Established by the Indiana Daffodil Society. The group began sponsoring annual scholarships to students at IU (as the Indiana Daffodil Society Scholarship), Ball State University, and Purdue in 2011. The awards are intended to help upper level undergraduate students with their studies in botany, horticulture and landscape design. In 2014, the scholarship was opened to graduate students as well. The group decided to rename IU's scholarship in 2016, now calling it the Sarah Elizabeth Frey Indiana Daffodil, Inc. Scholarship to honor Libby Frey, who for many years supplied cut daffodils for the IU Department of Biology's annual student award ceremony.
Sarah Elizabeth Frey Indiana Daffodil, Inc. Scholarship Requirements
Any junior or senior obtaining an undergraduate degree from the Department of Biology, with an emphasis of study in botany, preferably ornamental crops.
The group is opposed to supporting genetic modification of plants that bypass natural selection. Acceptable areas of interest include plant breeding (providing any deliberate genetic crosses use naturally isolated alleles); genetics; ecology (natural culture conditions); and plant evolution.
Students in the field of plant molecular biology or biochemistry are able to apply as long as work in these fields does not directly produce or optimize strains that would be used in the field.
Preference will be given to an applicant with a strong interest or experience in the growing, breeding, and/or showing of daffodils.
Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or better.
Must be a U.S. resident, with preference given to residents of Indiana. Not sure you are a resident? See the Rules Determining Resident and Nonresident Student Status on the Registrar’s website.
Financial need is one of the criteria the society wishes to have considered, so be sure to address this issue in your personal statement.
The recipient must attend one of the Indiana Daffodil Society events held at Holliday Park in Indianapolis, IN, or at the Bloomington Farmers' Market during the year following his or her award.
Award amounts vary from year to year. Most Department of Biology awards are between $500 and $3000; a few are larger.
How to apply
Application deadline has been extended to February 19, 2021.
Application materials will include a minimum of your curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation.
Additional application materials for this award:
The applicant’s personal statement should detail his or her qualifications for the award, including any extracurricular or volunteer work. Financial need should also be addressed in the statement.
Two letters of support are required, one of which must be from a faculty member.
New way to apply being implemented
We are pleased to announce that applying to Biology funding opportunities is shifting to a streamlined process in One.IU.
Students will have a single portal for finding funding. The system will also optimize opportunities by matching you to recommended awards of which you might not otherwise be aware.
To get started, you must initiate a general application by answering 5 required questions and electronically signing before submitting. The application contains many questions designed for undergraduate applicants to IU. Continuing undergraduate and graduate students need only complete the required pieces. The general application may be created at any time during the academic year.
NOTE: One of the required questions is whether you have or will file a FAFSA for the coming year. Because some funding opportunities are given to students who demonstrate financial need, please consider the filing the FAFSA to provide the greatest access to funding.
For Biology awards, you must upload a current resume, a personal statement, and the email address of a faculty member who will supply a letter of recommendation. Refer to specific awards for additional required materials. The capability to submit these materials was added to individual funding applications.
You will be sent emails about specific opportunities for which you are initially eligible, but may need to provide additional materials. These opportunities will tell you exactly what is needed—including your resume, personal statement, and letter of recommendation.
Start your general application today! Search in One.IU for the “IU Scholarships” tile.
Recommendations and nominations
Department of Biology faculty and postdoc fellows will be emailed a link to a web page where they may upload their recommendation letters. Non-departmental science faculty and science postdocs should contact the Department of Biology’s undergraduate advising office for assistance.
Student awards ceremony
Recipients of this award will be recognized at an online student awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021.