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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.

Larson Aquatic Research Support (LARS) Scholarship

Provides support for doctoral and masters students interested in careers in the fields of corrosion control, treatment and distribution of domestic and industrial water supplies, aquatic chemistry, and/or environmental chemistry. Specific Eligibility/Support: Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding for two scholarships: $5,000 for a master's student $7,000 for a doctoral student Additional judges will be provided by the Aquatic Chemistry Section of the Illinois State Water Survey

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.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Materials Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and their subdisciplines, and related engineering fields: Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical. 2. Must be a United States citizen. 3. Must either be in your senior year with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA OR be in your first year of a graduate program pursuing a Ph.D. OR be in a terminal masters program (your university offers no Ph.D. in your discipline) OR be returning from the workforce with no more than a masters degree. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.npsc.org/students/ for more information and an application form.

Sustainable LawnCare Leaders Scholarship

LawnCare.net is proud to offer a $500 scholarship to an undergraduate student pursuing a career in sustainable botany, horticulture, landscape architecture, or a related field. We believe that sustainable practices are the key to a healthy planet and thriving environmental service industry. This scholarship is to help raise awareness about different sustainability efforts and why they are crucial for the success of those pursuing careers in these fields. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria and shows outstanding potential to be a front-runner for green practices in his or her career. Candidates must be United States citizens or legal residents enrolled full-time at an accredited college, university, or trade school.

Wisconsin Garden Club Federation Irene Straus 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: One non-renewable $1,000 scholarship award 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, and occupational objective.

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.

Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarships

Liberty Power, the leading Hispanic-owned energy provider in the U.S., and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation continue their ongoing partnership to present the Third Annual Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship. The Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship provides an opportunity for college students engaging in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with an interest in pursuing careers in the fields of energy or the environment to enter to win a scholarship up to $10,000! About Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarships Liberty Power has partnered with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation to support education, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM education in the United States. We invite students currently enrolled in an accredited two and four-year public or private university that have an interest in the fields of energy or the environment to apply for Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship. One $10,000 scholarship, one $6,000 scholarship, and one $4,000 scholarship will be awarded.

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

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

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.

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