The department will present an award to a current student in entomology or plant pathology for the purpose of upgrading their knowledge base and acquiring an advanced degree to better compete within the market place. The nominee should demonstrate that they have applied themselves through research, teaching, and service. An award of $500 will be presented at the Department’s Annual Winter Banquet. In any given year should no nominations be received by the November 15 deadline or should none of the nominees have an outstanding academic, research and service record, the Award will not be presented. The scholarship will assist students with tuition, books and supplies, and be available on a competitive basis. This fund is established to assist students who are not able to devote the time to the classroom and research required of students on traditional, full-time research or teaching assistantships. 
Eligibility Requirements:
The department will present an award  to a student demonstrating a prolonged graduate career.  Criteria for the award:
1.      Students who are entering graduate school to increase their marketability after an absence from the workplace, or students who wish to     
   retrain while
employed (provided employee educational benefits are not available to them) are eligible.
2.      Students must be working toward the Master of Science degree in Entomology and Plant Pathology.
3.      Students who are receiving a graduate teaching or research assistantship are ineligible.
4.      This one time award will consist of $500 for the selected candidate.
How to Apply: A call for nominations is issued by the Chair of the Awards, Scholarships, Fellowships Committee ca. October 1. The major advisor, another faculty member, or student may submit letters of nomination. The deadline for submission is November 15. Nominees must not have completed their degree program at the time of presentation of the award. Nominees must not have previously received the award for which they are nominated. A copy of the nominee's vita and/or University of Tennessee transcript must be attached to the letter of nomination to the Scholarship Committee.
1.  If selected, the student must attend the department’s annual winter awards banquet.
2.  Awards will be based upon the need for an advanced degree to enhance their marketability, academic, research, and service performance while serving as a member of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee.
3.  Application packages should include:
          a.  Letter of nomination
                        i. Evidence of significant contributions and progress in research such as presentations at professional meetings, leadership, cooperation in dealing with faculty, students, staff and other researchers, publication record for students (published, in press or in review)
                        ii. Evidence of significant contributions in service and leadership to the department, college, university, nation and professional societies such as participation in committees, departmental functions, seminars, lecturer series, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society, Commodity meetings, etc.
                b. Applicant letter summarizing academic background, research, and future goals
                c. Applicant CV and University of Tennessee transcript