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Natural Sciences / Resources Scholarships

This major is most often called natural resources and conservation. Here you'll study the Earth's resources in order to determine how best to use, conserve and enjoy them. If a passion for the great outdoors is what drives you, then this might be the major for you. Keep reading to find out more about this major and the world of natural resource and conservation scholarships.

This is an interdisciplinary field of study. This means that your core coursework will consist of courses from a number of different disciplines. These will include biology and chemistry but also economics, the social sciences and environmental studies. Examples of typical courses would include conservation law, ecotourism, soil and land use, plant and animal identification and geographic information systems. Rounding out your curriculum will be electives such as English, creative writing and public speaking.

The purpose of the wide-ranging nature of your coursework will be to teach you how to integrate disparate disciplines in order to identify and solve natural resource issues. Your courses will consist of traditional lecture and discussion formats along with hands-on fieldwork. For most of the fieldwork you'll be working as part of a team so communication and teamwork skills will be essential for your success in your studies.

Be certain to research your programs carefully as they are offered in a number of formats. Some programs cover only one component of conservation, such as forestry or wildlife conservation. These programs are not by nature inferior but they might lead to a more narrow career search than a program which takes a wider approach to conservation. Careful research will help ensure that the educational outcomes of your desired college matches your vocational goals and expectations.

The employment outlook for careers related to natural resources and conservation is a varied picture. If you want to conduct high-end research or teach at the university level you will need a graduate degree.  If the bachelor's is your terminal degree, you still have plenty of options. Conservation jobs are available in both the government and private sector. Jobs are predicted to continue increasing between now and 2020.

Follow the links below to learn more about the range of natural resource and conservation scholarships.

American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

One-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree by November 15. Sixteen fellowships are available: four each in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, one unrestricted, and one designated for a woman from an underrepresented minority group in any field. Designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

Don G. Willems Scholarship

MSAWWA and MWEA are equal partners in offering the Don G. Willems Scholarship. One or two scholarships are offered annually to students whose course work leads to employment in the water and wastewater fields, which are highly diverse, including specialization in water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, water resources, watershed protection, groundwater remediation, and many other subdisciplines, including for example, the study of waterborne disease. Each award includes a scholarship of $1000 to be used toward the cost of education, such as tuition, books, and supplies. Recipients also receive a one-year student membership to either AWWA or WEF (recipient's choice), and also paid registration and lodging for the MSAWWA/MWEA Joint Conference. The conference includes a variety of presentations on the technical details of project work, research, and regulations, as well as numerous vendor displays of equipment and products for the water/wastewater industry. A conference banquet provides opportunity to socialize with professionals from around Montana and the other northwest states. Basic Requirements: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Montana college or university. The applicants major course work must be leading them toward employment in the fields of water and/or wastewater. Applicants may be enrolled in a program at any degree level (associate, bachelor's or graduate). Applicants must have at least a 2.0 G.P.A., based on a 4.0 scale. Application Instructions: Applicants must submit the Don G. Willems Scholarship Application Form along with supplementary information that is requested on the application. The completed application and supplementary information must be postmarked by March 15th. Instructions are provided for all entries on the application form. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Conditions of Acceptance: Applications will be ranked by the MSAWWA/MWEA Scholarship Committee. Candidates will be notified of the Committee's decision in April. The successful candidates must notify the Scholarship Committee within one week, indicating acceptance or rejection of the award. Recipients will be asked to submit either an AWWA or WEF membership form. Membership will be paid by MSAWWA/MWEA. Recipients will be invited to attend the annual conference. Registration and lodging is paid by MSAWWA/MWEA. Meals and transportation are paid by the student. The scholarship will be awarded in the recipient's name to the school he/she is attending in August of the year awarded. The school will use the scholarship to balance the student’s account, and will distribute any remaining funds directly to the student.

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

The Wilderness Society is pleased to announce the Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship. This scholarship ($10,000) is awarded annually to a graduate student in natural resources management, law or policy programs. The scholarship seeks to encourage individuals who have the potential to make a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in North America. The award is made in support of research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness establishment, protection, or management. The work may apply to a particular landscape or it may address issues broadly.

Herbert and Nell Richards Scholarship Award

$5000 (up to 2 recipients) To apply you must be a fully matriculated, full-time SJSU undergraduate student (at least 50 units of college work completed) who has a declared science major (including biology, chemistry, geology, natural science, physics, math and computer science) and financial need.

The 2017 Tailor Made Lawns Scholarship Fund

As a locally owned company here in North Carolina, Tailor Made has always been passionate about being involved in our local community. This year, we’re excited to announce the 2017 Tailor Made Lawns Scholarship Fund for students studying environmental sciences and closely related fields. This scholarship will be for the 2017 fall semester and will be paid directly to the winning candidate for tuition and board. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student based on merit and passion for the enhancement of their local and global environment. Candidates will be evaluated according to letters of recommendation, academic records, and their passion for the environment. These qualifications will be demonstrated through faculty references, academic transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and most importantly, a letter of intent written by the student. All eligible North Carolina students are encouraged to apply online or through the mail.

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.

The Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship Program

US$3,500 to the graduate student who writes the most original and thorough manuscript on a topic related to environmental investing. Students seeking an advanced degree in any discipline related to environmental investing (such as environmental science, policy or law, sustainability, finance, economics, and public affairs and policy) are invited to present ideas and research. Interested and qualified students are invited to submit a curriculum vitae, a 225-word abstract of his/her manuscript, and a letter from his/her college or university attesting to the applicant’s academic status. These documents should be sent to the JEI SP at apply@jeisp.org. If an abstract proves acceptable, the author will be invited to submit an original manuscript of no more than 5,000 words, excluding notes, references, and supporting materials. Special consideration will be given to contributions from students in “emerging markets” as defined by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. The deadline for applications is December 7, 2013. Manuscripts are due February 28, 2014. The Program expects to announce the winner by June 7, 2014.

California Citrus Mutual Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Scholarship awards to children of California Citrus Mutual members, who are pursuing a career in agriculture or plant science. Application form required.

Philip R. Karr, III Scholarship

The Philip R. Karr, III Scholarship was established in 1996 by friends of Dr. Karr, in recognition of his dynamic leadership and contributions to improved management and operation of public water systems and treatment facilities. In 1997, GAWP awarded the first Philip R. Karr, III Scholarship. This scholarship is a $2,000 award and is renewable for one year, contingent upon the student meeting established renewal criteria. Requirements for eligibility for this scholarship are as follows: - Individual membership in GAWP is not a requirement for eligibility for this scholarship. - Applicant shall be a resident of Georgia, or entering or attending a college or university graduate school located in Georgia. - Applicant shall be a graduate of an accredited college or university, or demonstrate that graduation will occur before August 1. - Scholarship funds shall be used to assist in the cost of education in a recognized college or university graduate program. This scholarship is to be awarded for studies centered on environmental engineering, water resources, water quality, or related fields. - A short essay (not to exceed 1,500 words) is required. The essay is to cover the applicant’s professional goals in environmental engineering, water resources, or related fields, and the applicant’s intended use for the scholarship. - Selection criteria shall be based on applicants’ college credentials (e.g. Grade Point Average) - Applicants may be interviewed by the GAWP Scholarship Committee.

Hazen and Sawyer Scholarship

Purpose: Established to benefit students seeking a master’s degree in the water science field. Specific Eligibility/Support: • Pursuing master’s degree • Judging criteria includes potential to provide leadership in applied research and consulting in the drinking water field • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000 • Hazen and Sawyer will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference where the award is presented

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Flwp Prgm

The selection process is designed to recruit all qualified candidates. Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be enrolled as college or university students (in their junior or senior years, or in any graduate or postgraduate level) in the natural, physical, health, engineering, or social sciences in order to apply. Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships. Successful applicants will attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the start of the summer and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer. They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowship throughout the summer.

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