Botany Scholarships

Students who major in Botany are eligible for University scholarships, College of Science scholarships, and Botany Department scholarships and activity tuition waivers. You must update your WSU scholarship file in order to be eligible for any scholarships. You can access your file through the eWeber portal. The deadline to update your file for 2017-2018 scholarships is January 9, 2017.

The deadline to apply for scholarships in the College of Science for 2017-2018 is January 27, 2017.

The deadline to apply for Botany Department scholarships and the activity tuition waiver for 2017-2018 is February 17, 2017.

Department Scholarships

The levels of funding for the scholarship awards depends on the funds available in the scholarship accounts. The application form for Botany Department scholarships is available in the Botany Department office (TY424) or you can download a PDF. The application must include:

  • A copy of your transcript. An unofficial copy is acceptable.
  • A letter addressed to the faculty of the Botany Department. Your letter should state why you qualify for this scholarship and how this scholarship will help you to achieve your education goals at Weber State University. Your letter should be 1-2 pages long. If you are applying for more than one of the Botany Department scholarships, you need only submit one letter, but be sure to address the qualifications of each scholarship.

Botany Faculty and Staff Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by donations by the faculty and staff of the Botany Department.  

Botany Club Scholarship 
This scholarship is funded from the proceeds of the annual Botany Club Plant Sale.  

Cyrus McKell Scholarship
This scholarship is funded from an endowment by Dr. Cyrus McKell.  Dr. McKell was a former dean of the College of Science and member of the Botany Department faculty. 

Minimum Requirements for all Scholarships:

The following criteria shall be used by the Botany Department faculty to determine scholarship recipients. The criteria are not necessarily rank ordered, nor should they be considered absolute, but they shall serve as guidelines for the selection process. For example, should no applicant meet the minimum criteria identified, the department may still choose to grant a scholarship to the most qualified.

• Must have updated your profile on the eWeber portal by January 9, 2017.

• Must be a full-time student (12-semester hrs. minimum) throughout the contract period.

• This application must include a copy of your transcript. (An unofficial copy is acceptable.)

• Must be a Botany major at the time of application.

• Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.

• Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Botany courses that count toward the Botany Major.

• Must have completed 12 semester hours of Botany courses that count toward the Botany Major. (If you will complete 12 semester hours by the end of the Spring semester in which you apply, you will qualify for the scholarship.)

• Must submit a one-page essay on how the scholarship will benefit you.


Department Activity Tuition Waivers

In addition to the scholarships listed above, the Botany Department has an activity tuition waiver to award to the Botany Club president. The activity tuition waiver provides a 1⁄2 tuition waiver. The waiver does not include student fees or other special fees assessed by the University. The activity tuition waiver is for two consecutive semesters, Fall and Spring; it may not be used for Summer semester. The following criteria shall be used by the Botany Department faculty and staff to determine activity tuition waiver recipients. The criteria are not necessarily rank ordered nor should they be considered absolute, but they serve as guidelines for the selection process. For example, should no applicant meet the minimum criteria identified, the department may still choose to grant a fellowship to the most qualified.

The application form for the Botany Department activity tuition waiver is available in the Botany Department office (TY424) or you can download a PDF.  The application must include:

A copy of your transcript. An unofficial copy is acceptable.

A letter addressed to the faculty of the Botany Department. Your letter should be a one-page explanation of how the Activity Tuition Waiver will benefit both you and the department as you fulfill your duties as club president. In applying for an Activity Tuition Waiver, you agree to meet the responsibilities of the Botany Club President.

Minimum Requirements for an Activity Tuition Waiver:

• Must have updated your profile on the eWeber portal by January 9, 2017.

• Must be a full-time student (12-semester hrs. minimum) throughout the contract period.

• This application must include a copy of your transcript. (An unofficial copy is acceptable.)

• Must be a Botany major at the time of application.

• Must have a minimum WSU GPA of 2.5.

• Must have a minimum major GPA of 2.5.

• Must have completed 12 semester hours of Botany courses that count toward the Botany Major. (If you will complete 12 semester hours by the end of the Spring semester in which you apply, you will qualify for the scholarship.)

• Must be an active member of the Botany Club.

• Must submit a one-page explanation of how the Activity Tuition Waiver will benefit both you and the department as you fulfill your duties as club president. In applying for an Activity Tuition Waiver, you agree to meet the responsibilities of the Botany Club President.

Responsibilities for the Botany Club President:

  1. As president of the Botany Club, you are to direct and organize the activities of the club, including:
    • Weekly meeting activities from guest-lectures to preparation for the annual plant sale.
    •  College of Science Area Council weekly meetings - representative
    • Botany’s participation in Science Emphasis Week, Freshman Week, Major Fest, Carnival of Clubs/Homecoming Week.
    • Activities and Service Projects:
      1. Annual River Cleanup
      2. Science Saturdays
      3. Community Garden Project
      4. Annual Photo Contest or T-Shirt Contest
      5. Earth Day
  2. Coordinating the annual Botany Club Plant Sale, the proceeds of which provide a scholarship to a qualifying Botany Major.