Two scholarships are offered by the Florida Mosquito Control Foundation for students seeking degrees in fields related to arthropod control with emphasis on Public Health. Individuals may apply for both scholarships, however, the same student cannot be selected both scholarships in the same year. Previous winners are eligible to apply as long the scholarship requirements are met. Winners are expected to attend the annual FMCA meeting and attendance will be partially supported by the FMCF.

T. Wainwright Miller Scholarship

The T. Wainwright Miller, Jr. Florida Mosquito Control Association Scholarship is managed and awarded by the Foundation. The purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage and assist students having a major in Biological, Ecological and/or Entomological studies who are seeking degrees relevant to arthropod control, with particular emphasis on Public Health fields. First place recipients will receive a one-time scholarship award of $2,000.00

T. Wainwright Miller, a fourth generation Floridian, began his public service career at the age of 14, spending two years in Washington D.C. in the House of Representatives under the wing of Congressman Joe Hendricks. Born in Clearwater and raised in Kissimmee, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II before earning a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. In 1988, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Business Administration by Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Louisiana, and Massachusetts. Mr. Miller moved to Ft. Myers in 1956, where he helped establish the Lee County Mosquito Control District and administered programs in Lee County for mosquito and aquatic weed control until his retirement in 1994. He served as President of the Florida Anti-Mosquito Association and the Aquatic Plant Management Society and served as Secretary for both organizations for ten years. He also served as Secretary of the American Mosquito Control Association for seven years. He was named Engineer of the Year by the Calusa Chapter of the American Society of Civil engineers in 1989, and again by the Southwest Florida Chapter in 1993. Also in 1993 he was named to the Hall of Success at Georgia Tech and in 1997 was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame. Mr. Miller has served as Trustee, President and CEO of the John E. and Aliese Price Foundation since 1983.

Previous Winners of the T. Wainwright Miller, Jr. FMCA Scholarship

Year Awarded Award Recipient Affiliation
2008 1st Place Stephanie Larrick University of Florida
2008 2nd Place Whitney Swan University of Florida
2009 1st Place Aaron Lloyd University of Florida
2009 2nd Place Whitney Swan University of Florida
2010 1st Place Natasha Marie Elejalde University of Florida
2010 2nd Place Sheri Anderson University of Florida
2011 1st Place Ali Messenger University of Florida
2011 2nd Place Whitney Swan University of Florida
2012 1st Place Kylie Zirbel University of Florida
2012 2nd Place Eva Buckner University of Florida
2013 1st Place Eva Buckner University of Florida
2013 2nd Place Robert Aldridge University of Florida
2013 2nd Place Kylie Zirbel University of Florida
2014 1st Place Jill Ulrich University of Miami
2015 1st Place Catherine Pruszynski Florida Keys Mosquito Control
2016 1st Place Rebecca Zimler University of Florida
2017 1st Place Casey Parker University of Florida
2018 1st Place Christopher Bibbs University of Florida
2018 2nd Place Joshua Raji Florida International University
2019 1st Place Stephanie Mundis University of Florida
2020 Kristin Sloyer

Cyrus R. Lesser Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Cyrus R. Lesser Memorial Scholarship Fund is managed and awarded by the Florida Mosquito Control Foundation. The purpose of the scholarship is to foster future learning in the field of mosquito control and vector biology. Awards will be made annually and governed by five (5) trustees of various mosquito control entities. The trustees shall make selections after review of all applications, without consideration towards sex, race, age, or religion. This Scholarship shall be awarded to the recipients at the Florida Mosquito Control Association Fall Annual Meeting in November each year. The annual award is $2,000.00.

Cyrus R. Lesser worked in the field of mosquito control for 38 years until his unexpected passing in 2007. Cy started his career in the State of Maryland as the Biologist for the Mosquito Control Section, later as the Program Manager and finally as Chief of Operations. Cy was also past President of the American Mosquito Control Association, served on the Board of Directors for the AMCA for 6 years, and held numerous professional awards and recognitions. Cy was a forward-thinker, a leader and an invaluable industry resource and mentor. In memory of Cy, members of the profession, industry, and family established this scholarship to support graduate and/or undergraduate research in the field of operational mosquito control.

Scholarship Criteria:

  1. The award of this scholarship is based upon course of study, financial need, and dedication to the profession. An applicant’s undergraduate academic record will be used by the FMCA’s Awards Committee to predict future promise.
  2. The scholarship is open to any graduate or undergraduate student pursuing studies in the field of mosquito control, mosquito biology and/or vector management.
  3. The scholarship is restricted to United States residents.
  4. The student must be enrolled within an accredited US college or university.
  5. It is preferable that the scholarship dollars be used for tuition, fees and/or textbook costs although scholarship dollars can be used for the best interest of the student and as determined by the student.

Previous Winners of the Cy Lesser FMCA Scholarship

Year Awarded Recipient Affiliation
2014 Edward Foley IV Florida Gulf Coast University
2015 Casey Parker University of Florida
2016 Robert Aldridge University of Florida
2017 Christopher Bibbs University of Florida
2018 Casey Parker University of Florida
2019 Alexandria Watkins Florida Gulf Coast University
2020 Remy Powell

Application Information and Application Form

Please read the instructions below COMPLETELY and gather all pertinent information prior to clicking the “APPLY HERE” button submit an application for an FMCA Scholarship.

Applications and college or university transcripts must received no later than September 1 to be considered. NOTE: Transcripts are to be mailed to Whitney Qualls, Anastasia Mosquito Control District, 120 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, Florida 32092. Make sure to plan extra time for the transcripts to be received by the deadline since they have to be mailed from the University.

You must complete the application, IN ITS ENTIRETY, once you begin the process. YOU CANNOT save your entered data and return at a later time to complete the submission.

You will need the following information to complete this submission; please have this information readily available:

  • Overall Grade Point Average
  • Major Grade Point Average
  • Credit Hours Completed

You will need to upload the following supporting documentation; please have these items ready to upload.

  • Proof of current enrollment at a Florida College or University.
  • One color headshot photograph of the applicant.
  • Statement describing your interest in public health entomology, career goals, and other factors pertinent to scholastic ability which illustrate qualifications for the scholarship (limited to 1000 words).

IMPORTANT! You will also need reference letters from three (3) persons (two of which are from professors from your academic institution) who are knowledgeable individuals attesting to your entomological interests, character, and aptitude. Upon completion of this application, you will need to have your three reference statements emailed to: Whitney Qualls Email: [email protected]

Appropriate file formats for document uploads include: DOC, DOCX, PDF, and for pictures: JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, or PNG, File sizes are restricted to 10 Mb each. Please have these documents available BEFORE beginning the submission process.

You will be receive an email confirming receipt of your application and that supporting documents have been successfully submitted to the FMCA.

Applications and college or university transcripts must be submitted by September 1, 2021.

For more information please contact:

Whitney Qualls
Anastasia Mosquito Control District
120 EOC Drive
St. Augustine, Florida 32092
Email: [email protected]

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