Departments of Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences
Scholarships

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.

Scholarships for science majors

In addition to general university scholarships, a number of scholarships are offered specifically to students who are pursing a degree offered through the Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Physical Sciences. Departmental 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 Departmental scholarship, download and print the scholarship application form, complete it, and return it to The Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Physical Sciences, Box 3262, 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 Department 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.

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 by his Dr. Cohen’s sister, Louise Cohen Chiz of Shaw, Mississippi, and her three children.

Qualifications: Awarded to an outstanding biology major who demonstrates excellence in scholarship (3.0 GPA or higher).

Dr. Robert L. Elliott and Dr. Mary C. Elliott Scholarship

Established by Dr. Robert L. Elliott and Dr. Mary C. Elliott in 1992 to as one component of their “Excellence in Science” program. Recipients, known as “Elliott Scholars”, receive a supplementary scholarship in an amount necessary to assure full coverage of tuition, fees, room and board, and a book allowance.

Qualifications: Awarded to a full time biology or chemistry major with good character and GPA of 3.5 or higher. Nominees must be recommended to the Elliott Committee by a biological or physical science faculty member. There is a special application procedure for this scholarship. Contact the Department office for details.

Ferretti-Karnstedt Premedical Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2004 by Mr. and Mrs. John Feretti, and is designated for pre-medical students majoring in the sciences.

Qualifications: Awarded to full-time premedical majors in the Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Physical Sciences who displays excellent academic potential (GPA 3.0 or higher).

Dr. R.T. and Kathryn M. Hollingsworth Scholarship

Dr. R.T. and Kathryn M. Hollingsworth established this scholarship to support pre-medical students.

Qualifications: Awarded to a junior or senior pre-medical student from the North Bolivar County School district who demonstrates excellence in scholarship (3.0 GPA or higher). North Bolivar School district includes Shelby, Duncan, Alligator, Hushpuckena. If no students from that district meet the requirements, the award will be presented to another qualifying student.

Melbourne Miller Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Melbourne Miller, a former professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Qualifications: Awarded to a full-time biology education major in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher).

Johnny Drew Ouzts Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Johnny Drew Ouzts, former professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Delta State alumnus.

Qualifications: Awarded to a biology or environmental science major demonstrating excellence in character and scholarship (GPA 3.0 or above) with a sincere interest in agricultural applications of biology.

I. Dean Spradling Science Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2001 by I. Dean Spradling, a science alumnus of Delta State, and is supported through the Excellence in Science Fund which was initiated by Mr. Spradling.

Qualifications: Awarded to a science major on the basis of need, initiative, character, and scholarship (3.0 GPA or higher).

W. Wayne Walley Premedical Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2001 by DSU science alumni who completed medical degrees at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It was established in recognition of Dr. Walley’s 20 years of service as Pre-health Advisor, Professor, and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Qualifications: Awarded to a full-time premedical biology major who displays good character, and excellent academic potential (ACT of 29 or higher or GPA of 3.6 or higher).

Thelma Blount Wells Pre-Medical Scholarship

Established in memory of Thelma Blount Wells, a Cleveland resident and registered nurse, to support female pre-medical students.

Qualifications: Awarded to female pre-medical students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher).

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 and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. This scholarship may be used as an annual scholarship or stipend for advanced study.

Qualifications: Awarded to a current science major on the basis of scholarship, character, and need.

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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.



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Departments of Biological and Physical Sciences
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