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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.

Canadian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship

This program is intended for full-time doctoral students at accredited four-year U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities whose dissertations are related in substantial part to the study of Canada, Canada/U.S. or Canada/North America. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and should have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation when they apply for a grant. This grant is not renewable.

Beverly Smith Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in finance or ecology, and must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The most recent award was $600.

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.

Leonard and Patricia Bushnell Memorial Scholarship

College/Department: Engineering - Civil Awarded to a native born U.S. citizen. Student must be civil & environmental engineering major with good academic standing; demonstrated interest in surveying and practice of civil & environmental engineering; professional potential.

The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Provides financial aid to college students who wish to pursue summer studies doing field work, research, or classroom work in the environmental field. The scholarship encourages young men and women who are interested in furthering their studies and careers in the field of ecology and offers an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience beyond the regular course of study. Work may award academic credit but should be in addition to required courses. The GCA selects and administers these awards.

Home Study Course Scholarship Program

The Home Study Course Scholarship Program is available to any individual, student, or professional that is actively engaged in the area of science education, research, or bird/biodiversity conservation. Successful applicants must demonstrate a financial need for scholarship support and describe how this training will enhance their efforts. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please submit the required list of items detailed below via email or regular mail. HSC Scholarship awards are announced every August. The number of awards given each year will depend on available funding for the Scholarship Program. Scholarship applications will be accepted at any time and should consist of the following items (incomplete applications will not be considered): Your full name and address, your position/title (if any), the name of the organization that you are affiliated with (if any), and how you heard about our scholarship program. A cover letter stating why you are applying to the HSC Scholarship Program, and a short 'bio' telling us a little bit about your personal and professional self. A Curriculum Vitae or Resume. A 1-3 page proposal describing your current bird/biodiversity conservation and/or education efforts and how the knowledge and training provided by the HSC will help you achieve these goals. One or more letters of recommendation, including appropriate contact information

Surfrider Foundation Scholarships

The Surfrider Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education. Specific attention is placed on the preservation and enhancement of public access to coastal areas; maintenance and improvement of water quality; and the preservation of surf breaks.Several awards will be made to students who are members in good standing of the Surfrider Foundation, annually, based upon available funds and exceptional applications.Eligibility Criteria:A. Must be a member in good standing of the Surfrider Foundation and embrace the spirit of the Mission and Guiding Principles of the Surfrider Foundation, which guide and govern the activities of the organization. Must be a student enrolled in an accredited College or University (in the U.S. or Internationally) during the upcoming academic year. Undergraduates (of at least Junior standing) with a minimum GPA of 3.4 for all coursework, and graduate students (minimum 9 credits completed) with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 are eligible. Both full and part time students are welcome to apply.B. Clearly demonstrate interest in coastal environmental science and issues relevant to the Surfrider Foundation Mission as well as contribution(s) to advancing the public interest in such issues, as evidenced by both of the following.1. A major field of study pertaining to oceanography, marine affairs, environmental sciences, public policy, community planning or natural resources.2. Participation in cooperative or independent research, environmental activities or work experience related to the above mentioned disciplines.

Francis X. Crowley Scholarship

In memory of Francix X. Crowley, who made a large contribution to NEWWA. Awards $3,000 to a civil or environmental engineering, or business management student.

Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship

These scholarships provide funds for post-baccalaureate students in the water environment field. The first scholarship, honoring the former Water Environment Executive Director, Robert Canham, provides $2,500; the second scholarship, in memory of Robert Reimold, provides $2,000. Contributions may be made to the scholarship fund to recognize and honor dedicated WEF members. Applicants must be members of the Water Environment Federation.

Peters Foundation

Peters Foundation, Corp., is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides a limited amount of scholarship grants to high school seniors pursuing studies in the field of environment, conservation and forestry at any accredited college or studies in primary or secondary education at a Christian college. The scholarships are a total award that range from $10,000 to $20,000 over a four-year period ($2,500 to $5,000 per year) that may be for tuition and are administered at the determination of the selection committee of the Foundation. The selection committee determines scholarship amount based on economic need, academic potential and other analysis. Students receiving scholarships will be subject to reporting requirements to the Foundation. Applicants must attend colleges located in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona or Colorado. The selection committee will perform a Phase I application analysis. Selected applicants will be invited to complete a Phase II application. The selection committee will subsequently perform a Phase II application analysis.

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