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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.

SpecPro Scholarship

SpecPro Scholarship at $10,000 per year & potentially renewable for up to 4 _ years. The foundation awards college and vocational scholarships to Alaska Native shareholders of Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Established to provide an opportunity for higher education and career development and to encourage interest in careers relevant to SpecPro company technical and management fields. Eligibility Requirements: *BBNC shareholder *entering freshman enrolled at an accredited college or university *full time/degree seeking student with an engineering, environmental, marketing, management, information technology, life science or other appropriate field of study *cumulative 3.0 grade point average or better.

CDM Scholarship/Internship

Scholarship Value: $6,000 Classifications: Open Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Science Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: CDM and its subsidiaries, CDM Federal Programs Corporation and CDM Constructors, Inc. in association with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have established a scholarship/internship program for six students who have a 3.0 grade point average or above and who are majoring in a variety or engineering, science or construction disciplines, such as chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, geology/hydrogeology, geography, GIS, mechanical, mining and structural or will be pursuing a masters degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: CDM Donor/Sponsor URL: http://www.cdm.com Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.

Good360 Sustainability Scholarship

Calling all students with an interest in environmental sciences and ecological sustainability. Good360 is offering a $1000 scholarship to all eligible students who answer the prompt "What does sustainability mean to you?" Students can submit an Instagram photo and a 200-300 word essay via our website.

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.

Huyck Research Grants

Huyck Research Grant awards are distributed each year to regional, national, and international applicants. The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station awards four to five Huyck Research Grants each year to selected scientists and graduate students. Over the last several decades, more than $250,000 in grants have been awarded to support research conducted at the Huyck Preserve. Huyck Research Grants help fund research projects in a variety of disciplines that focus on natural systems of the Huyck Preserve. We support work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, earth sciences, land use history, and other areas of natural science. The typical grant award is around $2,000, but can be as much as $3,500 for more established researchers and/or projects that involve extended residencies. Professors, graduate, and postdoctoral student investigators are all eligible. The funds may be used for the purchase of equipment, travel, food, publication costs, and stipends for assistant/student researchers. Preference is given to proposals that involve residencies of one week or longer. As part of the Huyck Preserve's continued efforts to share scientific research with the broader community and the members that have supported research endeavors at the Preserve, Huyck Research Grant recipients are required to participate in scientific outreach while they are in residence through presentations at our Annual Science Symposium, Thursday Night Lecture Series, our bi-annual newsletter, through guided public hikes, and/or as a guest lecturer for our educational programs. Grant applications are typically due the 2nd Friday in March each year.

RMEL Foundation Scholarship

The purpose of the RMEL Foundation is to award scholarships to deserving and qualified students in engineering, business, information systems, plant, line or distribution technology, line worker or other curriculum related to the electric energy industry.

Wisconsin Garden Club Federation Scholarship

Eligibility:    Upper level college students entering their junior or senior year, or postgraduate students having a scholastic record of not less than a “B” average and are pursuing a major in horticulture, landscaping, environmental sciences, conservation, forestry, city planning, land management or other similar courses.   Award Amount:      Number of awards may vary.  Amount of this non‐renewable scholarship award is up to $1,000 for tuition expenses.                   Selection:    Recipients are selected each spring by the Wisconsin Garden Club Scholarship Selection Committee within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.  Selection will be based on academic record, character, occupational objective, and financial need.

Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships

The GRO fellowship program helps build capacity in universities with limited funding for research by awarding fellowships in environmental fields to students entering their last two years of full time study before obtaining their first bachelor’s degree (i.e. college sophomores). Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree in an environmentally-related field, such as physics, biology, health, the social sciences, and engineering. The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmental fields. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. Applications for fellowships offered for a particular year generally are announced in August of the previous year and must be submitted by December of the previous year. To be eligible for the fellowship, undergraduates must meet the following criteria: Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must include a green card number in the application. Before a fellowship is awarded, the residency status of all aliens will be confirmed with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services. Must be pursuing a bachelor's degree in an environmentally related field of specialization. Have at least a “B” average (3.0 or better). Have two full-time years of study remaining before receiving a Bachelor’s degree. Must attend a four-year accredited institution full time, or a two-year accredited institution with plans to attend a four-year institution following graduation. Furthermore, the four-year institution must be a U.S. academic institution which receives less than $35 million in Federal Research and Development expenditures (see the National Science Foundation's publication "Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY 2008," Table 12 column 2). Institutions identified as receiving a $35 million or less in annual federal research and development funding, as designated in column 2 of Table 12, are eligible, including those accredited institutions not listed. These data can be found at Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 2008 (PDF) (309 pp, 1.74 MB about PDF), Table 12, pp. 37 – 64. Note that not all of these schools receive less than $35 million. Consult the NSF Report specified above to see if you school is eligible. See website for more information

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 http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pidp/Awards/spsaward1.htm for more information and an application form.

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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