Each year, the Department of Biology offers scholarships for biology and pre-med majors who demonstrate excellence in academic pursuits. The amount of the scholarships described below varies from year to year and is determined by market value of funds at the time of the award. Students may apply for any or all for which they qualify.

Dates for applications are announced each spring semester.

The A.W. and Shirley Gardner Scholarship
The Gardner Scholarship is available to any rising junior or senior biology major.

The Lois Martin Scholarships
The Martin Scholarships are presented for excellence among our pre-medical students. Two awards are presented, one for a biology major and one for a chemistry major.

The Dr. Ryan Kauffman Presidential Scholarship
The Kauffman Scholarship is presented to a biology major who has graduated from an accredited high school in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, or Paulding, Counties. Recipients will be selected on academic merit alone and must have achieved a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 and a combined SAT score of 1200. The scholarship is renewable each year provided the student remains full time at UWG as a Biology major, and intends to attend medical or graduate school, maintains a GPA of at least 3.2, participates in Honors courses, and serves as a mentor and role model for other biology majors.

The Jim Mathis Memorial Scholarship
The Jim Mathis Scholarship is a memorial scholarship presented to a deserving biology major based on his or her academic excellence.

The Dr. Roy L. Denney Scholarship
The Dr. Roy L. Denney Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in biology or chemistry with a pre-medical focus. Applications will be judged with greater weight given to merit and potential than financial need. This award alternates between the Biology & Chemistry departments each year.

The Bowdon Area Hospital Authority Scholarships
The Bowdon Scholarships are for biology majors or a nursing majors, preference given to students from Bowdon, Georgia, Ranburne, AL, and Woodland, AL, or from Carroll County.

The Morgan M. Hutson Memorial Scholarship
The Hutson Scholarship is a memorial scholarship presented to a biology major at any level with preference for pre-med students.

The Dr. T.R. Cotton Williamson Scholarship
The Dr. T.R. Cotton Williamson Scholarship award is a memorial scholarship presented to a Georgia resident majoring in biology who demonstrates financial need.

The William P. Maples Scholarship
The William P. Maples Scholarship award is a memorial scholarship presented to a deserving biology major with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Preference will be given to a student who is supporting a child and/or demonstrates financial need. The recipient must meet or exceed the UWG’s academic standards throughout the duration of their scholarship.

The Laura Handy Knight Memorial Scholarship
The Laura Handy Knight Memorial Scholarship award is a memorial scholarship presented to a rising junior or senior biology major with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.