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.

NDS / Kildee Graduate Scholarships

The top 25 All-American contestants in the past three National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contests plus the Platinum winners in the past three National Dairy Challenge Contests are eligible to apply for up to two $3,000 scholarships for post graduate study in a dairy related field. Students may apply for the scholarship in their junior or senior year of college. The awards are base on rank in the national contests, academic standing, leadership ability, student activities, future plans and experience with dairy cattle. These scholarships are to be used for advanced study related to the dairy industry (production agriculture, manufacturing, marketing, agricultural law, business, veterinary medicine and environmental sciences) at the school of their choice. The winner will be recognized at the National Dairy Shrine Awards Banquet. The scholarship will be paid in two installments. The winner must submit an official transcript following their first year of graduate study to the Executive Director to receive the final payment.

Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship

Scholarship applications are reviewed in April and awards are announced in May. Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible: US Citizen. A full-time undergraduate student at an accredited university (freshman, sophomore or junior student). Pursuing a major in engineering, architecture, or environmental science. Student of good character. Applicants should complete the form on the reverse side and attach a narrative specifically addressing the following topics in the order listed: Academic Performance Academic/Professional Goals Financial Need (ability to pay for college; other financial assistance to be received) Extracurricular Activities Summary of Previous Military Service, if any Statement of why applicant should be considered for award Include other comments to assist selection process. Narrative should be type written, no more than two pages, and have no more than 8 lines per topic. The applicant's school counselor, academic advisor, or administrator must endorse each application to verify enrollment. The scholarship will be awarded after college enrollment is confirmed in the school year awarded. The scholarship will be paid directly to the School Registrar.

Colonel Theodore A. Leisen Memorial and Training Endowment Fund

The Nebraska Section established the Colonel Theodore A. Leisen Memorial and Training Endowment Fund in 1993 to encourage water industry professionals to obtain additional training and encourage graduate students to choose the water industry as their field of work. To help with expenses for any training seminar or workshop, including the Nebraska Section AWWA Annual Fall Conference. The section awards three $500 scholarships at its annual fall conference. Deadline for applications is September 1. Send completed application to: Lynn Wegehaupt Metropolitan Utilities District 1723 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102 Phone: 402.504.7855; Fax: 402.504.7709 E-mail: OR Larry Andreasen Fremont Department of Utilities 3000 E. First St., Fremont, NE 68025 Phone: 402.727.2821; Fax: 402.727.2675 E-mail:

Foth Production Solutions, LLC Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agricultural engineering, mechanization, power and equipment, biochemistry, biological sciences, biotechnology, computer systems, environmental engineering and science, food packaging, food science and technology, pulp and paper technology, soil conservation or soil science. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must reside in Wisconsin, preferably in Brown, Calumet, Dane, Dodge, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Oconto or Outagamie counties. Preference given to applicants who plan to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Engineering, Madison Area Technical College or Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships

Annie’s Homegrown is pleased to announce we are again offering $100,000 in scholarship funds to students studying sustainable agriculture. Sustainable and organic agriculture is at the very root of our philosophy: Planet to Food. Food to People. People to Planet. We believe healthy soils and healthy farms are the foundation for healthy foods, which help make healthy people! Therefore, we’re proud to support the next generation of farmers. Undergraduate and Graduate students studying at an accredited US college or university are eligible to apply. Please visit for more information and to download the application. The deadline to apply is December 15th.

Alex and Anna I. Nicoloff Scholarship for Environmental Studies

The Alex and Anna I. Nicoloff Scholarship for Environmental Studies is awarded in memory of the parents of Dorothy Nicoloff who endowed the fund to support the scholarships. Funding ranges between $6,000 and $8,000 and is available to be distributed over multiple awards (two or more). Eligibility criteria:Candidates must be current NREM majors and have at least a 3.00 overall GPA and a 3.20 GPA in NREM classes. * Junior or senior (more than 62 hours accumulated) in the next academic year.

KY/TN AWWA Scholarship

The Kentucky / Tennessee Section American Water Works Association (AWWA) will award two $2,000 scholarships to eligible students pursuing a degree relating to the drinking water industry. The scholarships will provide reimbursement of tuition, books, and fees and will be distributed through the College/University bursar’s office for use during the next academic year. A total of two $2,000.00 scholarships will be awarded, one to a Tennessee resident, and one to a Kentucky resident, provided we receive at least two applications from eligible residents of each state. Eligibility Full-time student attending an accredited Kentucky or Tennessee institution and currently majoring in an area related to the drinking water industry. Student must have accumulated over 65 credit hours. Application Process  Complete the attached application form.  Enclose college transcript(s) for all undergraduate and graduate courses.  Enclose a brief letter describing your interest in the KY/TN AWWA scholarship.  Mail to: Katie Nolan Gresham, Smith and Partners 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 100 Cincinnati, OH 45242

South Pacific Islands Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in liberal arts, agriculture, business administartion, economics, education, environmental studies, information technology and management, journalism, political science, public administration and other related fields. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Gail and Allan Fujimoto Scholarship

 Student must be pursuing a career in agriculture, environmental sustainability or majors within the College of Tropical Agriculture  Attending a University of Hawai`i system institution  Letter of recommendation from faculty or staff or a community person that can attest to your dedication and commitment to agricultural sustainability in Hawai`i  Essay demonstrating your desire and commitment to utilize their skills and expertise to develop agriculture and sustainability in the state of Hawai`i General criteria: • Must be a classified undergraduate student • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program, unless specifically noted • Enrolled in a two- or four-year, accredited* college institution in Hawai`i or the continental U.S. • Full-time status, unless specifically noted • Demonstrate interest in Hawaiian language, culture, history • Demonstrate a commitment to contribute to the greater community. *See website for accrediting bodies that are recognized by the Foundation.

Philip D. Reed Undergraduate Award

Philip D. Reed award is designed to increase access to careers in the burgeoning area among African American, Latino and American Indian students. Undergraduate students may apply during the second semester sophomore year. Applicants must have a minimum of 3.0/4.0 grade point average and a demonstrated interest in environmental engineering. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

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