Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Student Scholarships

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

STM Scholarship
Awarded to students with majors (declared or intended) in chemistry or biochemistry. Two to four scholarships will be awarded each year

Leland & Margaret Harvin Wilson Scholarship
Awarded to a chemistry or biochemistry major with strong affinity for the major. Financial need is considered as part of the criteria for the award. Award is renewable annually if scholar maintains satisfactory progress toward a chemistry or biochemistry degree.

James W. Kercheval Scholarship
Awarded to highly qualified entering freshmen with a serious interest in pursuing a major and career in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Scholarships for Upperclassmen

McGrew Faculty Scholarship
Awarded to qualified undergraduate students by the department faculty

Wanda & Carl Wehner Chemistry Teaching Scholars
Annual award to sophomore, junior, or senior major in Chemistry-Teaching who shows outstanding promise as a prospective teacher. Overall and department GPA = 3.0 or above and must have completed one semester of a chemistry organic course appropriate for their degree at the time of application. Preference to students who intend to teach in Iowa for two years following graduation. Financial need is a consideration as well.

Robert W. Getchell Memorial Scholarship
Given to undergraduate majors in chemistry or biochemistry. Scholar should be research active and provide contributions to the department such as serving as a lab assistant and being active in the Student Chapter of the ACS. Preference to juniors and seniors with a new person receiving the award each year.

Ben Baird Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is named in honor of Ben Baird, who died unexpectedly before he could complete his PhD. Ben was an enthusiastic student with a promising future. This award is given to a promising junior who intends to pursue a PhD. degree in chemistry or biochemistry.

John W. Gurney Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors John Gurney, an alum who had a successful career in pharmaceutical sales. It is awarded to a junior or senior Chemistry or Biochemistry major who plans to go into the pharmaceutical industry. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and be from the State of Iowa.

Dr. John J. Talley Chemistry Scholarship
The Talley Scholarship provides funding for 2-3 students per year. Students are sophomore level or above with at least a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to BS Chemistry or Biochemistry majors, particularly if they are involved in research.

Louis Begeman Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is shared with the department of Physics. It is given to two outstanding students of junior standing for use in their senior year. Preference is given to students intending to go on for graduate study.

Dan McMahill Scholarship
This scholarship is given to Chemistry undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and are a resident of the State of Iowa.

Alfred E. & Miriam J. Heilmann Endowed Chemistry Scholarship
This scholarship is given to a junior or senior student earning a B.S. degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry and showing an aptitude and motivation for a career in Chemistry or Biochemistry.  It is renewable provided the recipient meets all award criteria.

Virginia Weimar Endowed Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholarship
This scholarship is given to an outstanding student earning a B.S. degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry who is in the second or third year of their program. Minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

To be eligible for the above scholarships, students need to complete the UNIversity Scholarship Application at

Be sure to select the "Chemistry and Biochemistry" scholarships.


Other Scholarship Opportunities

Special Case Scholarships for Attending Iowa Public Universities:

• All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship

• Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship

• Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Grant (NGEAP)

• Robert D. Blue Scholarship

• Abbott & Fenner

• Bright Scholars of Iowa

• Byers Scholarship

• Hagan Scholarship Foundation

• James B. Morris Scholarship Fund


Students with Disabilities

•   Diabetes Scholars Foundation

•  Learning Ally’s National Achievement Awards

•  National Center for Learning Disabilities Scholarships

General Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

•  AXA Achievement Scholarship

• The Elks National Foundation

• The Elks National Foundation - Legacy Awards

• The Elks National Foundation - Emergency Educational Grants

Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

• ACIL Scholarship

• B.O.G. Pest Control Scholarship Fund

• Mediacom World Class Scholars Scholarship

• Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award

Specific Ethnicity Scholarship

Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Scholarship

• UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award

• James B. Morris Scholarship

Students Facing Adversity

• Carver Scholars Program

• The Tim Dwight Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Program


Other Awards Given by the Department

ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry Scholarship and Service Award
ICUC Award for Excellence to a student in General Chemistry
Hypercube Scholar
Outstanding Biochemistry Student
Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Student
Outstanding Inorganic Chemistry Student
Outstanding Physical Chemistry Student
Russell Wiley Award for Outstanding Freshman Major