Scholarships for Entomology

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Individuals majoring in entomology obviously have a passion for insects, and research conducted in the field has surprising implications. The science leads to discoveries relating to insects that are helpful to humans, and those that are harmful to humans and livestock. Entomology graduates may find employment in such areas as the food production industry, crop consulting, the military, health management, or working for public-sector agencies like the Department of Health or Natural Resources.

In order to assist entomology students struggling to pay for higher education, industry groups and other sources put-forth scholarships and grants.  Some funding applies to general scientific pursuits, while other efforts are dialed-in more precisely, to individual disciplines like entomology.

These examples are typical of general assistance, and campus-specific financial aid programs aimed at scientific education:

The Izaak Walton League of Americaentomology scholarships

Undergraduate students (juniors or seniors) hailing from anywhere in the United States, and majoring in entomology, are eligible to apply for scholarship funding from the Izaak Walton League of America. Up to two-$2,500 scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarships may be applied toward higher education expenses like tuition, room and board, or books.  Other majors also qualify for the funding, which is intended to foster responsible leadership and conservation.

The Entomological Foundation of America

The Stanley Beck Fellowship is offered by the Entomological Foundation of America, to undergraduate and graduate students in the United States, Canada, and Mexico who are pursuing educational credentials in the field. It is geared specifically toward students who are undertaking studies in entomology, despite: physical limitations, lack of financial means, environmental circumstances, or being a member of an under-represented minority group. The amount of funding provided varies from year to year.

BioQuip Products offers an undergraduate scholarship each year. The purpose of the scholarship is to increase awareness and enrollment in entomology programs, at the college level.  Scholarships are valued at $2000 each.

Georgia Entomological Society

Graduate students who are members of the Georgia Entomological Society, and majoring in related programs at  U.S. colleges or universities, are invited to apply for one of the $500.00 scholarships offered annually. Applicants are asked to submit two letters of recommendation (one from the institution they are attending, and one from a GES member who is a professional entomologist), proof of graduate school status, and a curriculum vitae.

University of Maryland, Department of Entomology

Etomology undergraduates are invited to apply for the University of Maryland Cory Scholarship. Each semester, two students receive tuition credits valued at up to $1,000 each.  The awards are designed to recognize the accomplishments of seniors, whose contributions also lead to internship opportunities managed by the department.

University of Arkansas, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences

Several Department Scholarships are offered to entomology majors at the Dale Bumpers College. The school boasts 13 academic majors, and more than twenty minors, which cover related specialties. The amount of funding offered varies for each scholarship, as do the eligibility requirements.

University of Florida

University of Florida Entomology Department offers two full-tuition scholarships earmarked for students completing their last 60 hours of an undergraduate degree program related to entomology. In order to be considered for this source of funding, applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.3 and maintain eligibility requirements while receiving funds..

In addition to a completed application form, qualified candidates are asked to submit official transcripts and two letters of recommendation from college professors.

Purdue University, Department of Entomology

The Department of Entomology offers 15-20 annual scholarships for freshman, continuing and transfer students. The criteria used for selecting recipients varies depending on the award; however, the minimum GPA required is always 2.5. In addition, each applicant’s character and level of financial need are taken into account when determining scholarship winners. The amounts awarded range from $500.00-$2,000.00, for each participant.