Samuel M. Taylor Memorial Life Sciences Scholarship

Samuel M. Taylor Memorial Life Sciences Scholarship

Samuel M. Taylor ScholarshipThe Samuel M. Taylor Scholarship was established in memory of Sam Taylor, a founder and president of NCBIO, the trade association for life science companies in North Carolina.  Sam was passionate about North Carolina’s life sciences industry and served at NCBIO’s helm for more than 25 years. He was instrumental in the establishment of the NCBioImpact training program to support the growth of biopharma manufacturing in our state and ensure training opportunities for North Carolinians seeking a career in the industry.  BioNetwork, the life science training initiative of the North Carolina Community College System, is a key member of the NCBioImpact collaborative.

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To honor Sam Taylor’s memory, companies, other entities and individuals contributed to a fund established with the NC Community Colleges Foundation, Inc. to provide scholarships for students taking life sciences courses in an associate degree program. 

Scholarships will be distributed annually.  Students participating in a full-time curriculum degree program of 12 hours or more per semester will receive $3,000 per year ($1,500 per semester) to cover tuition, fees, and books.

To qualify, the applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be residents of North Carolina and eligible for in-state tuition
  • Be enrolled in life science courses in one of the following programs:
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average at or above the level required for graduation
  • Continue enrollment for the duration of the scholarship at the college where they were enrolled at the time of the scholarship award
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Preference may be given to students with limited financial aid from other programs.
  • Complete the NC Community Colleges General Scholarship Application form. Contact your local community college for more information.
  • Submit an essay stating why they are interested in the life science field of study, their goals once they have completed the course of study, and how the scholarship will help them financially.

For more information, please contact

Vernon Shoaf
Senior Director of BioNetwork

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Scholarship Timeline for 2023-2024
From Student to College
Due Friday, July 7, 2023
From College to System Office
Due Friday, July 14, 2023
Review date Friday, July 28, 2023
Awards announced Friday, August 4, 2023

FileThe student scholarship application should be submitted to your local community college financial aid office by the date above.

The college financial aid office will submit all applications to the NC Community College System by the date above. Submit applications and essays electronically to:

Brenda Burgess at

Recipients of the scholarships will be selected each year by the scholarship committee of the North Carolina Community College System along with two individuals designated by NCBIO.

Factors considered in the selection process include but are not limited to financial need, scholarship achievement, designated goals, and demonstrated interest in pursuing a life science career in North Carolina. Scholarship candidates shall be selected and the scholarships awarded without regard to race, gender, color, creed, religious preference, age, national origin or disability.

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