CU Denver Phyllis Weisheit Schultz Scholarship

Published: June 22, 2022

You are invited to apply for the CU Denver Phyllis Weisheit Schultz Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to students who show great promise and demonstrate academic excellence. Scholarship awardees will receive a certificate, a $1500 prize, and recognition on university webpage(s) and newsletter(s).

To be eligible for this award, a student must be currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior at CU Denver. Students must have a declared major or minor in biology and an established GPA at CU Denver. Graduating students are not eligible.

Candidates must submit an online application including the documents listed below. Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee.

Application Materials:

1. Letter - One page typed (single-spaced) and should address the following criteria:

  • Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activities
  • Contributions to the Community (including the University)
  • Future Goals

2. Resume - One page typed (single-spaced) and should include the following criteria:

  • Education
  • Research, Creative Activities, Internships
  • Employment
  • Community Service & Outreach

3. University of Colorado Transcript - The transcript does not need to be official and can be retrieved from UCDAccess.

4. Contact information for a reference - Please include the name and email address of one CU Denver Biology faculty member that could be contacted as a reference if you are selected as a finalist.

Online Application:

Please apply online here: CU Denver Phyllis Weisheit Schultz Scholarship Application

            Keyword: “Schultz”

Application Deadline: June 1, 2022

If you have any questions, please contact

About Dr. Phyllis Weisheit Schultz:

Dr. Phyllis Weisheit Schultz was a founding faculty member of the CU Denver Biology Department. She received her undergraduate and graduate education primarily at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied Zoology (specifically vertebrate embryology) but also studied geology, with avid interests in paleontology. She began her teaching career as a TA in Cincinnati in 1944, and came to the University of Colorado Boulder in 1960 to teach in the Environmental, Population, and Organismic (EPO) Biology Department. She taught night, honorarium courses in Denver (at what was then the CU Extension Center) until she was hired by the Boulder Biology Department as the first full-time faculty member assigned to the Denver Campus.  When Denver got its own Biology Department (with 3 faculty and a graduate TA) she was made the Chair.  She was regarded as one of the finest instructors at CU Denver by students and colleagues during her tenure at the university. Dr. Charles Ferguson, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology and a student of Schultz’s, counts Schultz as one of the most pivotal people in his career, and describes her as “an amazing and dedicated teacher.”  Similarly, Professor Diana Tomback indicated “She knew and loved vertebrate embryology and had a masterful artistic skill.  Back in the days before PowerPoint and computers, she would arrive for class 15 to 20 min early and draw on the board incredibly beautiful diagrams of developing embryos using multi-colored chalk; she would then lecture using these illustrations.” Dr. Schultz was awarded the University Medal in 1985 and retired in 1987. A longtime supporter of the university, she was immensely proud when the Biology department established the Phyllis Weisheit Schultz Scholarship Fund in 1990 to celebrate her legacy.

Jaimie Carrington

Program Director: Undergraduate Recruitment, Retention, and Student Success

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Office of Inclusive Excellence in STEM

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