Molecular Structure ExperimentLander students are eligible to apply for academic scholarships, work-study jobs and loans through the Office of Financial Aid. The Department of Physical Sciences also offers several scholarships, including scholarships for freshmen and transfer students.

Departmental scholarships are made available to students majoring in chemistry or environmental science 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

Incoming freshmen must fill out the science scholarship application in order to be considered for a scholarship. Only one application is required to be considered for all scholarships.

Continuing Lander students do not need to fill out a scholarship application. Awards for continuing students are based solely on Lander GPA. A minimum GPA at Lander of 3.25 is required for consideration.

Eligibility Requirements for Incoming Freshmen 

In order to apply for a Department of Physical Sciences scholarship, a high school student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be majoring in: Chemistry (including pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine or any other pre-professional emphasis), Chemistry/Engineering Dual Degree or Environmental Science.
  • Meet the minimum SAT (ACT) requirement for each scholarship as listed or a minimum SAT of 1000 (ACT of 21) if no requirements are given for a particular scholarship.
  • Submit a completed application for admission to Lander University with a major declared in the area required by the scholarship(s) and be accepted to the University.

Other criteria used in awarding the scholarships outlined below may include county of residence. Please read the detailed descriptions of the various scholarships.

All applicants should complete the application form and submit it to his/her guidance counselor for a recommendation and evaluation. The Physical Sciences Scholarship application is available online at Application for Science Scholarships or by emailing Tammie Mallory to have an application sent to you. The completed application should be sent to the following address:

Dr. Ralph C. Layland
Chair, Department of Physical Sciences
320 Stanley Avenue
Lander University
Greenwood, SC 29649

Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Physical Sciences for awards.

Deadlines and Dates of Awards
All applications and supporting documents must be received by the Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences by March 15th. Scholarships will be awarded around April 15th. Applications will be accepted after March 15th, but preference will be given to the applications received before the deadline.

Chemistry Scholarships Include:

  • Helen Rodgers Baker Chemistry Scholarship – Established in 1987 by Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Baker (Helen Rodgers Baker, Class of 1940). Scholarships, from fund income, will be awarded annually to at least one chemistry major at Lander University who resides in one of the following counties: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry or Saluda, and who is capable of pursuing and acquiring a degree in the area of chemistry.
  • Barbara Brown Ullman Scholarship - Established in honor of Dr. Barbara Brown Ullman, a Columbia dermatologist, by Professor emeritus, Dr. Larry Joe Cook, and his wife Mary Jo H. Cook, former Vice President for Business and Administration at Lander. Scholarship recipient will be selected by science faculty and awarded to a student enrolled in the pre-medicine program.
  • Monsanto Scholars Program – Established in 1989 by The Monsanto Fund. Scholarships will be awarded annually to students majoring in an area leading to a degree in chemistry. This includes chemistry and dual-degree chemistry/chemical engineering majors (chemical engineering degree completed at Clemson University). Selection is based on merit and the amount of the award varies according to availability of funds and financial need. Applicants must have a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (ACT of 21).
  • Floyd N. Dixon Scholarship - The Floyd N. Dixon Scholarship was established in September, 2008 by Bill and Marla Dixon as a tribute to the late Floyd N. Dixon, Bill's uncle with whom he shared a special relationship. The scholarship is an annual award from fund income to a full-time Lander student majoring in chemistry or biology with preference given to pre-pharmacy. Scholarship is renewable provided recipient remains a full-time student and maintains a 2.75 GPR.
  • Harrison Twin Scholarships – Honoring medical researchers Dr. Stanley Prusiner and Dr. John Ledbetter. Scholarships, from fund income, are awarded each year to upper-division chemistry majors.

Environmental Science Scholarships Include:

  • Martha Covington King Scholarship – The Martha Covington King Scholarships were established in 1998 in memory of Martha Covington King, a Lander alumna who graduated in 1936. The King scholarships provide four years of financial assistance to entering freshmen majoring in Environmental Science at Lander University. Awards are made on the basis of merit. For consideration, applicants should be rising high school seniors with a minimum SAT score of 1000 (ACT of 21). Preference will be given to students in the college preparatory or advanced placement programs. Applications are reviewed by the Environmental Science Steering Committee and the trustees of the King estate. The award is renewable for up to three years provided the recipient maintains a GPA of at least 3.0 and is an Environmental Science major making satisfactory progress toward the degree.
  • Angelle Adams Scholarship - Established in 1998 by The Lotus Garden Club of Greenwood in honor of Angelle P. Adams and endowed in 2002 by her son L.B. “B” Adams and his wife Peggy. Scholarship to be awarded annually to a student majoring in Environmental Science. Scholarship is renewable provided recipient maintains at least a 3.0 GPR.
  • Cooper Power Systems Environmental Science Scholarship – Established in 1999 by Cooper Power Systems in Greenwood with proceeds won through the 1999 Cooper Environmental Excellence Awards Program. To be awarded annually to student(s) majoring in environmental science. Scholarship is renewable for up to three years provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Other Departmental Scholarships Include:

  • Fuji Scholarship – Established in 1992 by Fuji Photo Film, Inc. Awarded each year to an entering freshman. Recipients must be graduates of a public or private high school in Greenwood County. Recipients who are majoring in the sciences or an engineering-related field must be given preference; if no such student exists, the recipient can be a major in any field. Selection will be made by the University primarily on the basis of academic ability, but financial need will also be considered. The scholarship is initially awarded to a freshman and will be renewable for up to three years provided the recipient maintains a GPA of at least 3.0 and remains a science major. Applicants must have a minimum of 1100 on the SAT (ACT of 24).
  • 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 provided the recipient maintains full-time status with a 3.0 GPA.
  • Alumni Association Departmental Scholarship – The Lander University Alumni Association provides a $500 scholarship each year for a student with academic ability and financial need. The scholarship is renewable for up to three years.
  • Eaton Physical Science Scholarship - Established and endowed in 2003 by a gift from Eaton Corporation. Scholarship to be awarded annually to a Science major based on merit. Scholarship is renewable for up to three years provided the recipient maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • 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.