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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.

College Post-Graduate Award

This scholarship is made available by the Environmental Education Foundation, Inc. The EEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of environmental education and /or the creation of awareness to environmental problems in the Geneva Lakes area. This is done primarily through the awarding of scholarships to local students.A scholarship up to $2500.00 annually is awarded to students registered and actively involved in a natural sciences post-graduate degree program at an accredited college or university. Candidate's academic record, professional goals, relevant work experience and past or present Geneva Lake area residency are all considered by the scholarship committee in making their selection. Annual application is required.

The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship

The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship is a merit scholarship offered annually in the name of the TGF founders, to a single recipient who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding dedication in a field of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department. It was the hope of the founders, as it is the hope of the current membership of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, that the recipient will use this scholarship to assist his or her studies, and after graduation seek employment in the tri-state region in either the public or private sector furthering the cause of environmental protection and riparian habitat conservation for the benefit of all.This scholarship is available to students enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the award year in a full-time four-year undergraduate degree (sophomore standing or higher) or graduate degree program at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities. The scholarship is also available to community college students in their second year who have been accepted into a four-year accredited member institution of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities and will be enrolled in the award year. The eligible applicant’s major shall be in an area of environmental studies such as, but not limited to, ecology, hydrology, conservation biology, natural resource management, zoology or environmental law and policy. Based on a 4.0 scale, the applicant shall demonstrate merit with a current 3.5 GPA in the environmental concentration courses and an overall minimum 3.0 GPA. The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens only.Having received a TGF scholarship in the past does not prohibit future eligibility. A student may be awarded more than one consecutive TGF scholarship. However, priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a TGF scholarship.

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 gbradygbconsult@verizon.net

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.

Air and Waste Management Scholarship Program

Eligibility Individuals must be full-time graduate students pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers in air quality, waste management, environmental management/policy/law, and/or sustainability during the next academic year. Membership is not a requirement for the student or their advisor; however, it is strongly encouraged. The Scholarship is a one-year award. Individuals must reapply to qualify for a second year.

Youth Activity Fund

Grants are made to high school and college undergraduate students to enable them to participate in field research in the natural sciences under the supervision of a qualified scientist. Although there is no strict limit, grants typically are in the range of several hundred to one thousand dollars. (In some cases grants will be co-funded by local chapters of The Explorers Club). Only a limited number of applicants from a single institution can expect to be funded in any year.

EEF - College Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is made available by the Environmental Education Foundation, Inc. The EEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of environmental education and /or the creation of awareness to environmental problems in the Geneva Lakes area. This is done primarily through the awarding of scholarships to local students.The Environmental Education Foundation offers a scholarship of up to $1,500.00 annually to qualified college juniors or seniors pursuing a degree in natural sciences at an accredited college or university. Each candidate's academic record, professional goals, relevant work experience and Geneva Lake area past or present residency are evaluated when selecting the top candidate. Annual application to the Foundation is required.

CITES Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded by CITES to promote knowledge and concerns about the environment and technical solutions to environmental problems. The recipient of this scholarship will be a guest at the annual CITES Symposium luncheon. The scholarship is usually in the amount of $1000.00, depending on funding availability. * United States citizen and an Indiana resident. * Undergraduate student enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester. * Students pursuing a diploma in Environmental Management, Occupational and Industrial Hygiene, Land Management or Energy resources options.

West Virginia University/SAE Engineering Schp

Applicants should be incoming freshmen who will be pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. A $1,000 freshman scholarship will be awarded.

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