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Environmental Science Scholarships

The academic field of environmental science is a challenging interdisciplinary major designed to teach degree candidates the fundamentals of physics, chemistry and biology in order to solve environmental problems. In the paragraphs that follow, we'll explore the study of this exciting science as preparation for a look into the world of environmental science scholarships.

In this major you will enroll in courses such as hydrology and water resources, atmosphere and weather, geographic information systems, coastal processes, forest ecosystems and waste management systems. You'll also receive instruction in a range of scientific disciplines such as biology, biochemistry, physical geology, ecology and chemistry.

In addition to your coursework, your program will most likely feature fieldwork which will enable you to take what you've learned in the classroom and put it into practice in actual environmental settings. Many programs also offer research opportunities where you work with faculty members investigating environmental problems and solutions.

Another key component of your program will be internships. Because of the heavy course load demanded in this major, these internships will most likely take place over the summer months. Here you'll receive valuable professional experience as you work on actual environmental issues and problems. 

These internships will also expose you to the collaborative nature of environmental research. As an environmental scientist, you'll most likely be working in groups, whether conducting research or investigating specific problems. Owing to these factors, you'll need to be an excellent communicator to succeed in this field. Critical reading, writing and thinking skills are necessary as is the oft neglected skill of good listening.

Many students in this field go on to continue their studies at the graduate level. While there are entry-level job opportunities for those with a bachelor's degree, most research positions require a master's or doctorate degree. If you want to teach environmental science or conduct high-level research, you should plan on pursuing a Ph.D.

Overall, career opportunities should be good in this field over the coming decade. Our ever-growing population along with economic and industrial expansion will continue to tax our environment. This in turn will lead to job growth for environmental scientists. The range of choices will be most robust for those with graduate degrees.  

Explore the links below to find an environmental science scholarship that is right for you.

Dave Benferado Scholarship

Each year, the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) recognizes outstanding students who are pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers in air quality, waste management, environmental management / policy / law, and sustainability. Eligibility Individuals must be full-time graduate students pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers in air quality, waste management, environmental management/policy/law, and/or sustainability during the academic year. Membership is not a requirement for the student or their advisor; however, it is strongly encouraged. The Scholarship is a one-year award. Individuals must reapply to qualify for a second year.

Teacher Education Scholarship Program

The Teacher Education Scholarship Program is open to full-time undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens. Students must be enrolled in a program of study at one of Virginia's five Space Grant colleges (College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech) when they actually receive the award. Since this award is intended to encourage students to enter teaching, students may also apply during their senior year in high school or in their sophomore year in a community college. The award is contingent on their matriculation at a Space Grant college and entrance into a teacher certification program. Students currently enrolled in a Space Grant college can apply when they declare their intent to enter the teacher certification program. Those students enrolled in a career transition program leading to a degree in education are also eligible to apply. Students eligible for support must be in a track that would qualify them to teach in a pre-college setting. Priority will be given to those majoring in technology education, mathematics or earth/space/environmental science. Successful scholarship recipients should have grade point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Since an important purpose of this program is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science, math and technology education, the VSGC especially encourages applications from these students.

The Francis X. Crowley Scholarship

($3,000) – Civil engineering, environmental engineering, or business management at a 4-year college or university STUDENT APPLICANTS Students who are attending or have been accepted into appropriate college/university programs at the undergraduate level are eligible to apply. Applicants must be members of NEWWA. Applicants must reside in New England or attend a college/university in New England to qualify. Student Application Requirements Student applicants must submit the following: • Official student application form • A two-page (maximum) résumé (that includes educational history) • Official transcripts of all university education (if applicant has not started higher education, official transcript from high school is required) • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a teacher/professor; the second may be from a teacher/professor or professional reference such as an employer) • A one-page (maximum) statement of educational plans and career objectives demonstrating how these plans are beneficial to water works practice in New England • Copy of FAFSA (Free Applications for Federal Student Aid) confirmation Selection Criteria – Students The NEWWA Scholarship Committee considers application on the basis of merit, character and need to members and student members of the New England Water Works Association, with preference given to applicants whose programs are considered by the Scholarship Committee as beneficial to water works practice in New England.

Undergraduate Fellowships in Estuarine Sciences

Each summer, Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports fifteen students to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top scientists to study one of America’s most significant coastal resources. The REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed for students majoring in marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics. During the 12-week program, each student works with a mentor on an individual research project at one of the two marine labs at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences located on the Chesapeake Bay. Research areas include: Estuarine processes Benthic environment Physical oceanography Contaminants Fisheries Molecular biology and genetics Environmental chemistry Submerged aquatic vegetation Modeling and analysis Coastal observing systems Each REU fellow will receive: A stipend of $6,000 Housing costs Round-trip travel expenses Eligibility Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have completed at least two years of study towards (but not yet completed) a bachelor’s degree. Preference is given to students who are rising seniors. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority John P. "Pat" Healy Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must be legal residents of Delaware and U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens who are high school seniors or full-time college students in their freshman or sophomore years Must major in either environmental engineering or environmental sciences at a Delaware college Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the application deadline Award: $2,000 for one year Renewable for up to three additional years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained Criteria: Based on financial need, academic performance, community or school involvement, and leadership ability.

Roy W. Likins Scholarship

Each year, the Likins Scholarship Committee awards a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $25,000 in scholarships. The scholarships are distributed in $2,500 or more increments to deserving Florida students, either in undergraduate or graduate school. Application Instructions Purpose The Florida Section American Water Works Association will annually award up to $2,500 scholarships or more per student to eligible students pursuing a degree relating to the drinking water industry. The scholarship will provide reimbursement of tuition, books, and fees through the College/University Financial Aid Department over the upcoming two (2) year period. Scholarships will be awarded in both undergraduate and graduate categories. Eligibility Applicant must be an upper level undergraduate (over 65 credit hours) or graduate student enrolled in an accredited Florida Institution and currently majoring in an area related to the drinking water industry. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average based on a 4.0 system. Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible. Selection Process Evaluation will be made on the basis of academic performance, work experience, community and civic activities, honor, career goals, letters of recommendation, and evidence of leadership, motivation, character, and self-reliance. At the option of the Scholarship Committee, the top five candidates may be telephone interviewed by a member of the scholarship committee. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Scholarship Committee of the Florida Section American Water Works Association. Final Selection: Committee will make final selection of scholarship awardees by August 1st yearly.

Rain Bird Intelligent Use of Water Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Rain Bird Corporation to recognize an outstanding landscape architecture, horticulture or irrigation science student. Eligible applicants include students in the final two years of undergraduate study (third-, fourth-, or fifth-year students) who have demonstrated commitment to these professions through participation in extracurricular activities and exemplary scholastic achievements.Rain Bird develops products and technologies that use water efficiently. Their commitment also extends to education, training and services related to responsible water use and conservation. Visit www.rainbird.com for more information about the Intelligent Use of Water.In addition to the General Submission Guidelines this fellowship requires the following: * A cover letter including summary/explanation of enclosures and interests * A typed, double-spaced 300-word essay a) stating career goals and b) explaining how applicant will contribute to the advancement of the profession of landscape architecture, horticulture or irrigation science

Grace Wall Barreda Fellowship

To American Indian/Alaska Native students seeking advanced degrees in Environmental Studies or Public Health. Eligibility: 1, Be an enrolled member of a United States federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group or possess one-fourth degree Indian blood from a federally-recognized tribe. 2, Be enrolled full-time in a Masters, doctoral or professional degree program at an accredited college or university within the United States. 3, Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) from the United States Department of Education and the office of the university you plan to attend.

The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany

Provides financial support to students who show a keen interest in Medicinal Botany, as evidenced by course work and/or professor recommendations. It was established to encourage summer studies of medicinal botany at the undergraduate level for students enrolled in accredited U.S. colleges and universities following their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. Work may award academc credit, may be toward experience in the field or laboratory, or may be part of an internship requirement for graduation. Selection by GCA Scholarship Committee including a medicinal botanist.

Asian Pacific Community Fund - Verizon Scholarship Awards Program

The Asian Pacific Community Fund partners with Verizon to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education as they face the challenge of significantly rising costs of obtaining a college degree. These awards will support those who excel academically, are leaders amongst their peers and are making a positive impact in their communities. Eligibility: Students who are residents of California, Oregon or Washington OR students attending college in one of those states High School Senior who plan to enroll as a 1st year college student in a U.S. accredited 4-year college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student majoring in math, engineering, or a science (Please check website for complete listing of majors eligible for this scholarship) Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0

Jefferson Davis Scholarship Fund

Criteria: Open to: Cal Poly Pomona Students Class standing: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Major: Agriculture, Engineering, or Environmental Design Minimum GPA: 3.75 Unit load requirement: Full-Time (undergraduate 12 units, graduate 8 units) Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: Yes Other criteria: Award varies from $500 to $1000.

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