The maximum award for the 2006-2007 academic year is $4,000, and can be awarded for only two years totalling $8,000.
In August 2006, The Chronicle of Higher Education noted that evolutionary biology had been removed from the list of qualifying majors. This caused concern among some scientists and educators, who feared that the omission was deliberate and politically motivated. The Department of Education has denied this, stating that the major was removed from the list inadvertently, and that it would correct the omission.
In September 2006, Evolutionary Biology, along with Exercise Physiology, were added to the list of eligible majors.