Division of Mathematics & Sciences

University Scholarships

Delta State University offers several types of scholarships as a way to recognize students who have achieved academic excellence. We offer a variety of competitive scholarships including: ACT, National Merit finalist and semi-finalist, Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Phi Theta Kappa, and privately funded awards. Students of all majors are eligible for these university scholarships. More information and application forms are available from the Office of Admissions.

In addition to general university scholarships, a number of scholarships are offered specifically to students who are pursuing a degree offered through the Division of Mathematics & Sciences. Division scholarships are designated for science majors, and some have specific additional requirements. For example, some are only for specific majors or pre-health professions students. These requirements are explained below. Most of these scholarships are offered every year, but some are not. The dollar value is each award also varies somewhat from year to year.

To apply for any division scholarship, download and print the scholarship application form, complete it, and return it to The Division of Mathematics & Sciences, DSU Box C4, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS 38733. In general, you need only submit one application to be considered for any scholarship that you may be eligible for, however special application procedures may apply to some scholarships. Applications must be submitted by the designated deadline (usually in March) to be considered for the upcoming fall semester. Contact the Division office to learn the current application deadline and for any additional information.

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Funds for science scholarships are provided by the generosity of former DSU science graduates, faculty, and other friends of the Delta State sciences. Once awarded, students will continue to receive the scholarship in subsequent years, as long as they continue to maintain the specified qualifications. Award amounts may vary slightly from year to year.

Scholarships for Pre-Health Programs

Pre-Medical Scholarships and Awards

ROBERT L. ELLIOTT, M.D. AND MARY C. ELLIOTT, M.D. SCHOLARSHIP

Established by Dr. Robert L. Elliott and Dr. Mary C. Elliott in 1992. The nominee must be an outstanding full time student, currently enrolled at Delta State University, majoring in biology or chemistry, be of good character, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Nominees must be recommended to the Elliott Committee by a biological or chemistry faculty member. Recipients, known as “Elliott Scholars”, shall receive a supplementary scholarship in an amount necessary to assure full coverage of tuition, fees, room and board, and a book allowance. This scholarship is renewable by recommendation of the Elliott Committee.

FERRETTI-KARNSTEDT PREMEDICAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2004 by Mr. and Mrs. John Feretti. The recipient will be a full-time pre-medical science major who displays excellent academic potential.

R.T. AND KATHRYN M. HOLLINGSWORTH SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior pre-medical student enrolled at Delta State University. The recipient will be selected based on the academic excellence. Preference is given to students who reside in the North Bolivar County School District.

THELMA BLOUNT WELLS PRE-MEDICAL SCHOLARSHIP

Established in memory of Thelma Blount Wells, a Cleveland resident and registered nurse, this scholarships supports a female pre-medical student.

Pre-Dental Scholarships and Awards

DISTRICT II DENTAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

This $500 scholarship was established by the District II Dental Society of Mississippi. The scholarship is awarded annually to a senior pre-dental student who has an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher and is a resident of Mississippi; however, preference is given to candidates who reside in District II. Also, financial need is a consideration in the selecting of the recipient. The Pre-Professional Committee at Delta State University and a representative of the District II Dental Society will serve as the selection committee for picking the recipient.

GREG THARP PRE-DENTAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was made possible by a gift from Dr. Greg Tharp in support of pre-dentistry students at Delta State.  It is awarded to a full-time pre-dentistry student in good academic standing.

R.W. JOHNSON DENTAL SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to an outstanding graduating pre-dental major who has been accepted to dental school. The scholarship is donated by the Johnson Dental Clinic in memory of Robert Wray Johnson, D.D.S.

Pre-Pharmacy Scholarships and Awards

CARLA D. EVANS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2013 in memory of Carla D. Evans. It is awarded to a current pre-pharmacy student in the latter stage of the pre-pharmacy program who has demonstrated high academic achievement and has demonstrated a strong interest in attending pharmacy school.

Scholarships for Science Majors

Science Scholarships and Awards

THE BEN BRANCH MEMORIAL CHEMISTRY AWARD

The Ben Branch Memorial Chemistry Scholarship is awarded to a student who excels in organic chemistry and is an outstanding student in academic achievement, work ethic, attitude and a general willingness to help fellow classmates.  The Scholarship was established by Dr. Frank and Mrs. Dixie Branch in memory of their son and may be up to $250/year.

JESSE WHITE SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 1979 by alumni and friends in honor of Dr. Jesse White who served on the Delta State faculty as Professor of Biology. This is an endowment fund, the interest of which is available for an annual scholarship or stipend for advanced study. The recipient is to be a current DSU science major and is selected on the basis of scholarship, character, and need.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

This endowed scholarship was established in 2017 to recognize a student majoring in Environmental Science. Multiple scholarships may be awarded in a single year.

MELVIN F. COHEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 1988 as a memorial tribute to Melvin F. Cohen, a 1950 graduate of Delta State University. This scholarship endowment was established by his sister, Louise Cohen Chiz of Shaw, Mississippi, and her three children. It is awarded to outstanding biology majors.

MELBOURNE MILLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Melbourne Miller, a former professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. The recipient will be a full-time sophomore biology education major in good academic standing.

I. DEAN SPRADLING SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2001 by I. Dean Spradling, a science alumnus of Delta State. This renewable scholarship is funded through the Endowment for the Sciences which was established through Mr. Spradling’s initiative. The recipient must be a natural science major and is selected based on need, initiative, character, and scholarship.

JAMES ANTHONY SCARBOROUGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Tony Scarborough was a Professor of Physics at Delta State University from 1969 until his retirement in 2001.  This scholarship was funded in his memory in 2016 with a $10,000 gift from his daughter, Shelley S. Tibbs.

The scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a BS in Chemistry with either a specific interest in physics or exceptional academic achievement in physics. Recipients must also have at least a 3.0 GPA in high school, meet all University scholarship guidelines, and uphold the guiding principles and core values of Delta State University.

THE CHEMISTRY AWARD

A Handbook of Chemistry and Physics presented to the outstanding student in a General Chemistry course, award donated by the Chemical Rubber Publishing Company.

MARY CAMILLE CARUNCHIO SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of Mary Camille Carunchio by her husband Donald J. Carunchio. Ms. Carunchio graduated with a BS in Biology from Delta State University in 1968. She went on to graduate from the St. Joseph School of Medical Technology in Memphis, TN in 1969. She passed away in 2014. The scholarship is awarded to a current upper-level biology student.

RICHARD LEE CAYLOR SCIENCE AWARD

Established in memory of the late Richard Lee Caylor, Ph.D., Head of the Division of Science, Delta State College. This is a cash award given to a student who has shown a sincere interest in the biological interfaces involving biochemistry and physics.

JOE GREEVER ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AWARD

Dr. Joe C. Greever, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Taught organic Chemistry in the Department of Physical Sciences at Delta State for 23 years.  A recipient of the Kossman Award, Dr. Greever was one of Delta State’s outstanding teacher.

Dr. Steven Clark initiated the award with a $5,000 gift to the foundation.  The award is based on a 3.5 GPA, a chemistry major, and one that shows promise in Organic Chemistry.  The student is selected by the Organic Chemistry instructor and is approved by the honors committee in the science department.

JOHNNY DREW OUZTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in memory of the former professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Delta State alumnus. Awarded to biology or environmental science majors who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and character, with a sincere interest in agricultural applications of biology.

W. WAYNE WALLEY PREMEDICAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2001 in recognition of Dr. Walley’s 20 years of service as Pre-health Advisor, Professor, and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. The recipient will be a full-time premedical biology major, will display good character, and will project excellent academic potential. This scholarship is supported by an endowment initiated by departmental alumni who completed medical degrees at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

JAMES SOUTHWORTH STEEN SCIENCE AWARD

This award goes to a graduate student in the Masters of Science in Natural Science program who demonstrates superior academic achievement and research skills in advance science courses.

Scholarships for Mathematics Majors

Mathematics Scholarships and Awards

Eleanor Walters Mathematics Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1979 by alumni and friends in honor of Dr. Eleanor Boyd Walters who served Delta State as Chair of the Mathematics Department and Professor of Mathematics.  This is an endowment fund, the interest of which is available for an annual scholarship.  The recipient is to be a student majoring in mathematics education and is selected by the Department of Mathematics on the basis of scholarship, character, and need.  Contact the Department of Mathematics.

Ray and Jo Wilson Endowed Scholarship

The Ray and Jo Wilson Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Mr. Ray Wilson and his wife, Jo.  This endowed scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in mathematics at Delta State University.  The recipient must be in good academic standing.  For more information, contact the Department of Mathematics.

Wilson and Eloise Davis Mathematics Scholarship

The scholarships are given from an endowment established by Dr. Wilson Davis and his wife, Eloise.  The recipients must have graduated from public high schools in Mississippi and be in the top 10% of their graduating classes or possess a 3.0 on a 4.0 academic grading system.  Also, the recipients must be majoring in mathematics and must demonstrate a need for scholarship aid.  The scholarships are renewable each year.  All applicants should apply through the Scholarship Committee in the Department of Mathematics.

William D. Conner Endowed Scholarship

The William D. Conner Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students majoring in mathematics or computer science (College of Arts and Sciences) enrolled at Delta State University.  The recipients will be selected based on demonstration of the greatest financial need with the highest grade point average.  For more information, contact the Department of Mathematics.

External Scholarships

Several scientific organizations and other groups offer scholarships for science students. We will post information on these here as we learn about them. For more information about these, check with your academic advisor or ask in the Department office.