Undergraduate Advising Information
Department of Biological Sciences
Awards and Scholarships
in Biological and Environmental Sciences


Department of Biological Sciences offers a number of scholarships and awards to recognize the accomplishments and potential of students in the major and related fields. Announcements about the awards and the date of application are usually made in March and the awards are presented at the Biological Sciences Awards program in April. Students may compete for any award or scholarship for which they meet the criteria. More information about the awards can be obtained from the Department of Biological Sciences office in Lapham S181 Lapham Hall. This year, as in the past, the Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Biological Sciences Research Symposium.


Undergraduate Awards:
Ruth Walker Awards:
  • Tuition scholarships to continuing undergraduates majoring in Biological Sciences or Environmental Sciences.
  • Awards to graduating seniors majoring in Biological Sciences or Environmental Sciences based on overall scholarship and/or an independent study projects.
  • Grants-in-Aid for undergraduate or graduate students to pursue their academic or research activities.
    A native of Michigan, Ruth Walker earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1926. She came to Milwaukee in 1931 as an instructor in botany at the former University of Wisconsin Extension Center, also serving as chair of the Department of Botany. After the merger of the Milwaukee Extension and Wisconsin State College, which created UWM in 1956, Dr. Walker served as chair of the Botany Department until 1960. Throughout her career, Dr. Walker was devoted to teaching, research, and service to the University. She was internationally recognized for her research in cytology and embryo development. Upon her death in 1962, friends and colleagues established the Ruth I. Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund. In 1990, the Walker Fund was significantly enhanced by a gift from the estate of her sister, Jessie M. Walker.
Hutto-Erdman Conservation Scholarship:
  • This award is given to undergraduates (Jr standing or above) in Conservation or Environmental Studies.
    The Hutto-Erdmann Conservation Scholarship has been offered to undergraduate students in conservation or environmental studies in conservation or environmental studies since 1972, when the Aldo Leopold Conservation Club provided an initial endowment in memory of Neville B. Hutto and Jerry W. Erdmann. The fund has been augumented by additional donations over the years.
Ray Hatcher Memorial Award:
  • Undergraduate (Jr standing or above) and graduate students conducting research in Botany are eligible.
    Ray Hatcher was an Illinois native who received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati in 1959 and shortly thereafter came to UWM as an assistant professor in the Department of Botany. His research specialty was bryophytes and he traveled widely in the United States, New Zealand, and South America to collect specimens. Dr. Hatcher contributed to the planning and establishment of the UWM graduate program in Botany. He was a gifted musician, playing both the violin and guitar. Other interest included history, literature, and sports. Dr. Hatcher died very unexpectedly in 1967 at the age of 36.
Ivy Balsam-Milwaukee Audubon Society Award:
  • Undergraduate (Jr. standing or above) and graduate students majoring in Biological Sciences or Environmental Studies with an interest in and contribution to Conservation should apply.
    The Ivy Balsam-Milwaukee Audubon Society Scholarship fund was established in 1982, to be given annually to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in some phase of natural science and with an interest in the contribution to conservation. Ivy Balsam was a former board member of the Milwaukee Audubon Society.
James D. Anthony Award:
  • Undergraduate (Jr. standing or above) and graduate students in Animal Biology. Minimum GPA = 3.25.
    James D. Anthony a graduate of the University of Michigan joined UWM in 1954 as professor of zoology. In addition to teaching and research in parasitology--Dr. Anthony chaired the Zoology Department for three years and was involved in the Medical Technology Program. Dr. Anthony was also politically active in local government, serving as Menomonee Falls trustee for ten years and as village president for four. He died in 1976.
Brickman Conservation Scholarship:
  • Women with a minimum cum GPA of 3.0 demonstrated financial need and a DECLARED major in either Biological Sciences and/or Conservation and Environmental Science. The scholarship is renewable in subsequent years if there continues to be academic progress and the GPA remains at or above 3.0. Applicants should submit a brief, one-page statement that describes their interests and future plans with regard to the environmental sciences and conservation.
    Mark and Cheryl Brickman have established two scholarships at UWM: one in his interest area, real estate; the other in her's to support women pursuing an interest in ecology. Mr. Brickman is Chairman of the Polacheck Company and a member of the UWM Foundation Board of Directors. They are both very active in many community organizations and charitable work.

How to ApplyInformation about the awards can be obtained from the Department of Biological Sciences office in Lapham S181 Lapham Hall. Please revisit this page for dates and application forms.

Scholarship Application Form

**The number of awards and amounts vary.**