. Udall Scholars also get to attend the Scholar Orientation in August and are immediately plugged into a growing and active alumni network.