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.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This scholarship seeks to lower barriers to undergraduate study abroad by offering scholarships to students with financial need. Underrepresented students in study abroad programs are encouraged to apply. The award is for semester or academic year study abroad programs. Applicants must not be studying abroad in a country which is currently under a Travel Warning issued by the United States Department of State (please see Type: Undergraduate Study International Study Eligibility Requirements: Class standing Freshman - Sophomore - Junior - Senior - Discipline/Area of Study Arts/Humanities Natural Sciences Social/Behavioral Sciences Business Engineering Citizenship - U.S. Citizen Must be currently receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at the time of application.

Weyerhaeuser/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program

Scholarship Value: $10,000.00Classifications: Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate JuniorMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Marketing, Operations Management, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, ForestryEligible Schools: OpenEligible Locations: OpenScholarship Detail:The Weyerhaeuser/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program was established to increase student interest in Weyerhaeuser and to expand the pool of prospective diverse employees. Sophomores and Juniors enrolled in four year accredited colleges and universities in the areas of Forestry, Industrial/Electrical/Manufacturing Engineering, Operation management & Supervision, or Marketing/Sales are eligible to apply.Apply OnlineDonor/Sponsor Name: Weyerhaeuser(Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.)

J. R. Popalisky Scholarship

The Missouri Section American Water Works Association has established a scholarship fund entitled the J. R. Popalisky Scholarship Fund (JRPSF) for qualified students enrolled in an accredited college or university in the State of Missouri. Qualifying curriculum for the scholarship applicants includes courses related to civil or environmental engineering or environmental science with emphasis on career fields associated with water supply. The JRPSF will consider applications for one or more scholarships per year in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000). The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage enrollment in educational studies related to career fields associated with water supply.

Eric Sticht Memorial Scholarship

The Eric Sticht Memorial Scholarship is given to enhance the education of wildlife rehabilitators. One scholarship is awarded to help defray expenses of attending the NWRA Symposium. This scholarship is given through NWRA by Dave Weeshoff in memory of Eric Sticht, a friend of aquatic birds and enthusiastic volunteer at the International Bird Rescue Research Center, San Pedro, CA. Typewritten application should follow the format of the Scholarship Application form and include name, contact information, affiliation and involvement in wildlife rehabilitation, personal objectives, a brief description of how you would benefit from attending the Symposium, an explanation of financial need, and two letters of recommendation.

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

Delaware Solid Waste Authority John P. "Pat" Healy Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must be legal residents of Delaware and U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens who are high school seniors or full-time college students in their freshman or sophomore years Must major in either environmental engineering or environmental sciences at a Delaware college Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the application deadline Award: $2,000 for one year Renewable for up to three additional years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained Criteria: Based on financial need, academic performance, community or school involvement, and leadership ability.

Bermuda Biological Station for Research Scholarships

The scholarship provides $360/week+housing, travel. The Bermuda Biological Station for Research offers fellowships for undergraduate student research at BBSR during the fall semester (August to November). Students will design and conduct independent projects under faculty supervision within several research areas mainly concerned with marine biology, chemistry, and physics. The scholarship provides housing, a monthly stipend, and travel expenses. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. Type: Undergraduate Study International Study Research Eligibility Requirements Class standing - Sophomore - Junior - Senior - Discipline/Area of Study: Natural Sciences Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Permanent Resident Must be 19 years or older. Preferred groups: Minority Female Women and minority students are especially encouraged to apply Submission Requirements: Application Form Transcripts Current college Letters of Recommendation 2 Resume

Wildlife Leadership Awards

Source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Eligibility: By the completion of the spring semester/quarter, applicants must: 1) Be an undergraduate in a wildlife related natural resource program, in a four-year college/university in the united states or Canada; 2) Have junior or senior standing (completed a minimum of 56 semester hours or 108 quarter hours); 3)Have at least one semester or two quarters remaining in their degree program; 4) Be scheduled to be enrolled as a full-time student for the following fall semester/quarter. Previous recipients of the Elk Foundation's Wildlife Leadership Awards are ineligible. Awards: Full tuition and expenses: $2,000 Application Procedures: For further information and application visit their web site at

Alex and Anna I. Nicoloff Scholarship for Environmental Studies

The Alex and Anna I. Nicoloff Scholarship for Environmental Studies is awarded in memory of the parents of Dorothy Nicoloff who endowed the fund to support the scholarships. Funding ranges between $6,000 and $8,000 and is available to be distributed over multiple awards (two or more). Eligibility criteria:Candidates must be current NREM majors and have at least a 3.00 overall GPA and a 3.20 GPA in NREM classes. * Junior or senior (more than 62 hours accumulated) in the next academic year.

SPECAF Program

Description: This program provides scholarships to eligible persons for completion of the last two years of university study. Type: Undergraduate Study Research Eligibility Requirements Class standing - Sophomore - Junior - Senior - Discipline/Area of Study Arts/Humanities Natural Sciences Social/Behavioral Sciences Business Engineering Public Service Citzenship U.S. Citizen Permanent Resident Other Visa Status

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