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Chemistry & Biochemistry Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry annually.  Students must apply each year usually between February and March. Scholarships are awarded based on the criteria established by the donors.  Students can find information about the scholarship application on the department website or in C104 BNSN.

Kenneth W. Brighton Scholarship
The Kenneth W. Brighton Scholarship awards a student half-tuition for Fall and Winter Semesters.  It is given in memory of Kenneth W. Brighton, who while a chemistry student at the University of Utah, received a generous scholarship that allowed him to accelerate his education.  He completed his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins and enjoyed a successful career as an industrial chemist with the American Can Company.

H. Tracy Hall Scholarship
The H. Tracy Hall Scholarship awards a student half-tuition for Fall and Winter Semesters.  Professor H. Tracy Hall was an emeritus member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry where he spent 26 years of teaching and research in the field of high pressure and high temperatures.  Professor Hall invented the process for making industrial diamonds, first with General Electric and second using newly invented presses at BYU.  Dr. Hall passed away on July 25, 2008.

Ida Tanner Hamblin
The Ida Tanner Hamblin Scholarship awards a female student half-tuition for Fall and Winter Semesters.  Mrs. Hamblin was trained at BYU as a dietician, but she had taken enough hours in chemistry that she could have graduated with a degree in chemistry.  In a communication with her husband at the time the scholarship was initiated, he stated that Mrs. Hamblin was the first woman to graduate from BYU with enough hours to have a chemistry degree.

Boyd A. Waite

The Boyd A. Waite Scholarship awards a student half-tuition for Fall and Winter Semesters.  Dr. Waite received his B.S. Degree in Chemistry at Brigham Young University in 1978.  As a student at BYU, he helped many fellow students.  He helped students with their homework, he took time to explain concepts to students when questions remained after a lecture, and he constantly exhibited curiosity during the labs such that students were motivated to gain more knowledge.

Byron J. Wilson
The Byron J. Wilson Scholarship awards a student half-tuition for Fall and Winter Semesters.
Dr. Wilson was a professor of chemistry at BYU for 31 years.  Students appreciated Professor Wilson’s well-prepared lectures complete with colorful examples and anecdotes that relate chemical principles in everyday life.  His presentations made chemistry come alive for his students.

Hiram and Permelia Dayton Scholarships
The Hiram and Permelia Dayton Scholarships award two biochemistry students half-tuition for Fall and Winter Semesters, and are renewable with continued qualification. Hiram and Permelia Dayton were taught the restored gospel and baptized by the Prophet Joseph Smith in Ohio in 1832. Persecution changed their lives almost immediately. They joined the saints and traveled to the Salt Lake Valley, arriving in October 1849. Their faith, devotion, courage, perseverance and church service are commemorated by this scholarship.

Dennis V. and Shirley J. Knudson Scholarship
The Dennis V. and Shirley J. Knudson Scholarship awards half-tuition scholarships to students with career interests in environmental chemistry or chemistry education.  It is given in memory of Dennis V. Knudson, a BYU Chemistry graduate, who had a career in environmental engineering focused on developing oil refinery waste systems that would not negatively impact the environment. Dennis was frugal by nature whether it was with money, or natural resources. His frugal living provided for this endowed scholarship.

Parley Nels and P. LeRoi Nelson Scholarship
The Parley Nels and P. LeRoi Nelson Scholarship awards half tuition for Fall and Winter Semesters to students with financial need, majoring in chemistry, who have exhibited leadership and scholastic ability.  Dr. K. LeRoi Nelson established this scholarship in honor of his grandfather and father.  Dr. K. LeRoi Nelson, a graduate of Utah State University and Purdue University, began his career at BYU in 1956, serving as chair of the department from 1968-1971.  He retired in 1990, but continues to check in with the current department chair to get a report on the “state of the department.”