Scholarships & Awards

For more information on these scholarships, contact Dr. Linda Potts at pottsl@uncw.edu. Scholarships and awards are determined at the end of the spring semester for the upcoming academic year. Students must have established a grade point average with UNCW.

Please read each scholarship's specific requirements to see if you qualify before applying.  Only one application is required.  Please list all scholarships you are applying for on one application.

UNCW Alumni Association Scholarships

Please visit the Alumni Association Scholarships website for details and information on the application process.

Undergraduate Research Fellowship Competition

$1000 tuition waiver

Applicants must be a rising junior or senior, and have completed at least one semester at UNCW, and have a proposed research project that would be completed by the end of the school year. Each student must have a faculty sponsor who will serve as an advisor. Course credit for the project may be arranged as a Directed Individual Study or Honors Program. If no credit is obtained the final product of the project should be submitted to the Research Committee Chair.

Information Packets and application forms may be obtained by clicking here.

Department of Biology and Marine Biology Merit Scholarship

The Department of Biology and Marine Biology Merit Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing merit in the area of Biology or Marine Biology at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of: merit, academic ability and special achievement.

The scholarship is to be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student showing an interest in or seeking a biology or marine biology major at UNCW.

 Award Amount:  ~$500 in prior years

The Jay Hensley Endowed Scholarship

The Jay Hensley Endowed Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing academic merit in the area of marine science at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of: academic achievement and achievement in marine science activities beyond the classroom (research, employment, etc.).

The scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time junior or senior majoring in marine science. Applicants graduating from a high school in New Hanover, Pender, Columbus, Brunswick, or Horry Counties will be given preference.

Previous Award:  ~$1000 in prior years

Franklin H. Allen Scholarship

The Franklin H. Allen Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing merit in the area of Biology or Clinical Laboratory Sciences at UNCW.

The scholarship is to be awarded to a rising senior (89-105 hours) majoring in Biology or Clinical Laboratory Sciences at UNCW on the basis of GPA and other evidence of achievement.

Previous Award:  ~$1000 in prior years

The Charles and Kay Bolles Marine Biology Scholarship

The Charles and Kay Bolles Marine Biology Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing merit in the area of marine biology at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of: merit and financial need.

The scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student seeking a marine biology major at UNCW.

Previous Award:  ~$1500 in previous years

Cape Fear Garden Club

The Cape Fear Garden Club Fund is established for the purpose of recognizing merit in the area of biological sciences at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of:  GPA, and a continued interest in Botany.

The fund is to be awarded to a rising junior majoring in Biology with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. The student must have successfully completed 4 semester hours in Plant Biology and be willing to contribute to the operations of the Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve.

Previous Award: ~$1000 in previous years

Benjamin R. and Edith B. Graham Scholarship

The Benjamin R. & Edith B. Graham Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing and encouraging academic excellence among UNCW students.

The final selection is made on the basis of: academic achievement and financial need.

The scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate student in the marine biology program or in the Watson College of Education that has graduated from an accredited high school in Southeastern NC (Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Sampson Counties).  The student should demonstrate character and leadership potential. 

Note:  This award is not guaranteed to be awarded this year

The John Colucci Jr. Memorial Scholarship

The John Colucci Jr. Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing merit in the area of marine biology at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of: merit and financial need.

The scholarship is to be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student seeking a marine biology major at UNCW.

Previous Award:  ~ $3500 in previous years

The David G. Lindquist Scholarship in Biology

The Lindquist Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing merit in the area of Marine Biology or Biology at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of:  demonstrated academic ability.

The scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student seeking a marine biology or biology major at UNCW.

Previous Award:  ~ $500 in previous years

The Frances Peter Fensel Memorial Scholarship

The Frances Peter Fensel Memorial Fellowship is established for the purpose of recognizing merit in the area of marine biology at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of merit and experience.

The scholarship is to be awarded to a graduate student seeking a marine biology major at UNCW.

Previous Award:  ~$3500 in previous years

The Preyer Family Scholarship

The Preyer Family Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing merit in the area of marine biology at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of: merit and demonstrated academic ability.

The scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate student seeking a Marine Biology major at UNCW.

Previous Award:  ~$1000 in previous years

The Erin Valentine Scholarship

The Erin Valentine Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing merit in the area of marine biology at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of: demonstrated academic ability.

The scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate student seeking a marine biology major at UNCW.

Previous Awards: ~$500 in previous years
Note: This award is not guaranteed to be awarded this year.

The North Carolina Shell Club Scholarship in Malacology

The scholarship will be used to assist students in conducting research or pursuing a degree in a discipline related to Malacology, the study and conservation of mollusks.

The final selection is based on demonstrated academic ability and special achievement and an interest in pursuing a degree in a malacology-related discipline.  Financial need is a secondary factor.

The scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student at UNCW.

Previous Awards: ~$500 in prior years

The Ellen G. Wilson Scholarship in Marine Biology

The Ellen G. Wilson Scholarship is established for the purpose of recognizing merit and need in the area of marine biology at UNCW.

The final selection is made on the basis of:merit and financial need. Student must have a 3.0 overall GPA.

The scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student seeking a degree in marine biology at UNCW.

Previous Award:  ~$500 in prior years


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