Department Scholarships

The Department of Biological Sciences has a number of small ($200 to $1000) single-year scholarships available to matriculated students. For more information, contact the department office at (408) 924-4900 or email: The SJSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office can be found at

Biodiversity Center Scholarships

Biodiversity Center Scholarships The Biodiversity Center also has several scholarships for research and field experiences in biodiversity conservation. The Michael Lee Scholarship for Biodiversity Conservation application and recommendation form are now available from the following links and are due March 16, 2012.

President's Scholars

The is a new scholarship program targeting outstanding high school students. There are currently up to five of these scholarships awarded annually. One of these scholarships, The Laurie and Betty Davison President's Scholars in the Life Sciences, is designated for students who wish to major in biology or biochemistry. Students selected for the program receive payment for tuition, fees, books. For each, a member of the SJSU faculty serves as mentor. After the first year, president's scholars can renew their scholarship for up to three additional years as long as they remain enrolled full-time and maintain a specified grade point average. Students eligible for president's scholar awards include national merit scholars, national merit finalists, and high school valedictorians. Additional scholarships may be available for students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential or creative talent.

Freshman may apply for the Davison President's Scholars endowment with the following qualification:

  • eligibility from high school should have a cumulative 3.75 gpa,
  • leadership and service in their high schools
  • high ranking in high school
  • It is the intent of the fund to award a 4-year scholarship if gpa and other requirements stated below are maintained in a Life Sciences major
  • demonstrated need
All scholar students who have been accepted as a Davison scholar may apply each year for follow-on funding must
  • be a Life sciences (declared majors of biological sciences)
  • enrolled at least half time
  • minimum of 3.0 overall gpa.
  • demonstrate financial need

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