Scholarships & Awards
Between 10-15 scholarships are awarded each year to Marine Science undergraduates with outstanding academic achievement (including incoming Freshman). Out-of-state students who receive these scholarships may be eligible for a reduction in tuition if they meet a minimum weighted core GPA and standardized test score requirements set by the Office of Admissions. (Students who do not meet these minimum requirements will qualify for a tuition reduction in subsequent years if they maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.)
Please note that the Marine Science Program participates in the Academic Common Market, a tuition-reduction program for college students. Students from Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia who plan to major in Marine Science may also be eligible. For more information, please visit Academic Common Market FAQ.
The Friends of the Baruch Institute typically fund five undergraduate scholarships at $500/year (250/semester). The David Odom Scholarship typically funds six undergraduate scholarships at $500/year (250/semester). One scholarship recipient is funded by the BJ and RJ Canine Scholarship Fund at $500/year (250/semester).
The submission deadline each year is April 1. Applications may be obtained from Jackie McClary in the SEOE office (EWS 603).
College of Arts and Sciences Marine Science Outstanding Rising Senior Award
This $500 award is given annually by the College of Science and Mathematics to a rising senior Marine Science major who has demonstrated excellence in Marine Science. Students are nominated with a letter written by a Marine Science Faculty member and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by February 1st of each year.
Outstanding Undergraduate in Marine Science Award
Each year, the Marine Science Program awards $500 to the Marine Science student most recognized for outstanding academic performance, research participation and support of the Marine Science Program through volunteer efforts. Students are nominated with a letter written by a Marine Science Faculty member and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by February 1st of each year.
Traci J. Heincelman Memorial Scholarship/Award
The Traci Heincelman Memorial Scholarship is given to a rising Junior in Marine Science who best epitomizes the Marine Science Program: academic excellence, research, and volunteerism. This $1000 award is given in memory of Traci Jeanne Heincelman, one of our outstanding Marine Science majors who died in a tragic automobile accident on the first day of spring break in 2002. A McNair Scholar in the Honors College, Traci was heavily involved in marine science activities and a campus leader. She spent a semester abroad in Australia, and returned to begin a Master's degree in Biology as she simultaneously finished her BS in Marine Science. Throughout all of this, she maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and had completed all of her coursework for the M.S. In her memory, her parents set up the Traci Jeanne Heincelman Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception, over $26,000 have been received in donations. Students are nominated with a letter written by a Marine Science Faculty member and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by February 1st of each year.