Florida Mosquito Control Foundation Scholarships

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The 2019 Florida Mosquito Control Foundation Scholarships application process is now open at https://bit.ly/2YhNfHs

Two scholarships are offered by the Florida Mosquito Control Foundation for students seeking degrees in fields related to arthropod control with emphasis on Public Health. The Cy Lesser Memorial Scholarship, and the T.W. Miller Scholarship.

Individuals may apply for both scholarships, however, the same student cannot be selected both scholarships in the same year. 

Previous winners are eligible to apply as long the scholarship requirements are met. 

Winners are expected to attend the annual FMCA meeting and attendance will be partially supported by the FMCF.

Applications (on-line) and college or university transcripts must be received no later than September 14th, 2019  to be considered. 

NOTE: Transcripts are to be mailed to Dr. Roxanne Connelly, CDC, 3156 Rampart Road, Fort Collins, CO  80521.

Make sure to plan extra time for the transcripts to be received by the deadline since they have to be mailed from the University.

You must complete the on-line application, IN ITS ENTIRETY, once you begin the process.

YOU CANNOT save your entered data and return at a later time to complete the submission.

You will need the following information to complete this submission; please have this information readily available:

  • Overall Grade Point Average
  • Major Grade Point Average
  • Credit Hours Completed

You will need to upload the following supporting documentation; please have these items ready to upload.

  • Proof of current enrollment at a Florida College or University.
  • One color headshot photograph of the applicant.
  • Statement describing your interest in public health entomology, career goals, and other factors pertinent to scholastic ability which illustrate qualifications for the scholarship (limited to 1000 words).

IMPORTANT! You will also need reference letters from three (3) persons (two of which are from professors from your academic institution) who are knowledgeable individuals attesting to your entomological interests, character, and aptitude.

Upon completion of this application, you will need to have your three reference statements emailed to: Roxanne Connelly Email:  csz5@cdc.gov.

Appropriate file formats for document uploads include: DOC, DOCX, PDF, and for pictures: JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, or PNG, File sizes are restricted to 10 Mb each.

Please have these documents available BEFORE beginning the submission process.

You will be receive an email confirming receipt of your application and that supporting documents have been successfully submitted to the FMCA.

For more information please contact:

Roxanne Connelly, PhD, BCE
Chair, FMCF Scholarship Committee

Eligibility Criteria are as follows:

Cy Lesser Memorial Scholarship Criteria:
The award of this scholarship is based upon course of study, financial need, and dedication to the profession. An applicant’s undergraduate academic record will be used by the FMCA’s Awards Committee to predict future promise.

  • The scholarship is open to any graduate or undergraduate student pursuing studies in the field of mosquito control, mosquito biology and/or vector management.
  • The scholarship is restricted to United States residents.
  • The student must be enrolled within an accredited US college or university.
  • It is preferable that the scholarship dollars be used for tuition, fees and/or textbook costs although scholarship dollars can be used for the best interest of the student and as determined by the student.

T.W. Miller Scholarship Criteria:

  • The student shall be an undergraduate or graduate. Undergraduates will have completed at least two years of academic study with a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • The student shall be a United States citizen residing in the state of Florida.
  • Undergraduates shall have maintained an overall grade point average of 3.0 (out of 4.0) during the last 2 years of academic study. Graduate students must have completed at least one full semester of graduate course work and shall have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (out of 4.0) for all graduate course work completed by September 14, 2019.
  • The student shall be enrolled in an accredited College or University in the state of Florida.
  • The student shall be majoring in a field of study having relevance to arthropod control and/or public health.
  • The student shall submit three letters of recommendation, two of which are from professors affiliated with an accredited College or University in which the student is enrolled.
  • Students who have worked previously (or currently) with a local mosquito control district or related organization or agency will receive extra consideration during the selection process. If not, awardees shall be encouraged to seek summer employment with a local mosquito control district for at least one summer during the award period.
  • The scholarship recipient will be provided a gratis membership in FMCA during the period of the award. The recipient is expected to attend an annual Florida Mosquito Control Association meeting. Graduate student recipients will be required to present a paper on their research during an FMCA meeting.