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The Charlotte M. Boener Scholarship

This renewable award is valued at full in-state tuition and is designed for students in the elementary education, math education, and science education majors. This scholarship is designed especially for students who have a desire to teach middle school math or science.


Full In-State Tuition

Background Information

Dr. Boener was professor of Science Education at Indiana State University from 1964-2000. She served as the chair of the Department of Science Education from 1995 until her retirement in 2000. She received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Master of Science from the University of Arizona and Doctor of Philosophy from the State University of Iowa. Prior to arriving at ISU in 1964, she held various teaching positions at the University of Arizona and the State University of Iowa. In addition to teaching chemistry and general science, she worked in public television in the Minneapolis area. From 1950-1952 she was an assistant to the “Minneapolis Science Consultant,” and helped write and produce the “Teaching Science” program.

Criteria for Eligibility 

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Be a U.S. resident.
  • Be a full time student in good standing during the academic year at Indiana State University.
  • Be enrolled in a Science Education program at Indiana State University.
  • Have a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA.

Supplemental Questions

  1. Please list your extra-curricular activities including work. 
  2. Please provide a personal statement of goals, including your interest in teaching Science and/or Math

Application Due: March 1

The Dr. Marshall E. Parks Scholarship for Science Education/Biology Major

Dr. Parks, an emeritus professor, was a vibrant contributor to the development of pre-service science teachers.


The scholarship is a one-time award for the amount of $500 and will be awarded once each year in the spring semester.

Criteria for Eligibility 

Dr. Parks has established the following guidelines for applicants and encourages all eligible students to apply.

  1. Must be currently enrolled in the Science Education and Biology Double Major
  2. Must have an overall GPA of 2.5.
  3. Must not be a graduating senior.

Application Due: March 1

The Dr. William J. Brett Scholarship

(1) Must be a junior or senior with a declared Biology teaching major , (2) Recipient must have a minimum of 2.75 grade point average overall, (3) Recipient may receive this annual scholarship for a maximum of two years.



Supplemental Questions

  1. Curricular Specialization
    1. Please select your curricular specialization
  2. Main interest in Biology
    1. Please select your main interest in Biology (choose no more than 3)
  3. Describe your career goals.
  4. Faculty Advisor
  5. Please list a faculty member who knows you well.

Application Due: March 1

Sycamore Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Sycamore Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) enables students to work alongside faculty doing hands-on research. To be eligible for consideration, students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and score a 1000 SAT (combined math and critical reading) 1080 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or 22 ACT (composite). In addition, students must attend an on-campus research day in early March.

1. $2,500 * award for fall semester
2. Fifteen (15) awards available
3. Not renewable, but funded research positions may be available for subsequent semesters
4. Admission to ISU deadline: February 1
5. Requirements (listed below) must be satisfied by February 1
6. Open to Indiana and out-of-state residents
7. Not open to international, online-only, or returning ISU students

All incoming freshmen who are admitted to the University by February 1 and meet the criteria listed below will be eligible to apply for this scholarship. To be awarded this scholarship, students must be entering ISU fall.

  • Students selected for this award will enroll in a special section of UNIV 299, guaranteeing them a semester-long research experience. In addition, students will have opportunities for continued research during the summer between their freshman and sophomore years.

You have opportunities to be a SURFer in a variety of subject areas based on preference and major.



Supplemental Questions

  1. Please select your field of interest
  2. Tell us a time you encountered a problem and had to think outside of the box to solve it? What steps did you take? (200 word maximum)
  3. What is your favorite subject in high school? Tell us why. (150 word maximum)
  4. Tell us why you want to SURF! Upload an essay detailing how you will benefit from participating in a hands-on research project right alongside one STATE’s top faculty. Describe how SURFing might enhance your major of choice and impact your future career. Don’t forget to describe any significant research experiences you’ve already had!

Application Due: February 15