Scholarships

Animal BiologyLander students are eligible to apply for academic scholarships, work-study jobs and loans through the Office of Financial Aid. The Department of Biology also offers several scholarships, including scholarships for freshmen and transfer students.

Departmental scholarships are made available to students majoring in biology through the gifts and generosity of faculty, staff and friends of Lander University.

For general university or state scholarship information visit Lander's Office of Financial Aid. Note: Some scholarships are renewable and may not be available on an annual basis.

Application Process

Eligibility Requirements:
In order to apply for a biology scholarship, a high school student must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1100 or ACT score of 24.
  • Be admitted to Lander University with a declared major in biology.
  • Note: Other criteria may apply. Please see the individual scholarship descriptions.
Application:

All applicants should complete the Biology Scholarship Application and submit it to his/her guidance counselor for a recommendation and evaluation. To have the Biology Scholarship Application sent to you, contact Jamie C. Anderson at janderson@lander.edu. Send completed applications to the following address:

Dr. Kerry Hansknecht
Department of Biology Scholarships Coordinator
Lander University
CPO Box 6030
320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29649
khansknecht@lander.edu

Application Deadline:

  • In order to receive full consideration, applications and supporting documents must be received (postmarks cannot be honored) by March 1.
  • Late applications may be considered, however priority will be given to those applications received prior to the March 1 deadline.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Biology and awards will be announced by early April.

Scholarships for Freshmen Include:

  • Alumni Association Scholarship – The Lander University Alumni Association provides a $500 scholarship each year for a biology major with academic ability and financial need. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the recipient remains a Biology major with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Jo Marie Bryan Scholarship – Established by friends and family in memory of Jo Marie Bryan, Class of 1987. Awarded to an entering freshman majoring in biology. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the recipient remains a biology major with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Nell Henry Scholarship – Established in honor of Professor Nell Q. Henry by Mrs. Harmon W. Caldwell (M. Gwendolyn Burton), class of 1938. Awarded to an entering freshman majoring in biology. Selection is based on high school academic achievement. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the recipient remains a biology major with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Shelton E. Stewart Scholarship – Established in 1995 by Dr. Mary Francis Lide, professor emeritus, in honor of Dr. Shelton E. Stewart, retired biology professor. Awarded annually to incoming freshman planning to major in biology. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the recipient remains a biology major with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • James Thomas "Tommy" Tollison Scholarship – Established in 2001 in memory of James Thomas "Tommy" Tollison, a Biology graduate, Class of 1979. Applicants for the scholarship must make a minimum of 1100 on the SAT (ACT of 24). Preference will be given to applicants who will major in biology with an emphasis in genetics. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the recipient remains a biology major with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Vereen Scholarship – Established in 1997 by Dr. Larry E. Vereen, Professor of Biology. The scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman majoring in biology. This scholarship is non-renewable.
  • Amanda L. Wagoner Scholarship – Established by her family in honor of Amanda Wagoner, class of 2007. One scholarship is awarded annually to a freshman biology major with an SAT of at least 1100. Preference is given to students pursuing a pre-veterinary medicine curriculum. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the recipient remains a biology major with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • The Jerry D. Wilson Scholarship for Excellence in Science – Established in 1995 by Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, faculty emeritus, and his wife, Sandy. A full tuition scholarship will be awarded to a student in either the Department of Biology, Department of Physical Sciences, or the Department of Mathematics and Computing. Selection is based on academic promise and financial need. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the recipient maintains full-time status with a 3.0 GPA with a major in one of the specified disciplines.

Scholarships for Continuing Students Include:

  • Lander Science Scholarship Award – Lander Science Scholar Awards are given each year to both freshmen and upper class students who are matriculating through one of the science majors. The faculty in the Department of Biology and the Department of Physical Sciences vote for the most promising students from a list of those enrolled in a degree-awarding science program who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their science courses, and a minimum GPA of 3.5 overall.