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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.

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.

Department of Defense (DoD) Scholarship

The Department of Defense (DoD) mission of STEM is to foster an interest in and raise awareness in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationwide to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce. In support of this mission, the DoD has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to offer twenty-five (25) full scholarships to qualified high school graduating seniors. Applicants must demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and MUST chose to study in one of these fields to apply. Scholarship Full, 4-year renewable scholarship, capped at $15,000 per year (for a total not to exceed $60,000) Full Scholarship is defined as: in-state tuition plus all mandatory fees, room & board factoring in other available non-loan resources Recipients must meet certain GPA, conduct, and STEM degree persistence goals each academic year to remain eligible for renewal SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA All students nominated for this program must meet the following minimum criteria to qualify for a scholarship: Graduating high school senior at time of application Have a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale Have taken and earned a grade of “B” or better in Pre-calculus or higher math course Have a demonstrated financial need ● Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 Students must plan to and remain enrolled full-time at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), with a preference for students attending publicly-supported HBCUs Students must pursue an undergraduate degree in a STEM related discipline, including but not limited to the following: mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, physics, civil engineering, biosciences, chemical engineering, computer science/technology, computer engineering, environmental science and geosciences APPLICATION PROCESS The scholarship application and selection process is competitive. To apply, students must complete the following: Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA) Personal (video) and/or telephonic interview Submit resume showcasing community service, jobs/internships, leadership Submit high school transcript indicating (cumulative GPA, weighted and unweighted, must appear on the transcript) ACT and/or SAT score Two Recommendation Letters Academic - a STEM teacher who is able to discuss academic achievements and potential for success in a STEM major once enrolled in college Character - a mentor/advisor/community leader who can speak to leadership potential and character Essay: In a minimum of 750 words, please address the following: Describe your interest in STEM studies, commitment to achieving a degree in this area, and long-term professional goals

Tyson Foods, Inc. Education Grants

In addition to internal scholarships provided to Team Members and their direct dependents through the Tyson Family Foundation, Tyson Foods charitable grants in the Education category focus on areas that are important to their business, industry, communities and the students who may be future Team Members. These targeted areas are: Programs pertaining to the education of students and the promotion of the following fields of study: Technical Education Agriculture Environmental Stewardship ESL/Diversity Food Safety

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to: increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. To be eligible to apply for Hollings Scholarship, at the time of application (annually September through January) you must: be a U.S. citizen; be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university or university within the United States or U.S. territories; earn and maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in all completed undergraduate courses each term and cumulative, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 in your major field of study. The grade point average requirement applies prior to and at the time of application for a scholarship, for the period between application and award notification, and after award distribution; and have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission. Related discipline areas of study may include: biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Fellowships

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a graduate degree in engineering or the sciences (Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace, Agricultural Engineering, Analytical Chemistry, Anatomy, Automotive, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Genetics, Industrial Engineering, Information Systems, Inorganic Chemistry, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, Organic Chemistry, Petroleum Engineering, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Research and Development, Structural Engineering, Systems Engineering). 2. Must have a 2.8 for a masters fellowship or a 3.0 for a doctoral fellowship. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://was.nd.edu/gem/gemwebapp/public/gem_04_100.htm for more information and an application form.

Thaddeus Colson and Isabelle Saalwaechter Fitzpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established by Isabelle F. Smith in 1999, in memory of her parents, to provide annual scholarships for female residents of Kentucky majoring in environmentally related programs at public universities in Kentucky. Scholarship is non-renewable. Eligibility: * Currently enrolled as an upcoming sophomore, junior, or senior at a Kentucky public four year college * Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher * Must be Kentucky resident * Major is environmentally related program (i.e., agriculture, biology, horticulture, environmental studies, environmental engineering, etc.) * Seeking undergraduate degree on a full-time basis Award Amount: $5,000 Contact: Gail Sanders, Operations and Compliance Manager, The Community Foundation of Louisville, (502) 585-4649 X1025; gails@cflouisville.org; e-mail is preferred Application: Available on the website, or from The Community Foundation

American Petroleum Institute & NGWA Scholarship

Candidates for the scholarship must be pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in a subsurface environmental science-related graduate program at an accredited university.

F&P Division Scholarship

The Fuels and Petrochemicals Division of AICHE (F&PD) is pleased to sponsor two $1,000 one-time awards to exemplary high school seniors who plan on studying engineering or science. F&PD is committed to introducing high school students to careers in Fuels & Petrochemicals through its programs, helping to fuel the industry’s need for top talent in the future. Award: Two $1000 awards. Presentation: The award is presented at the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division Annual Award Luncheon at the AIChE Spring National Meeting. Eligibility: Eligible applicants are graduating high school seniors with exemplary academic records and demonstrated leadership potential. Eligible applicants must plan to attend an accredited four year university in the fall and plan to major in engineering or science. Applicants must be sponsored by a member of F&PD. Members can sponsor up to two applicants a year. College acceptance letters and proof of registration must be presented to F&PD’s scholarship panel prior to disbursement of awards. Application Package: Application Form- Complete and signed application. Transcript- Official copy of applicant’s high school transcript(s). Essay- Applicant must submit an original, typed, single-sided, double-spaced essay which discusses a current event in regards to Fuels & Petrochemicals Industry and shares the applicant’s thoughts (i.e. gas prices, alternative fuel sources, carbon credits, plant safety, ethanol, etc.) Essays should be no more than 1000 words in length. Letter of Reference- Applicant must submit one letter of reference from a high school or community leader which discusses the applicant’s scholastic ability, character and/or leadership characteristics. Sponsorship Letter – Applicants must submit a sponsorship letter from a practicing engineer or scientist. The letter should state why this applicant is being sponsored. Mailing Instructions: All materials must be mailed in one envelope or package, and be postmarked before January 31. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Address to: Fuels & Petrochemicals Division of AICHE Attn: Scholarship Panel/Ian M. Glasgow 16001 Park Ten Place Houston, TX 77084 Or, as an alternative, you may also submit all materials via email to michael.glasgow@mustangeng.com.

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.

HSF/Marathon Oil Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Be of Hispanic American, African American, Asian Pacific Islander American, or American Indian/Alaskan Native heritage. Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired) Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Be a current Sophomore majoring in one of the following: Accounting Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Environmental Engineering Geology/Geosciences Information Technology (IT/MIS) Mechanical Engineering Petroleum Engineering - OR - Be a current Senior planning to enroll in a Master's degree program majoring in one of the following: Geology/Geosciences Petroleum Engineering Must submit a resume with your application Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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