Scholarships

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology

The department has two endowed scholarships. These are the Barrentine Memorial Scholarship and the Will D. Carpenter Scholarship. These scholarships are usually awarded in May or June for the upcoming academic year (Fall-Spring) and are open to all majors (including incoming freshman and transfer students that declare Biochemistry as their field of interest). Criteria for selection include GPA, ACT scores (for incoming freshman), financial need, and/or students that exhibit a commitment to the major through involvement in departmental activities, internships, research experiences, etc. Scholarships generally range from $250 to $1,000. There is no formal application process, as student recipients are selected by the Department Head in consultation with the faculty. Interested students are encouraged to send a letter or e-mail to the Department Head during the Spring semester expressing interest in obtaining a scholarship for the upcoming academic year along with any information that might be helpful in determining a student's financial need, experiences and interests, future goals, etc.

Benjamin F. Barrentine Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Benjamin F. Barrentine received his B.S. in Chemistry from Mississippi State University, and an M.S. in Nutrition and Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University. He became Head of the Department of Agricultural Chemistry at Mississippi State University in 1958, which later was re-named and re-organized into the Department of Biochemistry (effective July 1, 1969). Dr. Barrentine was instrumental not only in the creation of the Department of Biochemistry, but also in Biochemistry becoming a full-fledged degree program (Bachelors of Science) at Mississippi State University (effective July 1, 1973) - the only undergraduate Biochemistry degree program in the State of Mississippi at that time.

Dr. Will D. Carpenter Scholarship
Dr. Carpenter is retired vice president and general manager of Monsanto Company's Agricultural Technology Division. For many years he was Director of Product Development for Monsanto's Agricultural Products Company in St. Louis, Missouri. A native of Moorhead, Mississippi, he received a B.S. degree in Agronomy from Mississippi State in 1952, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1956 and 1958, respectively, both in Plant Physiology from Purdue University. He joined Monsanto in 1958 as a research biochemist and enjoyed a most distinguished career with the company. In 1991, Dr. Carpenter was named the Alumni Fellow for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State University. He was an Executive in Residence at Mississippi State from 1992-95 and was named the Alumnus of the Year for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1997. As a continuation of his many MSU accomplishments, Dr. Carpenter was named the 2003 National Alumnus of the Year. In 2005, he served as commencement speaker at the December graduation where he was also given an Honorary Doctorate from the university.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has several scholarship opportunities for students pursuing majors within the College. Inquiries can be made through the Office of the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Deadlines for scholarship applications are usually in February, but consult the CALS website for updates and details throughout the year.

Mississippi State University Scholarships

Mississippi State University has a number of scholarships available for entering freshman, transfer students, students with superior academic performance, competitive scholarships in subject areas, etc. Additionally, the Shackouls Honor College assists MSU students with the Honors designation in preparing to compete for prestigious national and international scholarships.

Other Scholarship Opportunities