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 next academic year should submit their applications  at Applications are due the previous spring (usually in February) for awards the following academic year. Recipients need to be registered in the following academic year to be able to receive the scholarship funds via student accounts each fall semester. For questions contact: University Scholarships at or the College of Arts and Sciences at or (828) 262-3078.

NOTE: Scholarships are funded from investment earnings of the Appalachian Foundation. 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

Dr. Kevin Bell Memorial Endowed Optometry Scholarship

Originally established by the late Dr. Kevin Bell, in support of students interested in Optometry. The scholarship was renamed to honor 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.

Dr. F. Ray Derrick Endowed Biology Scholarship

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

Joseph H. and Eileen K. Elrod Endowment for Biology Income Scholarship

Established by Joseph H. and Eileen K. Elrod, this award provides scholarship support to a rising sophomore, junior or senior majoring in Biology. Recipient must be a resident of North Carolina and demonstrate financial need. Preference shall be given to students who are residents of northwestern North Carolina.

Lloyd L. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship for the Physical Sciences

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

Mitchell D. Hoyl/Paul A. Patacchiola 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 Appalachian, 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.

Bill Hubbard Memorial Scholarship in Biology Endowment

Established in honor of Dr. William "Bill" 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 and intention of entering a health profession after graduation.

Ida Belle Ledbetter Memorial Scholarship in Biology Endowment

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 H. 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

Gary Walker Outstanding Graduate Student in Biology 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 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 expenses related to undergraduate biology research. You can apply here.


Outside Scholarship Opportunities

The Udall Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships to sophomore and junior undergraduates 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.

College Scholarships

Consider scholarships offered by the college. Visit the college website to see the qualifications for each scholarship offered. For more questions, contact the Dean's office at or (828) 262-3078. 

  • Sally A. Callegari Memorial Scholarship for Gender Diversity in Animal Studies
  • Drs. Joanne Smith and Don R. Brannon Scholarship for Natural Sciences
  • Richard A. Thomas Memorial Scholarship for Arts and Sciences 
  • Jonathan K. Perryman Memorial Scholarship for the Sciences
  • GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholarships
  • The Peggy Harmon Shore Pre-Health Care Professional Endowed Scholarship