Biology Scholarships and Awards

The Biology Scholarship

The Biology Scholarship was established in 2019 and is intended to identify promising Biology students with financial concerns or need that might be impacting their pursuit of a Biology major. Weight might also be given to students from underrepresented groups in STEM, or first-generation college students. Scholarship funds will be used to offset a portion of UNC Asheville tuition and will be routed through the Office of Financial Aid. To be eligible students must: 1) be a full-time (declared) Biology Major, 2) have North Carolina residency, and 3) have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Generally, one scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 per academic year, although additional awards might be made with additional funding. Applications are requested in the Fall and are reviewed based on both financial need and academic merit. Awards are made in the early Spring.

The Carolyn White Spragins Scholarship

Established in 2001 by members of the French Broad River Garden Club (FBRGC) joined with Stewart V. Spragins and other friends and family of Carolyn White Spragins to establish a scholarship in her memory. This scholarship is awarded by the Department of Biology to a student in their junior year, majoring in Biology with a special interest in botany. Recipients of this scholarship are to attend and present to the FBRGC about their research/interests in botany.

The Bernhardt Perry Award for Undergraduate Research

Established in 2002, this endowed award honors the retirement of Mr. John C. Bernhardt and Dr. James C. Perry from the Department of Biology of the University of North Carolina Asheville.  This award is given annually to one or more graduating senior Biology Majors who exhibited outstanding performance both academically and in undergraduate research capacities.

The Harry Johnston Biology Award

Established in 1984 by friends, faculty, alumni and currents students, this endowed award memorializes former Biology Professor Harry Henry Johnston. This award is given annually to one or more exceptional graduating Biology student(s).

The Jean A. & John C. Bernhardt, Sr. Scholarship

Established in 1982 by John Bernhardt in honor of Jean and John Bernhardt Sr., this endowed scholarship is awarded to academically gifted incoming students intending to major in Health and/or Biology programs with every effort to select students that would also help broaden diversity at UNC Asheville. Recipients are chosen by the Office of Financial Aid.

Distinction in Biology

Graduating Biology students are eligible for Distinction in Biology in recognition of exceptional academic performance in the major. Guidelines for students receiving Departmental Distinctions are set by the University Honors and Degree Programs Committee.

Other Awards and Recognition

Biology Students are also eligible for awards and recognition through the UNC Asheville Honor’s Program or the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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