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.

ACS Scholars Program

The ACS Scholars Program and Project Seed are 2001 winners of The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The ACS Scholars Program is a 1997 winner of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Award of Excellence. The American Chemical Society sponsors scholarship programs for qualified applicants who want to enter the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering, and students seeking a two-year degree in chemical technology. The programs are designed to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian students to pursue undergraduate college degrees in the chemical sciences and chemical technology. The goal of these scholarship programs is to aid in building an awareness of the value and the rewards associated with careers in science and to assist students in acquiring the skills and credentials needed for success in these areas. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and financial need to high school seniors planning a science preparatory program of study, and college students who are currently freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who are committed to the study of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or other chemically related fields such as environmental science, materials science or toxicology and are interested in pursuing careers in one of these fields. Students interested in two-year chemical technology programs and careers in this field are also eligible. Students must have strong academic records and show an interest in and potential for careers in the chemical sciences. Students intending to pursue careers in medicine are not eligible for scholarship awards. The amount of each individual award will depend upon the availability of funding, the number of scholarships awarded, and evidence of financial need. Scholarships will be given up to a maximum of $3,000 per year. The awards in the ACS Scholars Program, as well as those in the co-sponsored programs are renewable.

Zeiss Optics Raptor Research Award

Students enrolled in degree-granting institutions at either the graduate or undergraduate level are eligible. The award, which is given by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in affiliation with Carl Zeiss Optics, Inc., is granted on the basis of the project's potential to improve our understanding of raptor biology and, thereby, our ability to protect these birds.

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: 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:

Work/Learn Internship Program

The Work/Learn Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain exposure to, and experience in environmental research. The program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of the Center's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. Graduate students and certain advanced undergraduates may conduct independent projects with the approval of the staff member with whom they plan to study.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Majors Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the STEM Majors Application

Thomas H. Lutsey Rural Scholarship

Special Qualifications: • Applicant's career choice needs to be one that enhances rural communities such as dairy science, animal science, agricultural engineering, veterinary medicine, agricultural economics, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, businessRequirements:# Transcripts# ReferencesOther Requirements: • Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA • Financial need is considered • Must be a graduating senior from North East WisconsinRenewable: YesRenewal Criteria: 3.0+ GPA & approval of committee

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.

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.

Health Services Collegiate Prgm, Medical Service

Must be a student entering the senior year of college who is under the age of 35 with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Offered to African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian students. Must be a U.S. citizen attending a four-year institution studying pharmacy, optometry, environmental health, industrial hygiene, health care administration, physical therapy, or to become a physician assistant.

Richard C. Hall Environmental Planning Scholarship

College of Social Sciences - Environmental Studies Must be an urban planning or environmental studies major, have financial need, demonstrate commitment to the field of environmental planning and have scholastic ability.

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