2020 EnvironmentalScience.org $1,000 Stewards of the Environment Scholarship

Environmental science is a broad field with outstanding opportunities in a variety of professions related to the natural sciences. This means that the particular environmental concerns that motivated you to pursue a degree in environmental science and the specific areas and ways you're going to apply your scientific know-how could be unique from most other people coming into the field. That ability to follow your own interests and work toward solutions to the issues that are most important to you is what makes environmental science such a fascinating and personally rewarding field to get into.

However, what remains constant across many professions in environmental science is the need to earn a degree.

We are honored to offer the $1,000 Stewards of the Environment Scholarship to help those with a desire to serve as champions of the environment get a little closer to their educational goal.

Don't delay - we're accepting applications now!

Submission Deadline

The application window is open until December 1, 2020. We will accept and consider any qualifying submission that comes in by midnight on this date.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Any recently accepted or currently enrolled student in a qualifying bachelor's, master's, or doctorate program in environmental science or a closely related field (e.g., environmental policy, environmental management, environmental studies) is eligible to apply.

All current students must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their studies.

All recently accepted students must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program.

Recently accepted bachelor's students must show proof of having a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0.

Recently accepted master's students must show proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their undergraduate studies; and recently accepted doctoral students must show proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their master's program.

Scholarship Application Requirements

You will need to submit just four things to meet the scholarship application requirements:

  • Complete application form with verifiably true and accurate information
  • 100% original essay that addresses the topic described below (2,500 words or less)
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance in a qualifying bachelor's, master's, or doctorate program (letter of acceptance or another verifiable document with university letterhead)
  • Proof of meeting minimum GPA requirements (transcript summary or another verifiable document with university or high school letterhead)

The application form, required documentation, and essay must all be submitted at the same time.

Any false or inaccurate information on the application form or plagiarized content on the essay would be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Essay Topic

Where do you envision a degree in environmental science taking you?

With a foundation in both the natural and social sciences, environmental science encompasses a broad range of applications in a broad range of career paths. This is why a degree in the field is the right fit for work in everything from urban planning to forestry and wetland ecology to the policy considerations responsible for allocating the money needed to get this work done.

In 2,500 words or less, tell us what you feel are the most pressing environmental issues and how you plan to use the skills and knowledge you develop in your degree program to work toward resolving them.

Scholarship Application

Where do you envision a degree in environmental science taking you?

With a foundation in both the natural and social sciences, environmental science encompasses a broad range of applications in a broad range of career paths. This is why a degree in the field is the right fit for work in everything from urban planning to forestry and wetland ecology to the policy considerations responsible for allocating the money needed to get this work done.

In 2,500 words or less, tell us what you feel are the most pressing environmental issues and how you plan to use the skills and knowledge you develop in your degree program to work toward resolving them.

By submitting, you agree to our privacy policy and disclaimer.

We take your privacy seriously, so you can be sure the information you provide is safe and secure. We do not sell or share information to third party websites or companies, or make use of it internally for marketing or any other purpose. Contact information is used solely for the purpose of notifying the winner.

Selecting the Winner

Our staff will review all applications and essays that meet the basic requirements and select a winner based strictly on the strength of the essay.

The essay topic is all about your personal experience and your own subjective thoughts and opinions, so naturally there is some subjectivity to our selection process. This means that everyone with a qualifying GPA who is enrolled in or has been accepted to a qualifying program has an equal shot at winning, regardless of background, employment history, or extracurriculars. We feel this is the most equitable way to approach the selection process.

We know that all applicants are worthy of the award, but we're limited to choosing just one winner per year.

Announcing the Winner

We will announce the winner of the Stewards of the Environment Scholarship within 30 days of the close of the application window on December 1, 2020.

We will start by contacting the winner by phone or email to deliver the good news. At that time, we will ask for proof of current enrollment and transcripts covering the period of time that passed since submitting the application. No further documentation would be required for students who submit their essay and application within the winter quarter/semester.

If the selected recipient is unable to supply the required documentation, or if the GPA has dropped below 3.5 (college) or 3.0 (high school) since submitting the application, we reserve the right to rescind the award and give it to another applicant.

We will ask the winner to provide a picture of themselves along with a few words that we will publish right here on EnvironmentalScience.org.

We will then make our official announcement to share the good news with our readers.

Paying Out the Award

We will make out a check for the full $1,000 award and send it directly to the winner in one lump payment immediately upon making our official announcement.

The winner is free to use the proceeds at their discretion to apply toward tuition, books, housing, or any other expenses they need to cover during their graduate program.

Non-Discrimination Policy

EnvironmentalScience.org does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual orientation. All qualified applicants are given equal consideration and are assessed strictly based on the strength of their essay. It is at the sole discretion of our staff to select the applicant we feel best exemplifies the traits and values of a great environmental scientist.