The Department of Biology offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships. These scholarships support study in particular biological disciplines, or longer-term research with a faculty mentor. Regardless of your career goals, there is probably a biology scholarship for you.

To apply for all scholarships except the Chandler Scholarship, current students can log in to MyGeorgiaSouthern and click the MyScholarships link. For more information, visit

Below are summaries of the scholarships offered by the Department of Biology. All scholarships are offered annually. Awards will be announced in December.

Boole Scholarship
This scholarship was established through an endowment from Dr. John A. Boole, Professor Emeritus of Biology, to support outstanding students whose emphasis is in plant sciences. This scholarship awards $250-$1,500. Biology students with demonstrated interest in the plant sciences are eligible. Preference will be given to upper-level or graduate students, but exceptional lower-level students will also be considered.

Chandler Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Charles R. and Sandra B. Chandler. The Chandler Scholarship funds an intensive research experience for undergraduate students. Through this program, you will be paid to work with a faculty member for two semesters, conduct research, and report your research findings at a professional meeting. The scholarship offers an invaluable opportunity to learn biological research by working day-to-day with a faculty mentor. Students are paid a weekly stipend and provided with a budget for supplies and professional travel. Biology majors with at least 60 credit hours (30 or more from Georgia Southern) and a GPA of 2.75 are eligible. Students must make contact with a potential mentor prior to application. Access the 2019 Chandler Scholarship application form.

McKeever Scholarship
The Dr. Sturgis McKeever scholarship fund was endowed by students and friends of this former member of the Department of Biology. Dr. McKeever was a broadly trained zoologist who worked on a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate species. He authored numerous articles and developed a worldwide reputation for his photography skills. His photographs have been featured in National Geographic, Audubon, Natural History, and other journals and magazines. Uppermost in his students’ thoughts, however, are memories of his emphasis on academic excellence and rigor. This scholarship is offered in even-numbered years to full-time juniors or seniors (at least 60 credit hours) with an interest in some field of zoology. The award is a maximum of $800.

Pike Scholarship
Family and friends endowed this scholarship in memory of Dr. John D. Pike, DMD, who had practices in Hinesville and Savannah. He was a faculty member in the Georgia Southern Department of Biology, 1970-73. Juniors, seniors, or graduate students with interests in pre-dentistry, botany, or marine biology are eligible. Pre-dentistry applicants (in any major) are given first preference. The award is $900.

Spence Scholarship
The Jim Spence Ornithology Scholarship was endowed by his family as a special remembrance and in honor of his love for birds and bird-watching. In 1979, Mr. Spence completed a 28-year career in the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer, the Navy’s highest enlisted ranking. Upon retirement to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he entered into an interest in bird-watching with the same level of commitment and enthusiasm he had for his career in the Navy. He became an active member of the Mississippi Coast Audubon Society, participating in annual bird counts and other conservation efforts of the Society. In remembrance and appreciation of the great joy brought to Mr. Spence late in life by his love of birding, this scholarship is intended to foster and further the interests of students at Georgia Southern University who share that enthusiasm. This scholarship, which awards $900, is offered in odd-numbered years to undergraduates with an interest in birds.

Last updated: 9/25/2019

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