Biology Department Scholarship


     This year the Biology Department will awards scholarships to 6-8 outstanding students that are

pursuing careers in the field of Biology or Allied Health. The amounts range from $500 - $1500

each, depending on the specific scholarship awarded. These scholarships are based primarily on

merit, although extenuating personal circumstances are also taken into consideration. A team

of Biology faculty thoroughly evaluates all applications and makes awards to those students

that have shown exemplary work in their biology courses while at Cabrillo College.


     -Pursuing a Biology related degree requiring courses from this department

     - Completed one course from the Biology Department (Bio101 excluded) plus a second

course is in progress or already completed. Courses must be within the last two years

     - Not a previous Biology Scholarship recipient

Application Process

Five different Biology scholarships make up the available funds. You do not need to apply to a

particular scholarship. The selection committee will consider you for the scholarship that

seems the best fit for you.

Submit the following materials online NO LATER THAN FRIDAY MARCH 5 TH , 2021, 5:00 pm.

No exceptions.

     - Completed Google Forms Application Form

     - 500 word essay described below

     - Electronic copy of Cabrillo College transcripts and transcripts from any other colleges

attended (unofficial copies are sufficient but must show name of college and include a

summary GPA). Missing any portion of these requirements will automatically eliminate you from the selection


Student Statement of Educational and Professional Goals

     Type a one-page (maximum 500 words) statement describing your academic objectives and goals,

your future professional goals, any academic honors received, extracurricular activities, Biology

department involvement (such as TA, SI leader or tutor), community involvement and any personal

experiences that have impacted your educational pursuit.

List of Scholarships That Make up the Biology Department Scholarship Offerings

     You can, but do not need to, request to be considered for a particular scholarship- the committee will find the one that

seems the best fit. Please notice that the requirements for each differ, so you may not be eligible some.

         -The Cornelia Ackley Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to outstanding students pursuing a degree in the biological sciences.

         -The Fred Schuierer Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to an outstanding student selected by the department.

        -The Floyd Younger Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to an outstanding full-time biology student in the process of transferring to a 4-year

institution in the fall.

       -The Don Medina Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to an outstanding marine sciences oriented student. Must be enrolled at Cabrillo or a 4-year institution the following fall.

      -The Beth Blanchette Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to an outstanding Life Sciences student. Acceptance or application in-progress to a 4-year institution in the fall is required.

Time Line

     This application is due in March. Notifications as to the results of the committees’ selections

will be sent via e-mail in late March by the Biology Department by Carol Hoffman, After that, the forms pass into the hands of the Cabrillo College

Financial Aid Office that will again notify you at the end of June . The money

awarded comes from the Financial Aid Office and will be available toward the end of August.

They will distribute the funds via your Higher One Card. Any questions regarding this money

should be done directly to the Financial Aid Office by calling them at 479-6415.