George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship

The George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 by Mrs. Sheila Garrett to honor her late husband George Williams Garrett. Mr. Garrett, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, was a mathematician and systems analyst. Mrs. Garrett is a medical technologist whose career spanned 45 years. The Garrett family is devoted to scientific research, especially research focused on medical applications. The George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship provides $1000 support to students in the Honors College at Appalachian who are interested in pursuing careers in scientific research. Honors College students in good standing and performing research in fields related to the Biomedical field are eligible to apply for this award. This scholarship is awarded directly to the student's account and may be used for cost of attendance or to fund expenses outside of the classroom such as those associated with research or travel. The scholarship is open to students in all fields of science, but preference shall be given to students who are planning on a career in Medicine and medical research. The award may be renewable

This scholarship may not be used to cover food and beverage expenses or gift certificate/gift card purchases.


Applications for the George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship will open November 7, 2023 and must be submitted along with all supporting materials by 11:55 pm on November 20, 2023. We anticipate notifying awardees by December 15, 2023.

Application process

We encourage you to work with your thesis mentor to complete the following steps in preparation for your application.

  1. Determine your thesis project title. This could change going forward, but is the title you will be using for this proposal.
  2. Create a non-scientific summary of the proposed work. This summary should briefly describe in non-scientific terms (as if it were to appear as a newspaper article) the purpose and importance of your work. Include statements of the purpose and aims of your research (Max 1000 characters including spaces).
  3. Create a project description. This more formal proposal should describe the objectives, specific aims, and experimental design of your project. (Max 3000 characters including spaces).
  4. Make sure you have begun the appropriate research protections procedures: IRB (human subjects research) approval, IACUC (animal subjects research) approval, and/or IBC (DNA recombinant molecule research) approval.
  5. Arrange for your thesis mentor to write a letter of support for your application. Let them know that after you submit your application, they will receive an email request to upload this letter into the scholarship portal. This letter must be submitted by November 20, 2023 for your application to complete.

Follow this link to access the George Williams Garrett Memorial Scholarship application portal. 


Previous award recipients

Garrett Scholarship Selection Committee

Dr. Herman van Werkhoven  (Health and Exercise Science - Term 2023-26)
Dr. Megen Culpepper (Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences - Term 2022-25)
Dr. Ted Zerucha (Biology - Term 2021-24)