Bob and Doris Tracy Memorial Graduate Fellowship Award

(Spring 2021 Award) The Bob and Doris Tracy Memorial Graduate Fellowship Award was created to support and encourage first-and second-generation graduate students enrolled in the Department of Biology who are studying mechanistic natural history (ecology, evolution, physiology, etc.) of vertebrates.

This award is limited to graduate students who are “first-or second-generation” students with an interest in continuing their education in the general area of mechanistic natural history (including ecology, physiology, and evolution) of vertebrate animals. The Graduate Fellowship targets students whose parents did not attend college or graduate school. Thus the highest priority in awarding it will be to first-generation graduate students. However, second-generation students are also encouraged to apply. The most competitive applicants will be students who are concentrating on the mechanistic natural history of vertebrates: this “interest” criterion will be evaluated liberally, however.

These scholarship are named in memory of Bob and Doris Tracy, who believed in the important of higher education. Although they could not afford college for themselves, they struggled to provide this experience for their children. Unfortunately, Bob and Doris passed before witnessing the manifold successes that higher education brought to their children. The intent of these scholarships is to honor Bob and Doris’s supportive spirit by “paying it forward” or helping first-generation biology students who have ambitious goals to learn and use what they learn to benefit society.

Applicants:

  • Must enroll in 4 units or more for the current Spring term.
  • Must be a graduate student in the biology department majoring in Mechanistic natural history (ecology, evolution, physiology, etc.) of vertebrates
  • Must have a GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.
  • Must request (2) letters of recommendation via the _my_Matador Scholarships portal. (One letter must from a Biology faculty member).
  • Upload: unofficial transcripts
  • Submit a brief personal statement. (must be typed, single-spaced and no longer than page in length) Please acknowledge your status as a first- or second-generation college student, recount significant experiences in mechanistic natural history of vertebrates while at CSUN, and describe your future professional goals.

*If selected as the recipient, I agree to write a thank-you letter to the donor(s) and be willing to meet with the donor(s) or designee(s). Both will be coordinated by the College’s Director of Development.

Please note: If you are receiving financial aid (including loans), your financial aid award may be adjusted if you receive this scholarship. Please speak to a financial aid counselor during walk-in hours to get a detailed explanation about your individual situation.

*Any change to your enrollment status resulting in less than required enrollment for any term within the award year will result in a cancellation of your award.

Should you have questions regarding the scholarship opportunity, please contact Cherie Hawthorne cherie.hawthorne@csun.edu

Award
$1,100.00
Deadline
03/01/2021
Supplemental Questions
  1. I am a first-generation student.
  2. I am a second-generation student.
  3. I am a graduate student in the biology department majoring in Mechanistic natural history (ecology, evolution, physiology, etc.) of vertebrates
  4. I am interested in continuing my education in the general area of mechanistic natural history (including ecology, physiology, and evolution) of vertebrate animals.
  5. Please upload: A brief acknowledge of your status as a first- or second-generation college student, recount significant experiences in mechanistic natural history of vertebrates while at CSUN, and description of your future professional goals.
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