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

  • College of the Environment Scholarships: The UW College of the Environment offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students in their majors with demonstrated financial need and academic merit.
  • School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences (SAFS) Undergraduate Recruiting Scholarship: Merit-based scholarship for incoming freshmen/transfer students intending to major in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. Award amounts vary, and financial need may also be considered (requires submission of a FAFSA). Applications accepted annually in early April; contact the SAFS undergraduate adviser at safsadv@uw.edu for more information.
  • School of Oceanography Undergraduate Scholarships: Multiple need and merit-based scholarships for undergraduates intending to major in Oceanography. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have been admitted to the University of Washington.

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.

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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