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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.

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.

AISES Travel Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA - Applicants MUST meet all of the following criteria: 1. Must have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA). 2. Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four year college/university, or a full-time student at a two year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree. 3. Majoring in one of the following college disciplines at a accredited 4-year college or university: * Math * Medicine * Physical Science * Technology * Science * Engineering * Natural Resources 4. Must be a member of an American Indian tribe or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed; or is at least 1/4 American Indian blood; or is at least 1/4 Alaskan Native; or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group to which affiliation is claimed. 5. Must be a member of AISES. To obtain an AISES membership go to http://www.aises.org/membership/

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.

GAWP’S H2Opportunity Undergraduate Scholarship

In 2008, GAWP established the H2Opportunity Undergraduate Scholarship for undergraduate students who enter a field of study leading to a career in the water profession. This scholarship is a $2,000 award and is non-renewable, but recipients may compete for the scholarship in subsequent years. The recipient will be expected to participate in at least one GAWP-sponsored event. Requirements for eligibility for this scholarship are as follows: - Applicant or applicant’s parents shall not be an individual member (other than a Student Member), or employed by a Corporate or Utility Member, of GAWP. - Applicant shall be a graduate of an accredited high school, or demonstrate that graduation will occur before August 1. - Work experience or an internship in a water-related field is recommended, but not required. - Applicant shall be a resident of Georgia, or entering or attending a college, university or training school located in Georgia. - Scholarship funds shall be used to assist in the cost of an undergraduate education or training program in a recognized university, community college, junior college, technical training school, etc. This scholarship is to be awarded for studies leading to a career in the water profession. - A short essay (not to exceed 1,500 words) is required. The essay is to cover the applicant’s interest in, and intended course of studies leading to, a career in the water profession.

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.

Georgia M. Hellberg Memorial Scholarships

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in soil and water conservation. Applicants may also major in a discipline leading to employment in the area of soil and water conservation.AWARD: Approximately four scholarships at $5,000 each. Not guaranteed.

Bernard C. Kersey Scholarship

This scholarship provides a $500 award to a student enrolled in the CSUSBs Water Resources Institute degree program, has a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must demonstrate an interest in continuing in the water resources field. Financial need is considered but not essential.

Quanta Picosecond Laser Annual Scholarship

The Quanta Picosecond Laser scholarship is given to those students pursuing an education in medicine, physics, science and engineering. This merit based provides a one time award of $1000 to be used for tuition and education expenses.

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%)

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