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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.

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

EPA Tribal Lands Environmental Science Scholarship

Awarded to college students pursuing academic programs in the following: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biology, Toxicology, Environmental Economics, Chemical Engineering, Hydrology, Biochemistry, Entomology, and related environmental disciplines. The awards are $4,000 for college Junior, Senior and Graduate students enrolled full-time at an accredited institution. Students must reapply each year as awards are not renewable. Requirements: 1. Applicant must major in one of the disciplines listed above. 2. Applicant must be a full-time Junior or Senior (12 hours/semester or quarter) or graduate (9 hours/semester or quarter) student, with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Wesley Eckenfelder, Dr./Brown and Cadwell Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in civil, chemical or environmental engineering, geology or biology. 2. Must be a full-time student. 3. Must be an undergradate student. 4. Must be a junior student. 5. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. 6. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.brownandcaldwell.com/Scholarship_Opportunities.asp?SVC=SO for more information and an application form.

SEG/John R. Butler Endowed Scholarship

SEG Scholarships are based on merit. To qualify, you must be: A student who is either: Attending high school and planning to enter college next fall; An undergraduate or graduate college student whose grades are above average. Intending to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in applied geophysics or a closely related field, such as geosciences, physics, geology, or earth and environmental sciences.

Joseph A. Murphy Scholarship

In memory of Joseph A. Murphy, this scholarship awards $1,500 to a civil or environmental engineering, or a business or related science-program student.

Hawk Mountain International Training Program

The international training program in conservation science at Hawk Mountain provides hands-on learning and field experience for individuals committed to a career in natural-resource conservation. Trainees at Hawk Mountain... Live on-site for 4 months Learn basic techniques in conservation science and education Experience monitoring and environmental education in a wildlife sanctuary Learn how to work with volunteers, visitors and school groups Learn how to apply for grants and fund their own research projects Work on both an independent and a group project Practice nature interpretation at the Sanctuary Practice the latest methods in migration monitoring techniques Use satellite telemetry, banding, and GIS mapping Develop multicultural awareness and international partnerships Hawk Mountain trains up to 14 exceptional individuals per year. Trainees are selected from Pennsylvania, the United States and abroad. Most are selected more than one year in advance and are approved by Director of Conservation Science Dr. Keith Bildstein.

Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Eligible Majors: Mathematics, Computer Science, Humanities, Sociology, Physics, Demography, Ecology, Anthropology Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities, Hampton University (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: This program provides a $750 stipend per academic semester and a $3,000 stipend/summer institute for selected students who are interested in enrolling in Ph.D. programs and pursuing college-teaching careers. Its administered through the Mellon programs at Spelman College Donor/Sponsor Name: Andrew Mellon Foundation

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

Environmental Division Scholarship and Veolia Water Technologies Scholarship

The Environmental Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration annually awards scholarships to promising college students who have chosen as a career path the field of mining and the environment. The Environmental Division Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Environmental Division Scholarship applicants may also be considered for a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Veolia Water Technologies (Veolia). To be considered for the Veolia Scholarship, applicants must submit a short essay (approximately 250 words) explaining why water is an essential part of the mining process. Applicant Qualifications: Environmental Division Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 2. Be an SME student member in good standing. 3. Attend a school that is ABET accredited and/or has an SME Student Chapter. 4. Demonstrate a desire for and a probability of success in a career in mining and the environment. Application Requirements: Environmental Division Scholarship applications must be submitted online via SME’s Scholarship portal: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/smeapp. The online application requires the following information: 1. Demographic and contact information. 2. Short statement (one page) describing applicant’s interest in/passion for a career in mining and the environment. 3. Two references, one from university faculty and one from an appropriate industry professional. 4. Résumé detailing past education and work experience. 5. Copy of most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are OK). 6. Anticipated expenses/income for the current academic year. Questions may be directed to: Scholarship Coordinator, SME Member Services Department Phone: 303-948-4208 E-mail: scholarships@smenet.org

The Joseph Murphy Scholarship

($1,500) – Civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a related science program or business program applicable to public water supply at an accredited college 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.

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