Spring 2023 Department of Biology Scholarships

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2023 Biology Scholarships

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Biology Scholarships 2023

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 - $2000 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.


o Pursuing a Biology related degree requiring courses from this department

o Completed one course from the Biology Department (Bio101 excluded) plus enrolled in a second course or already completed a second course. Courses must be within the last two years

o Not a previous Biology Scholarship recipient

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 NO LATER THAN FRIDAY MARCH 10TH, 2023, 11:59 pm on Google forms. No late submittals.

o Completed Application Form.

o Personal statement not to exceed 1000 words

o 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 process. NO PAPER SUBMISSIONS.

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 (Carol Hoffman from cahoffma@cabrillo.edu) or Yves Tan (yvtan@cabrillo.edu). After that, the forms pass into the hands of the Cabrillo College Financial Aid Office that will again notify you in May of your award (479-6415). The money awarded comes from the Financial Aid Office and will be available toward the end of August, once the Fall semester begins. They will distribute the funds via the BankMobile system. Any questions regarding this money should be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office via email at financial.aid@cabrillo.edu or by calling 831-479-6548 (Aptos Campus) or 831-786-4701 (Watsonville Center).

Student Statement of Educational and Professional Goals

Type a statement (maximum 1000 words) 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 Pool of 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 for some.

The Cornelia Ackley Memorial Scholarship:

Awarded to outstanding students pursuing a degree in the biological sciences.

The Beth Blanchette Memorial Scholarship:

Awarded to an outstanding Life Sciences student. Acceptance or application in-progress to a four-year institution in the fall is required.

Please click here for more details on the Beth Blanchette Memorial Scholarship.

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.

Cabrillo College Biology Scholarship:

Criteria set by Biology Department

The Fred Schuierer Memorial Scholarship:

Awarded to an outstanding student selected by the department.

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.