“Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature.” — Martin H. Fischer

Dr. John F. Sheehan Scholarship

Dr. John F. Sheehan, a distinguished member of the Creighton Faculty from 1930 to 1989, served as Chairman of the Department of Biology from the early 1940’s through the early 1950’s. As chair he was active in student activities, including the Pasteur Club, the forerunner to the present Biology Club.  During his tenure in the department, Dr. Sheehan taught courses in microtechnique, comparative anatomy and histology. In 1964, he joined the Department of Pathology in the School of Medicine. Students often commented on his subtle humor and fairness. Although deaf since the age of 15, Dr. Sheehan effectively and affectionately communicated with students, faculty and friends.  He was known as a gentleman and a gentle man. In the School of Medicine, he specialized in cytology and was an active faculty member until his retirement. He remained active as a researcher and consultant, staying close to his many Creighton friends until his death at the age of 94.

Sheehan scholarships are one-time awards to outstanding juniors majoring in biology. Each award is applied directly to the recipient's tuition in their senior year.  Awards are typically in the $2,000-$4,500 range.


Applicants for the Sheehan scholarship must be junior (i.e., third year) biology majors with both an overall and a science GPA of 3.75 or higher. Each recipient will be selected primarily on the basis of academic standing and an essay on a bioethical issue.  Engagement in community service and academically-related activities may also be included in the selection process.

Application for 2020

Please use the application form. Full directions are included: (SheehanApplication2021.doc)

Please submit three full copies of your completed application by 5:00 pm, February 26, 2021 to Peggy Smith in the Biology Office or to Dr. Worthington in HLSB 418.

Faculty contact

Dr. Amy Worthington
418 Hixon-Lied Science