Biology majors may qualify for a number of scholarships offered on a competitive basis
by the Department of Biological Sciences, the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University, and external foundations and agencies. However, before applying students should carefully
examine the requirements for each scholarship or award of interest to make sure they
meet the qualifications.
The Department of Biological Sciences awards several monetary scholarships a year, on a competitive basis. The monetary value
of the scholarships varies from year to year. The specific requirements for each scholarship
are listed below. Calls for applications for scholarships appear in the fall term.
Calls for applications for Outstanding Student Awards appear in the spring term. Application
materials are available in the department office, located in Smith Hall, room 341.
James Moniodis Scholarship for a Returning Major
This scholarship is named for James Moniodis, a Biology major and member of the TU
Gymnastics Team. The scholarship was established by his friends and family following
his untimely death in a trampoline accident. Biology majors may apply for this award
in the fall of their junior year if they:
- Have completed at least 8 credit hours of 300 and 400-level elective Biology courses
- Have at least a 3.3 GPA in Biology coursework and an overall GPA of at least 3.0
- Have been actively involved in extra-curricular activities for which no academic credit
or remuneration was or is being received.
Biology Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by individuals who graduated previously from TU with a
Biology and now wish to provide support to current, outstanding Biology majors. Students
may apply for this award if they: Have a least a 3.5 GPA in all coursework; have been
active in departmental student organizations (e.g., Tri-Beta, Premedical and Predental
Student Organization, WIS club); have conducted research with faculty. Preference
is given to students who have completed 8-12 credit hours of 300 and 400-level elective
James Edward Ewig Memorial Scholarship for Academic Achievement by a Senior
This scholarship honors Dr. James Ewig who was a neuroendocrinologist and mammalian
physiologist trained at Penn State. He was a faculty member in Biology from 1971 until
unexpected death in 1990. This award is based on the student’s GPA (no minimum GPA
is required for application) and letters of recommendation from Biology faculty members.
Biology majors may apply for this award if they have completed a least 80 credit hours
of coursework at TU.
Lois D. Odell Scholarship for Outstanding Transfer Student
A native of New York state, Lois Odell joined the “Science Department” of the “Maryland
State Teacher’s College” (later to become Towson University) in 1947. She taught botany,
natural history, and science education, serving the university until her retirement
in 1981. Dr. Odell died in 2002. More than one award may be made depending on availability
of funds. Students who transferred to TU from a community college or other institution
may apply for this award if they: Took at least 55 but not more than 65 credit hours
of coursework from another two or four year institution before attending TU; have
a least a 3.2 GPA in all coursework. Preference is given to students who have completed
8-12 credit hours of 300 and 400-level elective Biology courses.
Betty Kennedy Dale Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded by the Biology Department Scholarship Committee to a highly
qualified student. Completion of the application for one of the previous scholarships
will qualify you for consideration.
Various scholarships are available from Towson University. For further information,
students should visit the TU Financial Aid Office (Enrollment Services Bldg, Room
339; 410-704-4236) or peruse their website.
The Fisher College also posts information about Scholarships, Awards and Financial Aid.
Compton Crook Award for Outstanding Junior Biology Major
Criteria: Junior Biology major (completed 56-89 credits at Towson, or one semester
for transfer students); 3.0 overall; 3.3 in Biology. Students should have distinguished
academic performance, research, and/or service.
Lois D. Odell Award for Outstanding Senior Biology Major
Criteria: Senior Biology major (completed > 89 credits at Towson; 3.0 overall; 3.3
GPA in Biology. Students should have distinguished academic performance, research
Carl Henrikson Memorial Award for Academic Achievement by a Junior
Criteria: Biology major; academic achievement based on GPA and faculty letters of
recommendation. Minimum 60 credits at Towson.
John David Horst Memorial Awards for Best Undergraduate Research Project
Criteria: 1) a letter of nomination detailing your reasons for nominating the student
including a description of the student’s and your contribution to the project, the
projects contribution to the field, and the students efforts to disseminate results
(i.e., presentations and publications); 2) copies of grant proposals and meeting abstracts
authored by the student with details of where the proposals and abstracts were submitted;
3) reprints of any peer reviewed papers resulting from the work. Award winners will
receive a plaque and their cash prize at the Annual College Honors Convocation.