Biology Scholarships/Funds

Biology Scholarships/Funds

Beginning with the 2014-15 award year, the ECSU Foundation will make its resources, previously awarded as “Competitive Scholarships”, directly available to the Office of Financial Aid. Students are no longer required to fill in an application. Thank you.

Biology Fund

The Biology Fund was launched by Emeritus Biology Professor Barry Wulff and his wife Ella May in 1997 to support student-related projects in the department, including scholarships for Biology majors as well as student research, travel and programs, and has since been endowed.

Andrej Cavarkapa ’09 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This Scholarship was established in 2017 by the Cavarkapa family following Andrej’s death on January 31, 2017, and has received support from many people who knew and admired Andrej in his life and for his devotion to teaching. Andrej was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzcegovina in 1987, the son of Branko and Aleksandra Cavarkapa, and was four years old when his family moved to the U.S. He graduated from Eastern in 2009 with a B.A. in Biology and Biochemistry and received his master’s degree in Education here in 2012. Andrej always strived to help people and to make a difference in their lives, and this led him to become a Science teacher at RHAM HS. Andrej was passionate about his job and making physics and chemistry accessible to all students. He had many interests including art, winter sports and music. This scholarship will assist Biology majors with financial need, with a preference for RHAM graduates.

Alf E. Dyrland Memorial Scholarship

Celeste Prussia ’83 created this scholarship in memory of her late husband. Its aim is to preserve the quality of the environment and continue Mr. Dyrland’s goals and desires through present-day students. It is awarded to a biology major who has unmet financial need and is actively involved in a non-paid internship/practicum or research project directly related to the environment, either in a lab/field experience or the Tropical Biology course.

Michael F. Gable Biology Student Assistantships Fund

Established by Biology Professor Michael Gable upon his 2008 retirement from Eastern, this award is for biology and biochemistry majors who have served biology teaching assistantships and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Recipients are chosen by the Department of Biology in conjunction with Institutional Advancement.

Rosalie Vernon Memorial Scholarship

Sheridan Vernon established this endowed award in 1995 in memory of his mother, Rosalie Vernon. It is awarded annually to an Eastern biology major in good academic standing with unmet financial need. The recipient should have an interest in attending medical school.

Student Research Scholarship Fund

was recently launched by Dr. Marc R. Freeman ’93, a nationally recognized medical researcher and Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at the UMass Medical School, and his wife, Amy Sheehan ’93, with their substantial initial gift and multi-year pledge.  This fund will support Eastern students for research work or research internships in the sciences – including room and board, research materials and stipends.