Ralph DeFalco was an internationally recognized serologist and Professor of Zoology at Rutgers University.  In addition to his scholarly and teaching activities he devoted much of his time to the counseling and placement of undergraduates in medical and dental schools.  It was his intense interest in the undergraduate as a student and as a person that endeared him to so many.

Eloise DeFalco was a medical technologist (MT, ASCP) and Teaching Assistant/Lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology at Raritan Valley Community College.  She, like her husband, derived great satisfaction from interaction with her students and in providing support and encouragement to them while they pursued their chosen healthcare profession.

To be awarded the scholarship, the student must demonstrate a high academic achievement and a potential for excellence in biology or a health related field.  The purpose of the award is to recognize past academic performance and to assist in the future undergraduate studies while at Rutgers.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship the student must:

  • demonstrate a high academic standing
  • applicants must be full-time seniors during the 2023-2024 academic year, in the School of Arts and Sciences
  • be majoring in one of the four majors within the Division of Life Sciences
    • 119 -  Biological Sciences
    • 146  - Cell Biology and Neuroscience
    • 447 - Genetics
    • 694 -  Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Six awards of $1,500 each for 2023-2024 are anticipated.

Each candidate should email their application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Monday, April 8, 2024.

Spring 2024-2025 application

Please submit an unofficial transcript and attach a personal essay (500-word minimum) describing your career goals and what you have done and plan to do toward achieving your aspirations.  It would also help the selection committee if you were to explain the significance of this award to you, financially and otherwise.


Representatives in the Office of Undergraduate Education, Division of Life Sciences will select candidates and final selections will be based on materials submitted. By submitting this application, you are also consenting to your materials being shared with the Selection Committee and the DeFalco family.