Northwest Shell Club
Scholarship - Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of research qualifies for the scholarship?
research must be malacological in nature with the mollusk being the
main focus of the research. The typical winner is doing
research on a specific species or family of
mollusk to understand more about the life cycle, feeding habits,
reproduction, growth or the
effects of environmental change on that species. The mollusk
may be a native of the Pacific Northwest or an introduced species.
Did your award amount change?
we have simplified our funding system to a fixed award amount. We
previously had a fluctuating amount based on our funds and the
number of applicants. The fund would be divided
among finalists. Instead we have chosen a set amount that is
typical of the award given
per student in recent
years. In some years, multiple award winners are possible. We
reserve the right to increase an individual award for an
exceptional research proposal.
Can my application be longer than 3 pages? We would prefer if it was kept to three pages or less, however you won't be penalized if you absolutely cannot convey
your project within that space. You are
completely free to maximize your margins and spacing to fit as much on
a page as possible.Do I need to list references or a bibliography? No,
these are not required. Letters of recommendation, resumes and
transcripts are also not required and will not be used in
the decision-making process.How detailed does my itemized list of expenses need to be? We would like to see a clear representation of how the funds would be used. However, it is not necessary to list every
item of lab equipment. We assume "miscellaneous lab
supplies" includes the standard paraphenalia one might find in any lab.
or unusual pieces of equipment or materials, or ones which need to be purchased in very large quantities, should be listed
separately. Expenses should relate directly to the process of doing your research.
What if I email my application and do not receive an acknowledgement? Email us again if you do not receive an acknowledgement within two days. Your email may have gotten misdirected or
lost by the servers. Generally, acknowledgements are
sent within hours if not by the end of the day it was received.
Don't wait until the last minute to email it. Please use an email address which you check regularly! What if my application is late? Late
applications are not accepted. We announce the scholarship to the
schools in January so we feel there is plenty of time to send it in by April 1st. Can I send my application in much earlier than April 1st? Absolutely. This assures you that there is plenty of time to know it was received and acknowledged. However, applications are not reviewed until after April 1st, so there is no preference given to those sent in early.When are the recipients notified? All students who applied for a scholarship will be notified before June 1st, whether they won a scholarship or not. It usually occurs around early to mid May. Notification is via email.
What is the newsletter I will receive?
Our club newsletter, The Dredgings, is published 6 times a year. It is a combination of scientific articles and the social happenings in our
club. Each winning student will receive the
newsletter via email. Many of our students contribute an article
to the newsletter. Items of
be submitted at any time, not necessarily just at the conclusion of
your research. A number of our students opt to continue
receiving the newsletter after they have completed their degree. Home About Us Meetings&Events Articles Northwest Shells Links Contact Us Site Map
This page last revised: 2-7-2019