October 23, 2017


Zoology is a career choice that seems to be one of the most stable in that long list of majors.  If you have any love of animals, and if you have a mind for the medical industry, then this is by far the best way to get the best of both worlds.  Of course, there will be a good deal of schooling involved to get you to your goals, but you will have a rewarding career that will keep you very busy.  Also, bear in mind that not everyone with a zoology degree has to be a “Zoologist”.  There are tons of ways to put that major to work.  The best part about that major is the fact that there are truckloads of money from the government, charitable organizations, and the private sector that you can have to pay your rather large tuition costs.


The Advantages of Zoology

First, it is important to note that the opportunities will be everywhere.  Our world, economy, and even personal lives usually somehow involve animals.  So, it does not matter where you go, you will always have access to a rather high-paying and rewarding job.  In addition to that, these positions usually do not have extensive competition (like they would in the medical world), and they are not region prohibitive (like they are in Marine biology).  Usually, when it comes to majors, the job opportunities are equally proportionate to the scholarship opportunities.  In the case of zoology, it takes a long time to get to the bottom of that barrel.


Scholarship Opportunities: The Nature of Zoology

The beauty about this major is the fact that there is no shortage of scholarships for this field.  It is the very simple fact that you will be able to find an unlimited supply of organizations (and even businesses) who deal with animals on a regular basis.  Animals are complex creatures, and it takes someone trained to know what they are doing.

There are thousands of organizations tied to zoology.  For instance, you can work for the ASPCA or even PETA if you are looking for a non-profit lobbying organization.  Also, there is the WWF, which is connected to the UN (AKA: a bottomless pit of scholarship funding.)  Also, you will be able to get jobs and scholarships with city zoos (The Columbus Zoo and the San Diego Zoo), as well as finding money from corporations that deal with farming.

Among some of the many, here are a few that should give you a head start.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison-

scholarships include awards for research projects. Awards are open to undergraduate students who must conduct research specific to projects for their major. These are not intended for off-campus study. Up to $1,000 in awards.

The University of Texas-Austin-

offers a graduate level program called, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Participants may qualify for the support through the Zoology Scholarship Endowment for Excellence, a funding program from which generous fellowships may be pulled for the most outstanding students.

Zoology students at the University of Florida-

may apply for the Robert B. Short Scholarship in Zoology. Eligible applicants must be graduate students or undergrads in heavy-duty research. Criteria are also based on financial need for the funding and academic record.

The M. Blanche Adams and M. Frances Adams Scholarships-

for undergraduate and graduate zoology students at the University of Oklahoma help outstanding students with their program tuition. These generous scholarships emphasize academics and career goals in relation to the major. General awards may be as much as $3,000 and graduate assistantships as much as $5,000. Within the Adams Scholarships there are also Summer Research Scholarships that give undergrad and grad students up to $2,500.

The Zoology and Physiology Department at the University of Wyoming-

focuses heavily on wildlife management, especially fisheries. This supports the argument that the field of zoology can include a diverse range of professions. Scholarships emphasize fisheries:

  • Popo Agie Anglers Fisheries Scholarships are awarded to Wyoming natives with high academic ideals.
  • Michael Yamikovich Memorial Scholarship.
  • Reed Fauten Memorial Scholarship goes to students interested in wildlife management.