Dr. William J. Campbell

Director, School of Biological Sciences




Zumwalt Scholarship Awarded to Two Students in Biological Sciences


The Zumwalt Scholarship in Environmental Science and Evolution was awarded to two students this spring for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The scholarship was created in honor and memory of Dr. Gary Zumwalt, a Professor of Geology at Louisiana Tech University who passed away in 2015.  Students who are awarded this scholarship demonstrate a passion for ecology, evolution, and environmental science as demonstrated through their involvement in research, extracurricular activities, and outside employment.  This year’s recipients are master’s student, Casey Morin, and undergraduate Maggie Herrmann.  


caseyCasey Morin recently completed his first year in the master’s program in Biological Sciences under the advisement of Dr. Natalie Clay in the field of entomology. “Ants in particular are my main area of interest and with much still to be learned and discovered I am very excited for a career in this field,” explains Casey.  Following completion of his master’s degree, Casey plans to become either a museum curator of entomology or a professor at a university.  


maggieMaggie Herrmann is a junior environmental science major who, after the BP oil spill, during the continued erosion of the Louisiana coastline, and the great floods, realized she wanted to do something that had the ability to benefit people from all walks of life and care about something before it was taken away. Currently, Maggie is completing her degree in Environmental Science and minoring in Education and plans to attend Law school to pursue Environmental Law in order to “protect something that can’t protect itself, and teach people to care for what they have and appreciate the environment.”


To be eligible for the scholarship, undergraduate students must  be full-time students having completed at least 40 hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0, graduate students also require an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, and both must demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in environmental science, ecology, or evolution.  The scholarship is in its first year of fundraising to become an endowed scholarship that will annually provide funds to recognize students who shared Dr. Zumwalt’s passion for the environment.  To donate to the scholarship fund you may send a check payable to Louisiana Tech Foundation with the designation that it is for the Zumwalt Scholarship Fund.  Checks may be mailed to: Louisiana Tech University Foundation, PO Box 3183, Ruston, LA 71272.  For more information you may contact the foundation office at (318) 255-7950 or Ms. Penny Humphries, Director of Development for the College of Applied and Natural Sciences at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .