Scholarships and Financial Aid


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

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), Kara Beseler (2015), Jenna Gregory (2016), Chasity Trammell (2017), Marissa Leupold (2017), Savanah Sitton (2018), Alida Melse (2019), Alyssa Eliopolous (2020)

Alice L. and William E. Diers 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), Zachary Taylor (2016), Kayla Keppler (2016), Tenzin Lama (2016), Grace Carrell (2017), Jeanie O’Donnell (2018), Darby Fox, Alyssa Eliopulos, and Courtney Klappenbach (2019), Madelyn Barrett and Anna Elder (2020)

Louis Mallavia Memorial Endowment in Microbiology

This endowment in memory of Dr. Louis Mallavia is established by friends, colleagues, and former students of his to remember and honor all that he did for the Department of Microbiology as its Chair for five years (1993-98) and as a faculty member, teacher and researcher for 33 years. He mentored more than 30 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. He was cited by the College of Sciences for his role in undergraduate instruction and named 1998 Mortar Board Faculty Member of the Year.

Used for summer support for Microbiology Graduate Students (including travel, equipment, living expenses, research, etc.) and at the discretion of the Chair for the highest of priorities within the department.

McFadden/Yount Undergraduate Scholarship in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

Bruce McFadden and Ralph Yount established this scholarship in 2003 as a reflection of their research efforts and the development of biochemistry at Washington State University. As former chairs and professors in the in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry they taught hundreds of students and wanted to support them through scholarships.

Scholarship Recipients: Brianna Stanley (2015), Kyle Romine (2015), Denali Kagel(2015), Mitchell Go (2015), Chase Teigen (2016), Celeste Lee (2016), Rachel Crowther (2016), Spencer Wheeler (2016)

Microbiology Student Aid Fund

During the national campus unrest of the 1970s, the bacteriology department under the leadership of Dr. Herb Nakata “invited state legislators, campus administrators, and interested faculty to a series of racial workshops. These led to the development of policies against racism and the establishment of the departmental Student Aid Fund. Initially supported by faculty and graduate students and later by alumni, this first departmental fund assisted majors from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.” From a Mini- history of the Department of Microbiology at Washington State University by H.M. Nakata, 2001.

  • Certified major in SMB
  • Academic Excellence
  • Preference to those students with financial need

Scholarship Recipients: Jessica Harris (2010), Kyla Hills (2011), Tiffany Hylkema (2012), Matthew Bremgartner (2013), Paige Blue (2014), Katie Salmon (2015), Megan Francies (2015), Seth Schneider (2016)

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), Homa Shaarbaf (2015), Marissa Leupold (2016)

Marvel-Dare F. & Dickson Audrey D. Nutting Biochem

Marval-Dare received her Master of Science in Chemistry from Washington State College (now know as WSU) in 1930 before she was 20 years old. After graduating from WSC, she went on for a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Rochester. Marval-Dare and her sister Audrey created a legacy at WSU through their wills.

Awarded to Graduate and Undergraduate students in Biochemistry, with a preference going to women.

Scholarship Recipients: Gabby Kahler (2015), Marshall Mitchell (2016)

STARS: School of Molecular Biosciences Fast Track

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

Patricia C. & 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), Seth Schneider (2015), Christina Beckwith (2015), Margaux McBirney (2016), Kristin Scott (2016)

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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