Biology Scholarships and Financial Aid

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Biology majors are eligible for numerous grants and scholarships ― including SPU scholarships, and federal and private financial aid.

Be sure to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1. You can also contact Student Financial Services with questions about financial aid, billing, and payments.

Some students also receive scholarships from the Biology Department, which specifically distributes scholarships for Biology majors. SPU is grateful to the many donors who support our students’ learning and aspirations, including:

Causey Scholarship

Awarded to a junior (with one year of school remaining) who is not on a Pre-Professional Health Sciences track, but who has taken the most extensive biology coursework and has the highest GPA in those courses.

Mr. C.O. Causey, a 1940 graduate of Seattle Pacific College, earned a bachelor of science degree in Zoology.  He established the Causey Scholarship with an initial gift of $2,145 prior to 1954 and has made supplemental contributions.  Now 90 years old, this longtime Free Methodist remains passionate about Christian higher education and Seattle Pacific.

Cynthia Fitch-Steenson Memorial Scholarship

Preference will be given to, but not limited to, PPHS students who exemplify the mission of SPU and who exhibit a high potential for success in medical school. Recommended by the PPHS advisor group.

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Cindy Fitch-Steenson, a faculty member in the SPU Department of Biology from 1994 until 2012. Dr. Fitch-Steenson led the PPHS program for many years, and was a dedicated and valued mentor to many students. More information about Dr. Fitch-Steenson is available here.

Matthew Kelley Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore or higher with a minimum 3.75 GPA who intends to apply to medical school with the goal of serving on medical missions. Nominated by the PPHS coordinator.

This endowment was established by Edwin and Marie Kelley, parents of Matthew Kelley. Matthew, born on April 30, 1982, had a tragic drowning accident in 1984, and remained in a coma until his death on January 6, 1986.

A. Kenneth Moore Scholarship

Awarded to a highly qualified junior or senior Biology major who intends to apply to medical school. Recommended by the PPHS coordinator.

Established in 2007 by the family of SPU Biology Professor Emeritus Ken Moore, this award recognizes students intending to pursue a medical degree.

Joy Rusher and Lois Samuelson Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior Biology major with the potential and desire to pursue medical school training in preparation for medical missions.

Joy Rusher ’35, ’63 had two children, Jerry ’63 and Marie ’66, who became medical missionaries. Joy’s sister Lois ’32 provided financial support for Jerry and Marie to attend SPU. Marie and her husband, Edwin Kelley, established this scholarship in 2007 in remembrance of her mother and aunt.

Dr. Robert and Judy Weathers Biology Field Studies Endowment

Supports instructional activities, operational costs, and participation expenses for students in the Tropical Studies programs, as determined by the Biology Department chair.

Robert D. Weathers was a faculty member in the Exercise Science (now Health and Human Performance) Department at SPU for 32 years. Dr. Weathers helped establish the Biology Department’s study abroad trips to the Virgin Islands, Belize, Bahamas, Mexico, and the Galapagos Islands, assisting Biology faculty with 17 trips during his SPU tenure. He and his wife, Judy, are strong believers in experiential education, biology field studies, and adventure wilderness-based courses. Their commitment continues to impact SPU students.

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