Completed scholarship applications include the following:
- A statement about why you wish to attend FLBS. Indicate which courses or research work will be undertaken during the summer session. Explain how participation in courses and research at FLBS are relevant to your university curriculum or your plans for future work
- Completed application, including $30 non-refundable application fee, plus transcripts (official or unofficial).
- Two letters of reference from faculty members in support of your request, mailed or emailed by each reference directly to FLBS
- If applicable, a PDF or print copy of your FAFSA SAR (see above) for
2016-2017 or 2017-2018.
Completed applications are due at FLBS by April 3, 2017. You must contact us to confirm that all scholarship materials have been received. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Where To Send
Application materials may be sent by email or by US mail.
Attn: Scholarship Committee
Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana
32125 Bio Station Lane
Polson, MT 59860-6815
The following scholarships are available:
- Mary Elrod Ferguson Memorial
- Dr. Jessie Bierman
- Eric and Tootie Myhre
- James Hunter and Colleen Shaw Dion
- Dr. Robert L. Gilbertson
- Matthew Levitan
- Mark Levitan
- Charles "Chuck" Levitan
- Robert Levitan
- Sara Spero Levitan
- Dr. Richard Solberg
- James and Wanda Hollensteiner
- James J. Elser
- Jack Stanford
- Jack and Suzi Hanna
Mary Elrod Ferguson Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Dr. Morton J. Elrod
Mary Elrod Ferguson bequeathed part of her estate for the purpose of establishing a memorial fund in honor of her father, Dr. Morton J. Elrod. Dr. Elrod founded the Biological Station (FLBS) in 1899 and devoted his life to the establishment and development of the Station and the Department of Biology at the University of Montana (formerly known as Montana State University). The scholarship awarded from this memorial is presented to a currently enrolled student at the University of Montana who attends classes at the Biological Station.
Dr. Jessie Bierman Scholarship
Dr. Jessie Bierman, originally a student of the Biological Station in 1921, established an endowment fund that provides support to FLBS for a number of purposes, one being scholarship support for deserving students. Dr. Bierman was a very valued and dear friend of the Biological Station.
Eric and Tootie Myhre Scholarship
Eric and Tootie Myhre, former members of the FLBS Advisory Council, established this scholarship to benefit students at the Biological Station. The first scholarship was awarded during 2003 in memory of Eric.
James Hunter and Colleen Shaw Dion Scholarship
Marcia Knell, Jane Zackary and William Dion, family of James and Colleen Dion, established this scholarship as a memorial to their parents. Both mother and father were graduates of the University of Montana in 1938 and 1937, respectively. They remained active and involved as alumni and had a long association with Flathead Lake. This scholarship is awarded to deserving undergraduate students at The University of Montana who are studying at FLBS.
Dr. Robert L. Gilbertson Scholarship
This scholarship was established in recognition of Dr. Gilbertson's contributions to the science of ecology and plant pathology, and his abiding interest in the West in general, and in western Montana and Flathead Lake in particular. During his summers at UM, he studied at FLBS. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student studying at the Biological Station.
Matthew Levitan Scholarship
Matthew Levitan, a 1973 graduate of The University of Montana in political science and history, established this scholarship endowment in 1996. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student at The University of Montana who is studying or conducting research at FLBS.
Mark Levitan Scholarship
Matthew Levitan established this scholarship as a remembrance to his brother, Mark Levitan, who passed away as a young adult. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student at UM who is studying or conducting research at FLBS.
Charles "Chuck" Levitan Scholarship
Chuck Levitan is a faculty member at Sierra Nevada College. He often returns to the Biological Station during the summer to conduct research. Matthew Levitan established this scholarship in the name of his brother.
Robert Levitan Scholarship
Robert Levitan graduated from The University of Montana in 1982 with a degree in geology. He currently works for the DNRC in Helena, Montana. This scholarship, provided by Matthew Levitan, is awarded to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student at UM who is studying or doing research at FLBS.
Sara Spero Levitan Scholarship
Matthew Levitan provided another generous scholarship in the name of his sister, Sara Spero Levitan. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student at FLBS.
Dr. Richard Solberg Scholarship
Dr. Richard "Dick" Solberg served as Director of FLBS from 1962-1969. Upon his retirement from The University of Montana in 1987, contributions were used to establish a scholarship fund in his behalf. The scholarship has been augmented by gifts from Richard and Jane Solberg. This scholarship is awarded to one of the outstanding students at the Biological Station.
James and Wanda Hollensteiner Scholarship
James and Wanda Hollensteiner, friends of UM and residents of the Flathead Valley, set up this scholarship to benefit FLBS students focusing on water quality. The first scholarship was awarded in 2004.
James J. Elser Scholarship
Dr. Charles Goldman provided this scholarship in recognition of Jim Elser's exciting and highly productive career. Dr. Elser's scholarship provides funding for students studying or doing research at the FLBS.
Jack Stanford Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of former FLBS director Dr. Jack Stanford, his long-term service, and his extensive accomplishments in research, education, mentorship and conservation.
Jack and Suzi Hanna Scholarship
This scholarship was established in recognition of Jack and Suzi Hanna’s lifelong dedication to environmental education and conservation of wildlife and their habitat in the Flathead Valley, Montana and around the world. Awards will benefit deserving undergraduate students studying or doing research at the FLBS, with preference given to out-of-state students when possible.