Students do not apply for these awards but are selected by the Biology Department Scholarship and Graduate Steering Committees.

Louella E. Cable Memorial Scholarship

This award is for students majoring in biology, with preference given in the field of zoology. Recipients may be undergraduate, graduate, doctoral or post-doctoral students.

Edward P. and Nellie Churchill Awards

These awards are given to students majoring in biology at USD.

Department of Biology Scholarship

This scholarship is for students enrolled in or accepted by the Department of Biology. First preference is given to support the USD Scholars program.

Raymond D. Dillon Memorial Scholarship

Professor Raymond D. Dillon was a professor in the biology department from 1965-1990 and served as chair from 1965 through 1969. This scholarship was established by Bernice Dillon in honor of her husband Raymond. Awards from this scholarship are used to support biology graduate student travel to professional conferences.

Harrington Book Award

Elbert Harrington was a professor of speech and dean (1945-70) of the College of Arts & Sciences. This award is made to an outstanding senior biology major each spring and is intended to help students pay for textbooks. The award is given in April of each year.

Matthew A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Allen and Maxine Johnson in honor of their son Matthew. Professor Johnson spent more than 30 years in the biology department (1964-1998) and served as chair from 1992 to 1997. Funds from this scholarship are used to support graduate students in biology, with preference given to support Ph.D. students traveling to professional conferences.

Bruce and Ila Lushbough Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing their Bachelor of Science in medical biology.

Nelson Family Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in medical biology.

Gladys Ripper Scholarship

This scholarship is for undergraduate students with a major in biology. First consideration will be given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Scholars in Medical Biology Scholarship

Junior or senior students majoring in medical biology will be considered for this scholarship.

Webster Sill Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship honors the achievements of an undergraduate or graduate biology major who intends to pursue graduate training and a career in the biological sciences.

Harold Smith Award

This award was made possible by donations from Harold Smith, who was a professor in the biology department for almost 30 years (1964-1993). Professor Smith taught in the introductory biology sequence for most of his career and greatly appreciated the help of his many teaching assistants over the years. Funds from this award are used to support graduate students in biology, particularly those who have taught in the non-majors biology course.

Hazel Wier Teot Zoology Award

This award was established by Hazel Wier Teot, who earned her M.A. in zoology at USD under the direction of Edward Churchill in 1945. Funds from this award are used to support graduate students in biology, with preference given to students in zoology.

Lucile B. Wendt Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for an upper-division microbiology major, preferably female, who has an excellent scholastic record, is an independent thinker and plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in science.


Graduate student travel funds are awarded annually in the spring after a call for applications is made. Other support regularly available includes undergraduate research assistantships and research supply money.

Freshman Scholarships

For freshman scholarships, see Financial Aid.