Cal Fremling Biology Scholarship

The Cal Fremling Biology Scholarship is created to encourage and support students in pursuit of their education at WSU. Students must be majoring in Biology with either an Ecology option or Environmental Science option and an interest in limnology.


1. Each recipient must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time at WSU.
2. Each recipient must be classified as a junior or senior and be in good standing at Winona State University with a minimum grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.0 (4.0=A)
3. Each recipient must be a declared major in Winona State University’s Biology Program with either the Ecology option or Environmental Science option.
4. Each recipient must demonstrate financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA report.
5. Preference should be given to a recipient who demonstrates an interest in limnology.


Cal and Arlayne are graduates of public schools in Brainerd and St. Cloud. Cal attended Brainerd Junior College, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree with majors in biology and physical science from St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1951. He taught science courses at Motley, Minnesota, until February, 1952, when he was drafted into the Army. After basic training in Kentucky with the 101st Airborne Infantry Division, Cal and Arlayne were married, and Cal was assigned to the University of Utah’s Ecological Research Unit at Dugway Proving Ground in the Great Salt Lake Desert. The newlyweds lived off post in Tooele. After his discharge in 1954, Cal earned his Master of Science Degree at St. Cloud State College and taught biology courses for a year at Eveleth Junior College. He entered graduate school at Iowa State University in 1956 and received his Ph. D. Degree in Zoology in 1959.

Cal accepted a faculty position at Winona State University in 1959 and continued teaching and doing research for 32 years until his retirement in 1991. Cal has authored and co-authored 50 scientific publications, most notably, “Immortal River: The Upper Mississippi in Ancient and Modern Times.” Cal has also served as a consultant to the City of Winona, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Cal extensively focused on the Lake Winona restoration project, one of the most complex lake restoration projects ever undertaken in Minnesota.

Cal & Arlayne Fremling Scholarship
Biology Department, College of Science & Engineering
Supplemental Questions
  1. Do you have an interest in Limnology?