Earth Science Scholarships

Here are some of the Earth Science scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Regeneron Science Talent Search

Regeneron STS is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science research competition for high school students. Started in 1942 as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, Regeneron STS recognizes and empowers our nation’s most promising young scientists who are developing ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges. Each year, nearly 2,000 students enter the Regeneron STS, submitting original research in critically important scientific fields of study. Unique among high school competitions, the Regeneron STS focuses on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the nation’s most promising future leaders in STEM. Eligibility: High school seniors living in the United States, and US citizens living abroad, who have completed independent research projects are encouraged to apply online for the chance to win up to $250,000! Deadline: Apply today through November 8 Learn more & apply:

The DigitalGlobe Foundation Award for the Application of High-Resolution Digital Satellite Imagery

Purpose: To support remote sensing education and stimulate the development of applications of high-resolution digital satellite imagery for applied research by undergraduate or graduate students. Eligibility: Full time undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college or university in the USA or Canada with image processing facilities appropriate for conducting the proposed work. Student member of ASPRS Award: A grant of satellite imagery data up to 500 square kilometers (potential value of up to $20,000), and a certificate inscribed with the recipient’s name. This award is presented by the ASPRS Foundation, with funding provided by The DigitalGlobe Foundation. DigitalGlobe will consider additional recipients per year based on the selection committee’s recommendation of an additional candidate’s merit. Award Parameters: Level of Imagery The 500 square kilometers will be limited IKONOS and GeoEye-1 imagery from the DigitalGlobe archive and can be the following product types: IKONOS (1M Panchromatic, 4M Multispectral, or 1M Pansharpenend Multispectral) Geo Geo Stereo (US only) GeoProfessional (Ortho, US only) GeoEye-1 (0.50-meter Panchromatic, 2-meter Multispectral, or 0.50-meter Pansharpenend Multispectral) Geo Geo Stereo (US only) GeoProfessional (Ortho, US only)

MMSA/SMEF Presidential Scholarship

The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Foundation offer one significant scholarship (MMSA/SMEF Scholarship) on an annual basis to an outstanding student whose study program encompasses any aspect of the extractive minerals industry. The scholarship will be awarded to a student whose study program is directed toward: a. Mining or geological engineering. b. Metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, or chemical engineering as related to metal recovery. c. Mining or mineral exploration geology. d. Environmental science or engineering as related to mining activities. Applicant Qualifications: MMSA/SMEF Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. 2. Be an SME student member in good standing. 3. Attend a school that is ABET-accredited and/or has an SME student chapter. 4. Demonstrate a desire for and a probability of success in a career in the minerals industry. Application Requirements: MMSA/SMEF Scholarship applications must be submitted online through SME’s scholarship application portal ( The online application requires the following information: 1. Demographic and contact information. 2. Short statement (one page) describing applicant’s interest in/passion for a career in the extractive minerals industry. 3. Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from university faculty. 4. Résumé detailing past education and work experience. 5. Copy of most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are OK). 6. Anticipated expenses/income for the current academic year.

Mining & Exploration Division Scholarship and Eugene P. Pfleider Scholarship

The Mining & Exploration (M&E) Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration annually awards scholarships to promising college students who have chosen as a career path the field of mining engineering. Applicants must be majoring in mining, geology or other field of specialization covered by the M&E Division’s technical unit committees (Environmental Control & Reclamation, Geochemistry, Geology, Geomechanics, Geophysics, Hydrology, Open Pit Mining, Operations Research, Solution Mining, Underground Mining and Underground Ventilation). The Eugene P. Pfleider Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Mining & Exploration Division and is awarded on an annual basis to students pursuing careers in mining engineering. Eligible students may submit one application in consideration for both of these scholarships. See the scholarship guidelines for more information. Applicant Qualifications: M&E/Pfleider Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. 2. Be an SME student member in good standing. 3. Attend a school that is ABET accredited and/or has an SME student chapter. 4. Demonstrate a desire for and a probability of success in a career in the mining/minerals industry. Application Requirements: M&E/Pfleider Scholarship applications must be submitted online via SME’s Scholarship portal: The online application requires the following information: 1. Demographic and contact information. 2. Short statement (one page) describing applicant’s interest in/passion for a career in the mining/minerals industry. 3. Two references, one from university faculty and one from an appropriate industry professional. 4. Résumé detailing past education and work experience. 5. Copy of most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are OK). 6. Anticipated expenses/income for the current academic year.

SEG/John R. Butler Endowed Scholarship

SEG Scholarships are based on merit. To qualify, you must be: A student who is either: Attending high school and planning to enter college next fall; An undergraduate or graduate college student whose grades are above average. Intending to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in applied geophysics or a closely related field, such as geosciences, physics, geology, or earth and environmental sciences.

F&P Division Scholarship

The Fuels and Petrochemicals Division of AICHE (F&PD) is pleased to sponsor two $1,000 one-time awards to exemplary high school seniors who plan on studying engineering or science. F&PD is committed to introducing high school students to careers in Fuels & Petrochemicals through its programs, helping to fuel the industry’s need for top talent in the future. Award: Two $1000 awards. Presentation: The award is presented at the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division Annual Award Luncheon at the AIChE Spring National Meeting. Eligibility: Eligible applicants are graduating high school seniors with exemplary academic records and demonstrated leadership potential. Eligible applicants must plan to attend an accredited four year university in the fall and plan to major in engineering or science. Applicants must be sponsored by a member of F&PD. Members can sponsor up to two applicants a year. College acceptance letters and proof of registration must be presented to F&PD’s scholarship panel prior to disbursement of awards. Application Package: Application Form- Complete and signed application. Transcript- Official copy of applicant’s high school transcript(s). Essay- Applicant must submit an original, typed, single-sided, double-spaced essay which discusses a current event in regards to Fuels & Petrochemicals Industry and shares the applicant’s thoughts (i.e. gas prices, alternative fuel sources, carbon credits, plant safety, ethanol, etc.) Essays should be no more than 1000 words in length. Letter of Reference- Applicant must submit one letter of reference from a high school or community leader which discusses the applicant’s scholastic ability, character and/or leadership characteristics. Sponsorship Letter – Applicants must submit a sponsorship letter from a practicing engineer or scientist. The letter should state why this applicant is being sponsored. Mailing Instructions: All materials must be mailed in one envelope or package, and be postmarked before January 31. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Address to: Fuels & Petrochemicals Division of AICHE Attn: Scholarship Panel/Ian M. Glasgow 16001 Park Ten Place Houston, TX 77084 Or, as an alternative, you may also submit all materials via email to

WAAIME Scholarship

On an annual basis, the Women's Auxiliary to AIME (WAAIME) Scholarship fund provides scholarships to students pursuing degrees in the earth sciences as related to the minerals field. Fields recognized by WAAIME may include mining, geological sciences, metallurgy, petroleum, mineral sciences, materials science and engineering, mining economics, chemical engineering, and other related studies. The number and amount of scholarships awarded yearly shall be dictated by the funds available and by the financial needs of the applicants. Students are eligible to receive a maximum of two years of funding from WAAIME. The two years may be two undergraduate years, two graduate years, or one undergraduate year and one graduate year. Should extenuating circumstances occur, the student’s sponsoring section’s scholarship chair may recommend that the WAAIME Executive Committee approve a third year of funding for a student. Students wishing to receive funding must reapply annually. WAAIME Scholarship applicants must be attending accredited colleges or universities within the United States. The list of schools accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, shall be used as a general guideline. There are no requirements regarding age, sex, citizenship, race or religion. Candidates may first apply in their second year of study. Preference will be given first to those needing aid for their final year and secondly to those requiring aid for their junior year. Undergraduate assistance will have priority over graduate work. All candidates must be full-time students and must maintain full-time status to receive WAAIME assistance. All candidates must be members or student members in good standing with an appropriate AIME member society, which consist of the following: SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration), website at SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)- website at TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society), website at: or AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology), website at: Each website above provides information on student membership. If you are not currently a student member of one of the societies listed above, please contact the appropriate society for more information. Student membership ID number must be included on the WAAIME Scholarship application and membership will be verified.

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation - Scholarship Program

* The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was created to ensure that the United States would maintain its leadership in science and technology in the future by supporting promising students in science and engineering. * Scholarship candidates must be nominated by faculty members. Students may not apply directly for the scholarship. * Scholarship nominees must be U.S. citizens. * Scholarship nominees must be engineering or natural or applied science (e.g. astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, computer science) or mathematics students with intentions to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees. Students intending to pursue a practice in professional medicine are not eligible for the scholarship. However, those intending to perform biomedical research are eligible. * At the time of nomination, scholarship candidates must be at least second year (sophomore) college students, have excellent grades, and have participated in lab and research work in their field. With this background, the student is fairly well committed to continuing on this course. * The Astronaut Scholarship is awarded only to students during their junior or senior year, or to Masters students. In some cases students may carry their awards to a second year. * Scholarship nominees are those students who have shown initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field. Special consideration is not given to aeronautical/astronautical engineering students or those intending to pursue careers as astronauts. * Scholarship nominees and recipients must be attending one of the following cooperating educational institutions: o Georgia Institute of Technology o Harvey Mudd College o Miami University (Ohio) o North Carolina A&T State University o North Carolina State University o North Dakota State University o Pennsylvania State University o Purdue University o Syracuse University o Texas A&M University o Tufts University o University of Central Florida o University of Colorado o University of Kentucky o University of Michigan o University of Minnesota o University of Oklahoma o University of Washington o Washington University (St. Louis) * The scholarship candidates are nominated by faculty in their department to a university-wide committee. The university committee selects their best two candidates and submits these nominees to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Committee. * The ASF Scholarship Committee selects one recipient from each school and presents the candidates to the ASF Board of Directors for approval. If both nominees from a school are deemed unqualified, the scholarship will not be awarded to the school.

SEG Foundation Scholarship Program

General requirements for eligibility: (1) A student must intend to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in Exploration Geophysics (2) A student must be one of the following: (a) Attending high school and planning to enter college next fall. (b) An undergraduate or graduate college student whose grades are above average. (3) A student's need of financial assistance will be considered. (4) Certain scholarships administered by the Foundation impose additional qualifications; whether an applicant meets these qualifications can be determined if the questionnaire on the inner pages of the folder is completed.

Straight North STEM Scholarship

With Internet marketing becoming more complex and challenging by the day, successful execution requires a solid education. As an industry leader, Straight North supports students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Through the Straight North STEM Scholarship, we award the winning student $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. In addition, we award $250 book scholarships to the two runners-up.

Teacher Education Scholarship Program

The Teacher Education Scholarship Program is open to full-time undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens. Students must be enrolled in a program of study at one of Virginia's five Space Grant colleges (College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech) when they actually receive the award. Since this award is intended to encourage students to enter teaching, students may also apply during their senior year in high school or in their sophomore year in a community college. The award is contingent on their matriculation at a Space Grant college and entrance into a teacher certification program. Students currently enrolled in a Space Grant college can apply when they declare their intent to enter the teacher certification program. Those students enrolled in a career transition program leading to a degree in education are also eligible to apply. Students eligible for support must be in a track that would qualify them to teach in a pre-college setting. Priority will be given to those majoring in technology education, mathematics or earth/space/environmental science. Successful scholarship recipients should have grade point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Since an important purpose of this program is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science, math and technology education, the VSGC especially encourages applications from these students.

CDM Scholarship/Internship

Scholarship Value: $6,000 Classifications: Open Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Science Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: CDM and its subsidiaries, CDM Federal Programs Corporation and CDM Constructors, Inc. in association with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have established a scholarship/internship program for six students who have a 3.0 grade point average or above and who are majoring in a variety or engineering, science or construction disciplines, such as chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, geology/hydrogeology, geography, GIS, mechanical, mining and structural or will be pursuing a masters degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: CDM Donor/Sponsor URL: Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.

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