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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.

Graduate Fellowships in Science and Engineering

Fields of Study: Though the fields supported can vary annually depending on employer needs, in general NPSC covers the following: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Materials Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and their subdisciplines, and related engineering fields: Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical. Location or Type of Institution: Any participating NPSC Member University or College Eligibility: NPSC welcomes applications from any qualified U.S. citizen who has the ability to pursue graduate work at an NPSC member institution. Applicants at any stage of their graduate program may apply, as long as they will be available to accept two summers of paid internship. Those who already possess a doctoral degree are ineligible. Employers may nominate NPSC fellows directly, obviating the selection process. These fellows may enroll for either a Master's or a PhD degree.

Black & Veatch – Making a Difference Scholarship

Purpose: To assist a student seeking an undergraduate engineering degree in the water science field. Specific Eligibility/Support: • Pursuing an undergraduate engineering degree – civil, structural, environmental, chemical, electrical or mechanical with a minimum 2.75 GPA • Must be either a college sophomore or junior • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000

Charles O. Mortensen Fellowship

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management offers a $1,000 tuition fellowship for the academic year to a junior, senior, or graduate student with a major in the department. The award is funded by Charles O. Mortensen, Emeritus Chair and Professor of NREM, current faculty members, and alumni.Eligibility criteria:Candidates must be: * A current NREM major or graduate studentApplications for the Mortensen Fellowship will require a 2-3 page proposal for a service project to benefit the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management or the local community. Applicants should contact any NREM faculty member to request their services as a mentor to supervise the proposal development and the service project. Credit, agreed upon by the faculty mentor and the applicant, may be earned in NREM 497/597 if desired.Proposals should include:Applicant and faculty mentor information * Project design * Specific goals of the project * Anticipated outcome of the project * How the project will benefit the department or the local communityThere is no minimum GPA required for application.

General Scholarships

To qualify, you must be a woman and have COMPLETED at least your first year in architecture; landscape architecture; civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering as related to architecture; urban and land planning; interior design; environmental design or architectural rendering and illustration. You must be attending a California school or be a California resident attending an out-of-state school. You must be enrolled for the ensuing year. A maximum of ten students will be chosen as finalists. They MUST APPEAR, at their own expense, for a mandatory interview in Los Angeles.

The Graduate Fellowship Award

Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency (see our Moral Commitment section).College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply.We screen Fellowship applicants for qualities the Foundation believes are essential ingredients of future professional accomplishment and/or reasonably reliable leading indicators of future professional success. These include:• Exceptional Intelligence and Creativitywith particular emphasis on those aspects pertinent to technical endeavors• Excellent Technical Educationevidenced not only by transcripts and reference reports from senior technical professionals, but also by the results of a personal, technical interview• Orientation and Commitment to the applications of the physical sciences as is typical of most applicants• Extraordinary Accomplishment in technical or related professional studies which may offset slightly lower academic records, or add luster to outstanding ones• Features of Temperament and Character conducive to high attainment as a technical professional the assessment of which is difficult, albeit important to the Foundation• Appropriate moral and ethical values of considerable interest to the Foundation in the furthering of our basic goals• Leverage what difference the award of the Hertz Fellowship is likely to make in the kind, quality, and/or personal creativity of the student's graduate researchWe do not support students pursuing advanced professional degrees other than the Ph.D., such as enrollees in M.D., LLD or MBA programs, although we will support the Ph.D. portion of a joint M.D./Ph.D. study program.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact wufoundation@iie.org with any questions.

Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship

Are you a high school graduate or undergraduate looking to offset the cost of your business, sustainability or marketing degree? Ted Rollins awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to one talented student who is majoring in a field related to sustainability. This money may be used to pay for tuition, books or living expenses.

Henry Rodriguez Reclamation College Scholarship and Internship

Funded by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and provided to American Indian/Alaska Native candidates pursuing a bachelors degree in engineering or science, specifically related to water resources or an environmentally related discipline.

James L. and Genevieve H. Goodwin Scholarship

Selection Criteria: * Connecticut resident * Enrolled undergraduate or graduate curriculum in silviculture or forest resource management * Financial need * Academic excellenceAdditional materials: * A personal statement indicating why you are interested in Forest Management.Application Instructions: * Complete the General Scholarship Application and submit to address below.

The GCFM Horticulture Scholarship

Details of the Award The purpose of the GCFM Horticulture Scholarship is to encourage and financially aid students who are interested in a future major or in a current major in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city planning, and/or other gardening related fields. Eligibility Requirements Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements as listed on the National Garden Clubs Scholarships website. The student must be a legal resident of the State of Maine and must be a junior or senior in an undergraduate program leading to a degree in one of the previously mentioned areas. College sophomores are eligible to apply, as they will be entering their junior year the following fall. Masters students pursuing an education in one of these fields are also eligible, but PhD students are not. Masters students must be enrolled for the fall semester following the award. If awaiting acceptance to graduate school, students should apply on the basis of expenses and programs that would pertain to their preferred school. The GCFM Scholarship Chair should be notified with respect to acceptance in a graduate program as soon as possible and preferably on or before March 21 for full consideration.

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