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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.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Awards

Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office unless otherwise indicated. Undergraduate in a recognized wildlife program. Have at least one semester remaining in degree program.

South Dakota Soil & Water Conservation Scholarship

Applicants must: Be currently enrolled in a South Dakota educational institution. Have completed at least one year of study in an accredited university, college (including tribal colleges), or technical school in South Dakota. For example, if the student graduates from high school in May of 2013 and enrolls in college in the fall of 2013 as a full-time student for the 2013-14 year, the student could apply in the spring of 2015. For students enrolled in a 2-year technical school, the scholarship may be awarded post-graduation, based upon time of scholarship application review and monetary disbursement. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (on a 4.0 point scale). Be an undergraduate enrolled in an agricultural or natural science conservation related major/curriculum. Show reasonable need for financial assistance. Be involved in natural resource conservation activities (including leadership activities). Not have received a prior SD SWCS scholarship. Past applicants have majored in agronomy, soil science, agricultural systems technology, general agriculture, range science, forestry, agricultural journalism, agricultural education, biology, botany, environmental management, horticulture, park management, and wildlife management. Other majors related to conservation also qualify. Selection Criteria Demonstrated commitment to natural resource conservation (30%) Scholarship/academic record (20%) Written student narrative on application (20%) Natural resource conservation leadership activities (10%) Financial need (10%) Quality and completeness of application (10%)

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.

Technical Division Scholarships

ACS Technical Divisions sponsor scholarship programs for qualified applicants who want to enter the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology and teaching. The following students are eligible to apply: high school seniors entering college and planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field college freshmen, sophomores or juniors currently pursuing or planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically related field community college students majoring in a two-year chemical technology program or planning to transfer to a four-year school

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.

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.

Colonel Theodore A. Leisen Memorial and Training Endowment Fund

The Nebraska Section established the Colonel Theodore A. Leisen Memorial and Training Endowment Fund in 1993 to encourage water industry professionals to obtain additional training and encourage graduate students to choose the water industry as their field of work. To help with expenses for any training seminar or workshop, including the Nebraska Section AWWA Annual Fall Conference. The section awards three $500 scholarships at its annual fall conference. Deadline for applications is September 1. Send completed application to: Lynn Wegehaupt Metropolitan Utilities District 1723 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102 Phone: 402.504.7855; Fax: 402.504.7709 E-mail: lynn_wegehaupt@mudnebr.com OR Larry Andreasen Fremont Department of Utilities 3000 E. First St., Fremont, NE 68025 Phone: 402.727.2821; Fax: 402.727.2675 E-mail: l_andreasen@fremontne.net

SpecPro Scholarship

SpecPro Scholarship at $10,000 per year & potentially renewable for up to 4 _ years. The foundation awards college and vocational scholarships to Alaska Native shareholders of Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Established to provide an opportunity for higher education and career development and to encourage interest in careers relevant to SpecPro company technical and management fields. Eligibility Requirements: *BBNC shareholder *entering freshman enrolled at an accredited college or university *full time/degree seeking student with an engineering, environmental, marketing, management, information technology, life science or other appropriate field of study *cumulative 3.0 grade point average or better.

Arlyn Scales Award for Science and Technology

Inspired to support education and the future of science and technology in New York state, Arlyn Scales is offering two $1,000 scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors who will pursue a undergraduate degree in a four-year math, science, engineering or computer science program at a New York college or university.

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.

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