Botany Scholarships

Nancy J Clark Memorial Botany Scholarship

Nancy J. Clark graduated summa cum laude from Weber State University where she earned a B.S. in Botany and a M.S. in Science Education. For almost 20 years she taught Advanced Placement Biology and Environmental Education and was the MESA adviser at Northridge High School. She was honored on numerous occasions for her excellence in teaching and for her tireless work to provide scholarships and research opportunities for minority students. Nancy was also adjunct faculty in the Botany Department at WSU. With her husband, Dr. Stephen Clark, she made more than a dozen trips on five continents to live with and learn from indigenous people, returning home after each trip to argue for the rights of indigenous people, promote the cause of conservation and teach students a new environmental ethic.
Nancy was an accomplished nature artist and author finishing, just prior to her untimely death, a comprehensive study on Utah Pioneer Medicine. She passed away at the age of 58 in July 2009 after a courageous battle with melanoma. Nancy will not be forgotten as her memory still lives in the hearts and minds of all those whose life she touched forever.

McKell Scholarship in Botany

Dr. Cyrus M. McKell was Dean of the College of Science from 1988--1994. Dr. and Mrs. McKell felt a great affinity for WSU and after Dr. McKell’s retirement, they established the McKell Botany Scholarship Endowment. Tragically, Dr. McKell was killed in an automobile-pedestrian accident in May 2009. During his time as dean, Dr. McKell was instrumental in strengthening the research activities of the faculty, while at the same time maintaining the student-centered focus on teaching and learning. This effort led the way for strong undergraduate research activities.

Botany Club Scholarship

Students in the Botany Club have taken a special interest in providing a scholarship each year. A botany plant sale is held each spring with proceeds used to provide a half-tuition scholarship for a botany major and also resupply the greenhouse with pots, soil and fertilizers. This Botany Club experience has become an effective tool in giving students hands-on experience in total greenhouse management and learning the rewards of providing a scholarship for one of their peers.