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.

HDR/Henry “Bud” Benjes Scholarship

Purpose: To assist a student pursuing a master’s degree in the water science field. Specific Eligibility/Support: • Pursuing master’s degree • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000 • HDR will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference where the award is presented

Charles G & Helen W. Schober Memorial Scholarship

Number of awards varies. Scholarships awards range between $500 - $1000. For full-time Forestry majors at Humboldt State University who have completed at least 2 forestry courses at HSU, and have at least 2 semesters of course work yet to be completed. Financial need as determined by the FAFSA is considered.

A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native college students. Students must be pursuing academic programs in the sciences, engineering, natural resources. The awards are $1,000 and $2,000 for undergraduates and graduates, respectively. Requirements: 1. Applicant must be a student member of AISES. 2. Applicant must be at least 1/4 American Indian/Alaskan Native and/or recognized as a member by a tribe. 3. Applicant must major in one of the disciplines listed above. 4. Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate (12 hours/semester or quarter) or graduate (9 hour/semester or quarter) student at an accredited four year college/university of full-time student at a two-year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree. 5. Must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, minimum.

The Eleanor and Anthony DeFrancis Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for Italian American undergraduate and graduate students attending CIT, MIT or Arizona school of astronomical studies and majoring in pure natural sciences. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and dedication to community service. Scholarship award amount varies.

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.

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.

NAWC-New Jersey Chapter Scholarship Program

The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies Association is offering two $2,500 scholarships to high school students who will be attending a New Jersey college or university and is interested in the water utility industry or any related field. Eligibility Requirements: (a) Be a United States citizen, (b) Be a resident of New Jersey and have lived in the state for at least five years, (c) Be a high school senior or college student intending to pursue a degree at a New Jersey college or university (two- or four-year) as an undergraduate or graduate student (part-or full-time), and (d) Be maintaining at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Send applications and related documents to: Gail Brady 49 Howell Drive Verona, NJ 07044 TEL: (973) 669-5807 E-MAIL

Clair A. Hill Scholarship

Each year, ACWA awards the $5,000 Clair Hill Scholarship to a qualified student in a water resources-related field of study. Eligible students must be California residents attending California colleges or universities full-time the entire academic year as a junior or senior beginning the fall semester after they are awarded the scholarship. Applications must be postmarked by FEB. 1 each year. Guidelines and Award Criteria for the Association of California Water Agencies Scholarship Award Each academic year the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) awards one Clair A. Hill scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to a qualified student in a water resources-related field of study. The guidelines and criteria for applying for the award are as follows: A. The scholarship will be known as the Clair A. Hill Scholarship. The scholarship funds associated with the award will be made available to the recipient at the beginning of each school year at the start of the fall term. B. The applicants who will be considered for the award must be California residents attending California schools. They should have completed their sophomore work and at the time of the award be full-time students in their junior or senior year. They must plan to attend school for the complete academic year. C. The award will be based not only on scholastic achievement, but also on the individual’s commitment and motivation to his / her chosen vocation. Financial need will also be given due consideration. D. The recipient should demonstrate commitment to the field of water resources by pursuing a degree related to, or identified with, engineering, agricultural and / or urban water supply, environmental studies or public administration. E. The top three candidates will be chosen by the Tehama Colusa Canal Authority scholarship committee upon receipt of a completed application form and at least two, but not more than three, recommendations for each candidate. ACWA’s Scholarship Subcommittee will select the final scholarship winner. F. The scholarship will be presented to the recipient’s school in a lump sum of $5,000. Actual payment will be made to the recipient by the school in accordance with regulations used at the selected school concerning such payment. G. Schools selected to participate will be chosen by ACWA’s Scholarship Subcommittee from a list of accredited schools located in California and recommended by the Association’s general membership.

Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA) Lloyd Douglas Scholarship

Number and Value: Up to Four awards with a value of $1,000each (one for each Atlantic Canadian province: NB, NL, NS, and PEI) Tenure: One year (non-renewable) Eligibility: An applicant shall • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; • be registered as a full-time student in a postsecondary institution in Atlantic Canada; • have successfully completed at least one year of postsecondary education; and • intend to pursue a career related to the water or wastewater industry. Fields of Study: University degree in engineering/science or college diploma in water/wastewater field. Assessment criteria: • Academic record after at least one year completion of postsecondary education (30%); • Statement/essay (60%); and • Work experience and extracurricular activities (10%). Preference will be given to a candidate with a demonstrated interest in working in the water or wastewater treatment sectors. Application: The application shall include • a short biography, a recent photo and contact information including name, phone number, mailing and email addresses; • a 500-word statement or essay of the applicant's interest, knowledge and future goals in the water/wastewater industry together with applicable work experience or extracurricular activities; • a description/list of planned future studies; and • supporting documents including i) an official transcript completed to date, and ii) a copy of passport (the page showing your name, nationality and place of birth), citizenship/PR certificate or birth certificate

Ecology Scholarships

MOS awards Ecology Scholarships to Maryland teachers and youth leaders for summer ecology workshops which the National Audubon Society sponsors at its camps Maine and Wisconsin. Each grant covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for an intensive six-day course of study and instruction in ecology, conservation, and natural history. Scholarship recipients must work with young people. Teachers, camp counselors, park rangers, students, and others who intend to make nature education a part of their careers are eligible. Applicants need not be members of MOS, but must be endorsed by a chapter or a member of MOS. Each candidate must be 18 years of age or older and must provide a written statement showing how the Audubon experience will be used to develop in young people an appreciation of our wild heritage and a sense of responsibility for the care and quality of our natural resources and environment. Additionally, two letters of recommendation from individuals who know of the candidate's interests, activities, abilities, and potential are requested. One of these letters should be from either a member of MOS or a chapter of MOS. It is helpful if letters cite specific programs or accomplishments of the candidate, in addition to personal qualities. Applicants should also submit a current resume. Please check the website for possible changes in deadline of application. Applications which pair a student and adult from the same school or county are especially encouraged. To Submit Application: Email to George Radcliffe at Or mail to: YMOS c/o George M. Radcliffe 1663 Hudson Rd Cambridge, MD 21613

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