Committing to an academic and professional career in environmental studies can not only benefit Mother Nature, but your financial aid as well. Here is a selection of environmental studies scholarships to help out those set on learning and making a difference in our environment.
Annie’s Homegrown, which makes organic, all-natural pasta, snacks, and mac and cheese, is dedicated to supporting future generations of farmers. Annie’s gives a total of $50,000 in awards to students pursuing studies in sustainable and organic agriculture.
Eligibility: Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate studying sustainable agriculture for the 2010-2011 school year. International students enrolled in U.S. schools may apply.
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2009
The Garden Club of America, dedicated to stimulating the knowledge and love of gardening, and restoring, improving and protecting our environment, offers a plethora of scholarships for students and professionals in various environmental fields, including landscape architecture, horticulture, botany, garden design, wetland conservation, ecological restoration, desert studies and urban forestry. Scholarships include the Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarship, which awards students studying horticulture and related fields, up to $3000 per student, and the GCA Fellowship in Ecological Restoration, which awards $8000 to one or more graduate students studying ecological restoration. Eligibility and deadlines vary by application.
Middlebury College in Vermont, known for its dedication to going green, offers this yearlong fellowship program to 10 environmental journalists at the start of their career, along with a $10,000 stipend for reporting expenses. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in group workshops and edit their stories with authors and reporters, including former New York Times reporter Keith Schneider. Middlebury students also may receive fellowships and a $4,000 stipend by proposing a story and providing writing samples.
Eligibility: Working journalists with prior experience and interest in reporting environmental issues may apply for $10,000 stipend. You must be a Middlebury student to apply for the $4,000 stipend.
Deadline: May 15, 2010
Morris Udall, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the1960s who was devoted to the environment, worked to pass environmentally concerned legislation such as the Alaska Lands Act of 1980 which doubled the size of the national park system. The Udall Foundation annually awards 80 scholarships and 50 honorable mentions based on merit. Scholarship benefits include up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, a four-day Udall Scholars Orientation in Arizona, and access to a network of environmental professionals through the Udall alumni listserv.
Eligibility: Must be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior college undergraduate student at a two-year or four-year institution with a grade-point average of at least a B. Applicants must