UW Marine Biology believes in supporting a diverse student body with a range of both merit and need-based scholarship opportunities. Fund your education in marine biology with the following sources of scholarships and financial aid.

College of the Environment Scholarships

  • Undergraduate students (including high school students applying to be freshmen) pursuing a Major in Marine Biology may be eligible for a variety of scholarships offered by the UW College of the Environment. Applications open annually in February, and all are based on academic merit and financial need. View full details on College of the Environment Scholarships. Scholarships include:
    • College of the Environment Scholarship: incoming and current undergraduates in all College of the Environment majors.
    • Nancy Wilcox Scholarship: Incoming undergraduate freshmen or transfer students in all College of the Environment majors.
    • Clarence H. Campbell Endowed Lauren Donaldson Scholarship: incoming and current undergraduates majoring in Marine Biology, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences or Oceanography.
    • Dani Elenga Environment Scholarship: Incoming undergraduate freshmen or current undergraduate students in all College of the Environment degree-granting programs who are affiliated with the Educational Opportunity Program.
    • Del Rio Environmental Studies Scholarship: Incoming undergraduate freshmen or transfer students in all College of the Environment degree-granting programs who are affiliated with the Educational Opportunity Program.
    • Yakama Endowed Fund for Student Support: Yakama Nation tribal members who are incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students at the UW in an environmentally-related program or pursuing studies or research focused on the environment.

Research Funding

  • Mary Gates Endowment for Students: Merit-based scholarships in research and leadership. Many marine biology students receive funding through this endowment for research conducted at Friday Harbor Labs
  • The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington: The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning experience that explores conservation across climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. By connecting conservation to cultural identity, biodiversity and environmental justice DDCSP@UW supports emerging leaders as they develop understandings, skills and perspectives needed to shift the conservation conversation.

Other Funding

  • College of the Environment Student Travel & Meeting Fund: Financial support for students to attend, present or host conferences or meetings in their field of interest
  • Martin Achievement Scholarship: WA state transfer students attending a community college in the Puget Sound region can apply for this merit-based scholarship to help pursue their first baccalaureate degree at the UW (including in the sciences).
  • Morris K. Udall Scholarship: The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
  • Association for Women in Science Seattle Scholarship: $1,000 – $7,500 scholarship, “Open to women who will be juniors or seniors at a four-year college or university in the state of Washington in the Fall of 2021.  Applicants must have a declared major in the sciences, engineering or mathematics, and must have a United States issued social security number. Winners generally have exemplary grades, outstanding letters of recommendation, financial need, a record of community service, and a strong interest in pursuing a career in the sciences, engineering or mathematics.”

University Resources and Links

  • UW Office of Student Financial Aid: student loans, grants and scholarships
  • Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards: merit-based scholarships on and off campus as well as workshops about the scholarship search and application process
  • FAFSA: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form is required to qualify for Federal Student Aid, and it can also be used to help determine eligibility for need-based scholarships
  • WASFA: Washington State residents, including DREAMers can fill out the Washington Application for State Financial Aid to qualify for Washington State Need Grants or as an alternative to the FAFSA to demonstrate eligibility for some need-based scholarships

Marine Biology Scholarships from other organizations

  • Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) Student Scholarships: To further the goals of MASNA, MASNA offers the MASNA Student Scholarship program to help stimulate and promote the pursuit of marine science, in particular for topics that are current and relevant to the marine aquarium hobby. Applications open annually around April with a deadline in June.
  • Marine Technology Society: multiple scholarships offered annually to college graduate, undergraduate and senior high school students. Membership in MTS is required (undergraduate and high school rate is $25/yr)
  • NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship: Up to $9,500 per year for two years of full-time study in marine science (or related field) along with a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. Applications open annually in September with a deadline at the end of the following January.
  • American Fisheries Society Washington – British Columbia Chapter: C. Jeff Cederholm Scholarship: This scholarship provides awards of $1,000 for education expenses for each a Ph.D, masters, and undergraduate student. Graduate students must be AFS WA/BC students at the time of the application (undergraduates do not).

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