Financial Support & Scholarships

Shoals Marine Laboratory is committed to making our courses affordable for all!
  Two out of three Shoals Marine Laboratory students received financial assistance last year!
  Every student who qualifies for need-based assistance receives an SML scholarship.
•  Financial support includes need-based, merit-based, and multi-course awards... and more!


Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are available to undergraduate students only, and applying is easy! If you have already completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then you already have a Student Aid Report (SAR), and know your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

To apply for a need-based scholarship, send an email to shoals.lab@unh.edu or fax to (603) 862-3151 with the following information:

  1. The SML course(s) you want to enroll in
  2. Cornell and UNH students should include their student ID number
  3. PDF of your most recent SAR with EFC (from FAFSA)

Once you have your need-based award, go to our Admissions Page and follow the steps to enroll and register.

Important note: If you apply for both a need-based and merit-based scholarship, your need-based assistance will be recalculated based on the amount of merit received.


Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are available to undergraduate students only. Minimum scholarship award is $3,000. GPA of at least 3.2 required. Deadline for receipt of all application materials is:

Cornell undergraduates: 11:59pm on February 11, 2019

UNH undergraduates: 11:59pm on March 1, 2019

Other undergraduates: 11:59pm on March 1, 2019

To apply for a merit-based scholarship, send an email to shoals.lab@unh.edu or fax to (603) 862-3151 with the following information:

  1. The SML course(s) in which you want to enroll
  2. All college transcripts (include as PDFs or have sent from your Registrar's office – official copies required)
  3. Cornell and UNH students should include their student ID 
  4. One-page essay stating what it would mean for you to take a course at SML
  5. (If applicable) PDF of your most recent SAR with EFC (from FAFSA)

 If you receive a merit-based award, go to our Admissions Page and follow the steps to enroll and register.

Important note: If you apply for both a need-based and merit-based scholarship, your need-based scholarship will not be processed until the merit decisions have been made.


Multi-course Awards

SML offers automatic awards to students (undergraduate and high school) who enroll in multple SML courses in the same summer. All students pay standard Tuition and Fees for their first course, then for additional courses:

Second Course Award $500.00
Third Course Award $1,000.00
Fourth Course Award $1,500.00

Course-specific Scholarships

Students in any SML course can apply for need-based and/or merit-based scholarships (see above). In addition, students who enroll in certain courses are eligible for the following course-specific scholarships or awards:

 

Eligibility: Any student (Cornell, UNH, or other institution) may apply.

To apply for a Marine Ecological Genomics scholarship, send an email to shoals.lab@unh.edu or fax to (603) 862-3151 with the following information:

  1. The SML course(s) in which you want to enroll.
  2. All college transcripts (include as PDFs or have sent from your Registrar's office – official copies required)
  3. Cornell and UNH students should include their student ID 
  4. One-page essay stating what it would mean for you to take Marine Ecological Genomics at SML
  5. (If applicable) PDF of your most recent SAR with EFC (from FAFSA)

Deadline to apply: Accepted on a rolling basis

 

Eligibility: Only students from outside Cornell and UNH are eligible.

All students from other institutions will automatically receive this $1,000 award when enrolling in Marine Mammal Biology.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and its Gills Club are offering one full-ride scholarship for Shark Biology and Conservation at SML this summer! Click here for scholarship details and application instructions.

Logo for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Gills Club

Appledore Ambassador Scholarship

Bringing back a Shoals alumni favorite! Returning students (current undergrads who have previously taken an SML course) who refer a friend or classmate to enroll at SML in 2018 will receive a $500 award towards their own 2018 course fees. If you have previously taken a course at SML and want to take another, this award is designed specifically for you. Help us spread the word about SML! Students are our best ambassadors! 

photo of smiling shoals students and friends in the intertidal
Shoal-mates are the best mates!

Other Scholarships

Lewis Family Foundation Scholarships: 
The Lewis Family Foundation is generously supporting scholarships for SML students from specific communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire:

  • Dorchester, MA
  • Mattapan, MA
  • Roxbury, MA
  • Exeter, NH
  • Kensington, NH

These scholarships cover the full cost of tuition for one SML course per student. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. To apply for a Lewis Family Foundation Scholarship, send an email to shoals.lab@unh.edu or fax to (603) 862-3151 with the following information:

  1. The SML course(s) you want to enroll in
  2. High school or college transcript
  3. Letter of recommendation from a science teacher or guidance counselor/advisor
  4. One-page essay stating what it would mean for you to take a course at SML

Institution-specific scholarships:
SML works with a variety of other institutions to provide scholarships for students interested in SML courses or research opportunities. Students from these schools should contact their SML Academic Coordinator (Dr. Liz Craig, ecc79@cornell.edu) for details about the institution-specific scholarships for which they might be eligible.

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Other relevant organizations: Beyond scholarships provided by SML, our partner institutions, and our generous supporters, a wide variety of organizations (locally, nationally, and globally) offer external scholarships that are relevant to SML students. This is not an exhaustive list, but a selection of several scholarships that could apply to SML students:


Student Staff Opportunities

Offset the cost of taking an SML course by getting a student staff job before or after your course (you cannot work during your course). SML student staff is open to all students who enroll in an SML undergraduate summer course, regardless of Federal work-study status. You must be taking an undergraduate course at SML to be eligible for a student staff job.

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Have a question?

E-mail shoals.lab@unh.edu for help or contact an SML Academic Coordinator:

Cornell Students

E-mail Dr. Eugene Won

UNH Students

E-mail Dr. Gregg Moore

Other College & High School Students

E-mail Dr. Liz Craig