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Awards and Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

The following scholarships are available to undergraduate students at Iowa State University. They are listed here by funding source.

DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY

Jim Oleson Scholarship in Entomology

Jim Oleson had a long and outstanding career working for the Department of Entomology and saw firsthand the skill, commitment and success of students who applied themselves to the field. The Jim Oleson Scholarship in Entomology provides scholarships for one undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Insect Science or Entomology per year. Scholarships are for one year, but may be renewed for additional years. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic promise and initiative and hence a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required.

Applicants should send a cover letter describing their entomology-related experience, and a résumé including details of academic training with grades / scores, activities, and work experience. Applicants should also arrange to have a letter of support highlighting examples of student initiative sent by the deadline. For graduate students this letter should be provided by their faculty advisor; for undergraduate students, this letter can be provided by a member of the faculty or staff. Applications (a single pdf file) must be submitted by e-mail by November 1 to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Chair, Department of Entomology Student Awards and Scholarships Committee: bbonning@iastate.edu. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will recommend awardees to the Chair of the Department of Entomology.

Previous awardees:

  • Mike McCarville, 2010
  • Kelly Gill, 2011
  • Jing Sun, 2012

Wayne A. Rowley Scholarship

The Wayne A Rowley Scholarship in Entomology provides scholarships of $750 for one undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Entomology per year. The scholarships are open to students with Sophomore or higher class standing. Scholarships are for one year, but may be renewed for up to three additional years. First preference shall be to applicants concentrating on medical entomology. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will recommend awardees to the Chair of the Department of Entomology.

Applicants should send a cover letter describing their career goals, and a résumé including information on academic training (including GPA, ACT/SAT score), activities and leadership information, and work experience. Applications must be submitted by mail or e-mail (preferred) by November 1 to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, 401 Science II, Ames, IA 50011-3222; E-mail: bbonning@iastate.edu.

Previous awardees:

  • 2006: Brendan Dunphy
  • 2007: Jon Oliver
  • 2008: Gretchen Paluch
  • 2009: Jon Oliver
  • 2010: Patrick Jennings
  • 2011: Adam Varenhorst
  • 2012: Jeff Alfred

Entomology Alumni Scholarship

The Entomology Alumni Scholarship provides scholarships of $1,500 for one undergraduate or one graduate student enrolled in a current major in the Department of Entomology per year. Selection is based on scholarship, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, work and community experience, and on promise for a career in Entomology. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will select awardees.

Applicants should send a cover letter describing their career goals, and a résumé including information on academic training (including GPA, ACT/SAT score), activities and leadership information, and work experience.
Applications (a single pdf file) must be submitted by e-mail by November 1 to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, 418 Science II, Ames, IA 50011-3222; E-mail: bbonning@iastate.edu.

Previous awardees:

  • 2005 Harold Stockdale Awards: Daniel Forbes and Aaron Heit
  • 2007 Harold Stockdale Memorial Scholarships: Brendan Dunphy and Kelly Seman
  • 2008 Entomology Alumni Scholarship: Kayalyn Edmeade
  • 2009 Entomology Alumni Scholarship: Grace Sward
  • 2011 Entomology Alumni Scholarship: Mike McCarville
  • 2012 Entomology Alumni Scholarship: Mike Rausch

Entomology Student Scholarship for Student Excellence

The Entomology Student Scholarship for Student Excellence, which is funded by the Fred Clute Memorial Fund, provides a scholarship of $1,500 for one undergraduate or graduate student per year, with preference for students working in Structural Pest Management. Selection at the undergraduate level is based on academic excellence, and at the graduate level on excellence in research, teaching and / or extension.

Fred N. Clute (1932 – 2002) worked for Evans Orchard Supply Company in Kansas City before joining Rhodes Chemical Company in 1966. He spent most of his 36 years with Rhodes educating, training, providing customer service and support, and solving problems. His greatest satisfaction was in sharing his experience, knowledge and wisdom with others. Fred received many awards from the state pest control associations throughout the Midwest, and attended the Purdue Pest Control Conference no fewer than eighteen times.

Eligibility: Students majoring in the Department of Entomology may apply during the year of their graduation (prior to graduation), or the year before expected graduation. A student may only receive the award once.

Applications from undergraduate students should include

1. A nomination letter from a faculty member within the Department of Entomology
2. Curriculum vitae including GPA (which should be 3.0 or higher)

Applications from graduate students should include

1. Curriculum vitae
2. A description of activities contributing to student excellence in research, teaching, or extension (one page maximum).
3. Supplementary material in support of the application. For example, published or in press research articles (research category), examples of teaching materials, student evaluations (teaching category), or extension publications (extension category).
4. A letter from the student’s major professor in support of the application including expected graduation date, and appraisal of student activities in the specified area. The major professor should specifically address the productivity of the student and the impact of the activity.

Applications (a single pdf file) should be sent to Dr. Bryony Bonning, Chair, Student Awards and Scholarships Committee, by e-mail bbonning@iastate.edu. Applications must be received by November 1. The Student Awards and Scholarships Committee will recommend awardees to the department Chair. The awardee will be announced at the Entomology Department Holiday Party in December.

Previous awardees:

  • 2008: Nick Schmidt
  • 2009: Missy Rynerson
  • 2010: Mike McCarville
  • 2011: Kelly Gill

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Ag Scholarships


See the Ag Scholarship page. Includes links to departmental scholarships.

Ag Council Awards

See Ag Council web page for details.

Other Scholarships and Grants


The Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award is offered by the ISU Alumni Association.

The Iowa State University Financial Aid Office has information on other scholarships and grants for undergraduate students.

ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

ESA Undergraduate Scholarship/BioQuip


BioQuip sponsors a $2,000 scholarship, and The Entomological Foundation sponsors several $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate students. The scholarships are designed to encourage student interest in Entomology. Applications due July 1.
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Previous awardees from the Iowa State University Department of Entomology:

  • 2000: Gretchen Schultz
  • 2001: Erica Simbro

Stanley Beck Fellowship


Annual fellowship of $4,000 to assist needy students at graduate and undergraduate level. Need may be based on physical limitations, or economic, minority or environmental conditions.
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