School of Molecular Biosciences | Scholarships and Financial Aid


Several scholarships are available annually to undergraduates who have certified in the School of Molecular Biosciences.

Alice L. Diers Bacteriology Enrichment Fund

Alice (1911-2000) received her BS in 1931 from WSU in Bacteriology. Growing up on a Palouse wheat farm, Alice’s mother was determined to send her to college. Alice’s independent spirit served her well as she worked in pathological labs across the Northwest, including Alaska; where she met her husband William. Alice established this fund in 1983 to foster the quality of education and research within the microbiology degree program. 

  • Certified major in microbiology
Scholarship Recipients: Ryan Schindler (2010), Timothy Gay (2010), Elizabeth Laws (2011), Melody Fulton (2011), Nicole Clark (2013), Mary Vallejo (2013), Miles Linde (2014)

Alice Lloyd Diers and William E. Diers Microbiology Student Endowment

This scholarship was created by Bill Retelle in 2001, as a memorial to his dear friends, Alice (1911-2000) and William Diers (1910-1969). Bill and William were fishing buddies and lifelong friends. After William’s death in 1969, Bill continued to care for his friend Alice until her death in 2000. 

  • Deserving students in microbiology (certified majors)
  • Preference to those students with financial need
Scholarship Recipients: Kimberly Ellis (2010), Marie Smith (2010), Katherine Rempe (2010), Xin Wei (2010)

Dr. Nancy Magnuson Immunology Scholarship

The distributions from this fund shall be used to award scholarships to female undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in the immunology field with a focus on infectious disease research or understanding basic immunological mechanisms.

Elizabeth R. Hall Endowment Scholarship

The Elizabeth Hall Scholarship is a way for alumni and friends to make meaningful contributions to Microbiology education at WSU's School of Molecular Bioscience.  

The Elizabeth Hall Scholarship was established in 1972 by many friends, colleagues, and former students to honor Dr. Elizabeth Hall (1914-2001), a member of the WSU faculty from 1944 to 1976. Dr. Hall was a researcher and instructor in bacteriology and public health for 32 years. She was a noted teacher and received the Carski Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Society of Microbiology in 1976.

  • Certified major in microbiology
  • Potential for a successful career in a medical aspect of microbiology

Scholarship Recipients: Adriana Lippy (2010), Andrea Bonner (2010), Lon Kwan Lam (2010), Bhim Thapa (2011), Kyle Nelson (2011), Marie Smith (2011), Van Nguyen (2011), Abigail Moody (2012), Bhim Thapa (2012), Cristal Reyna (2012), Marie Smith (2012), Sam McInally (2013), Anjelica Ludwig (2013), Alicia Ocasio (2013), Kari Mitchell (2014), Homa Shaarbaf (2014), Preston Dehan (2014), Nathan Cherzan (2014), Manik Malla (2014), James Bonner (2014), Scott Blaine (2014), Floricel Gonzalez (2015), Jenna Gregory (2015), Jaslyn Erickson (2015)

Herbert M. Nakata Microbiology Fund

This fund was established in 1993 by the Department of Microbiology to honor Professor Emeritus Herbert M. Nakata. Dr. Nakata served as chair of the microbiology department for 24 years. Under his leadership the department became academically and fiscally strong.

  • Certified major in microbiology
Scholarship Recipients: Justin Pieper (2010), Tracy Luu (2011), Marie Smith (2012), Alicia Ocasio (2013), James Bonner (2014)

L.W. Engels Student Loan Fund

Mr. Engles ( -1987) graduated from WSU in 1930, and left half of his estate to help students in Microbiology. Loraine remembers having little money as a student at Washington State College and wanted to help future students. The fund is available to assist students who have unexpected expenses and need a quick loan.

  • Certified major in SMB
  • Recipients are encouraged to pay the fund back as finances allow
Scholarship Recipients: 2 students (2010), 2 students (2011), 1 student (2012), 1 student (2013)

Melva Jean Kinch Breffeilh Memorial Scholarship

Melva’s family created this scholarship in her memory. As a young student, “Mel” (1921-1996) graduated from WSU in 1944 and became a medical technologist. She wanted to do something different; therefore she chose the field of science in which to pursue her degree. Her laboratory experiences in Saudi Arabia during WW II and Venezuela helped her to fulfill this dream. 

  • Certified major in microbiology
  • Female
  • Demonstrated academic achievement  
Scholarship Recipients: Gianne Souza (2010), Abigail Moody (2011), Elizabeth Laws (2012), Sharayah Wahl (2013), Alexandra Bartoski (2014)

Patricia C. and Eugene E. Youngman Endowed Science Scholarship

Pat (Chamber) Youngman grew up near Yakima, Washington, during the Depression. A $500 inheritance from her grandfather made the dream of a college education into reality for Pat. Pat and Gene met at WSU and were married the same week they graduated in 1943:  Pat with a BS in Bacteriology and Public Health, and Gen with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Gene began a life career with General Mills in Spokane, with various transfers until they settled in Palo Alto, California. As the family moved, Pat worked as a hospital medical technician, bacteriologist for Darigold, VA medical technician, and doctor’s assistant. Gene died in 1976. Pat moved to Anacortes and became instrumental in the propagation of wild plants at the WSU Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center. Pat passed away in February 2010.

  • Certified major in SMB
Scholarship Recipients: Tiffany Hylkema (2012), Paige Blue (2013), Jennifer Campbell (2013), Christina Beckwith (2014), Nicholas Howard (2014), Erin Aguero (2014)

STARS Scholarship in support of Undergraduate Research

Stars students are exceptional students who will be the future leaders in biomedical and other areas of research.

Walter L. & Pauline W. Harris Microbiology Endowment Fund

This scholarship was created in recognition of Walter and Pauline Harris, both graduates of the Department of Bacteriology and Public Health. Walter received a Master’s degree in 1949 and Pauline received a bachelor’s degree in 1947. Pauline died in 2008.

  • Certified major in microbiology
  • Junior or Senior standing
Scholarship Recipients: Erin Feller (2010), Elizabeth Laws (2011), Mayumi Holly (2012), Kari Mitchell (2013), Joseph Lawhead (2013), Samantha McInally (2014), James Volz (2014), Athena Lemon (2014)

Financial Aid

A variety of federal, state, and University-sponsored programs are available to assist qualified students with educational costs. Financial aid counselors at WSU work with students and families in planning to meet these costs through financial aid and other financial services. Contact the:

Distinguished Scholarships

SMB Majors are eligible to pursue prestigious International and National Scholarships such as the Goldwater Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, and Churchill Scholarship. Interested students are encouraged to begin planning for these highly competitive applications as early as possible in their academic career. For more information, talk to your advisor in SMB and contact the WSU Office of Distinguished Scholarships through this link: Distinguished Scholarships

Scholarships for the Graduate Program in SMB

  • Victor Burke Memorial Endowment
  • Marvel-Dare Nutting and Audrey D. Dickson Fellowship
  • Charles and Audrey Drake Fellowship in Honor of Dr. A.T. Henrici
  • Stephen Fodor and Janelle Benoit Graduate Fellowship
  • Bruce Gibbins Graduate Travel Fellowship in SMB
  • Michael D. Griswold Fellowship in Reproductive Biology
  • Charles Glenn King Fellowships and Lectureships
  • Louis Mallavia Memorial Endowment in Microbiology
  • Robert A. and Winona P. Nilan Graduate Fellowship
  • John C. Ross, Vera Ross and Avron J. Ross Medical Microbiology Endowment
  • James L. Seabrandt Memorial Graduate Fellowship

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