College of Biological Sciences

Scholarships available to current students in the College of Biological Sciences are provided below with a brief description of the fund. As new scholarship opportunities become available, this list will be updated for your convenience. For more information on how to apply, please visit the Undergraduate Scholarships page.

Louise & Eric Conn Scholarship in Biochemistry

This scholarship was established in 1994 as a part of the Students First Campaign. Dr. Conn is a professor emeritus in biochemistry, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, recipient of the UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award and the UC Davis Foundation Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. Mrs. Conn is an active volunteer with a number of local and international human services programs. The scholarship they have established is restricted to students majoring in biochemistry.

Steven and Tammy Conston Scholarship

Established in 2016, Steve and Tammy Conston created the Steven and Tammy Conston Scholarship to further excellence of education at UC Davis. It is restricted to students in College of Biological students with demonstrated financial need. 

Alden S. Crafts

Dr. Crafts, who died in 1990, was a former chairman of the Botany Department and an expert on weed control. At his retirement in 1964, friends and colleagues established this scholarship in his honor. It is restricted to students majoring in botany or biological sciences with a plant science emphasis.

John Cuppoletti and Danuta H. Malinowska Award in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

John Cuppoletti, Ph.D. and Danuta H. Malinowska, Ph.D. established this scholarship in 2016.  In his first year as a junior year transfer student, Dr. Cuppoletti published his first of many research papers at UC Davis. He was the first in his family to obtain a college degree.  He attributes much of his success to the help of others and the opportunies he received as a first generation student.  This scholarship supports first-generation undergraduate transfer students with declared majors in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, from underrepresented populations who demonstrate financial need.

Kathleen C. Green Memorial Scholarship

Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Dr. M. M. Green, established this scholarship to honor the memory of his wife and fellow biologist, Kathleen C. Green.  Dr. M. M. Green, funded this endowed scholarship to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of female biology students.  This scholar ship is restricted to financially needy students in the College of Biological Sciences with a preference for women at the junior or senior level. 

Barbara A. Horwitz & John M. Horowitz

Professors Horwitz and Horowitz who have been members of the UC Davis faculty for more than 25 years established this scholarship in 1995. It is restricted to needy students in the College of Biological Sciences who are studying physiology. Both professors have been honored with the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award and Barbara Horwitz was the 1991 recipient of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

Katrina K. Hoyer and Shane G. Smith Family Scholarship

Katrina K. Hoyer, Ph.D. and Shane G. Smith, Ph.D created this scholarship in 2013 to support undergraduates in the College of Biological Sciences.  It is restricted to students with exemplary skills in scientific writing and research and be residents of Sacramento, Shasta, or Merced county.  Recipients must be in the College of Biological Sciences and demonstrate financial need. 

Oliver Leonard Memorial    

Oliver Leonard was a professor in the UCD Botany Department from 1950-1974. He was a pioneer in the discipline of weed science and was one of the first scientists to investigate the use of herbicides for weed control in cotton and to use radioactive herbicides to study translocation in plants. Dr. Leonard’s wife established this memorial in 1977. It is restricted to needy students with an interest in botany, or to those majoring in a field of biological science.

Milauskas Family

The Milauskas Family Scholarship was established in 1994 by Albert Milauskas, M.D., and his wife, Dorothy. Their daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from UCD in 1994 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Dr. Milauskas is an ophthalmologist and, with his nurse/wife, owns and operates the Milauskas Eye Institute in Palm Springs. Dr. Milauskas holds an adjunct teaching appointment at UCLA. The Milauskas Family Scholarship is restricted to students in the College of Biological Sciences as this is an extremely important foundation for graduate work in the health sciences.

John and Jeanne Pryor Scholarship

The scholarship was established by Mr & Mrs Pryor.  It is restricted to students in the College of Biological Sciences from Monterey County.  Preference is given to those from the Salinas Valley Area.

Wilfred William Robbins

Wilfred Robbins came to the Davis campus in 1922 and was one of the pioneers in the agricultural sciences. He was particularly interested in applied botany and extension activities; his research was widely published and he was the author of several books. Robbins Hall on the Davis campus was named in his honor. This scholarship was established in 1980 by a bequest from the Will of Dr. Robbins’ wife, Barbara Robbins. It is restricted to students majoring in botany.

Robyn L. Smith Family Scholarship

The Robyn L. Smith Family Scholarship, established in 2014, was created in celebration of their daughter Robyn's achievements in earning a Bachelor of Science from UC Davis and to support those who choose to pursue their educational dreams at UC Davis. It is restricted to needy incoming freshman from California in the College of Biological Sciences.