Scholarships Available for Those Pursuing a Sustainability Degree
- Social and Water Conservation Society Donald A. Williams Soil Conservation Scholarship
- Annie’s Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Awards
- Brittney Fox Watts Endowment for Study Abroad in Sustainability Scholarship
- Garden Club of America Scholarships
There are many scholarships available for students interested in careers that will help create a sustainable environment. Some of these sustainability scholarships require that students, in addition to pursuing an applicable degree, show a demonstrated commitment to the environment. Some scholarships also require that students demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
1. Social and Water Conservation Society Donald A. Williams Soil Conservation Scholarship
This scholarship provides an award of $1,000 for those are currently employed in an industry that promotes sustainability and who would like to advance their education. To receive the scholarship, applicants must demonstrate financial need and they must have been employed in the industry for at least one year. They also need to have been members of the Social and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) for a minimum of a year.
Students can apply for the scholarship directly at the website of SWCS.
2. Annie’s Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship
Every year, the company — which is known for its organic food products — provides more than $100,000 in scholarships for students working toward a sustainability degree. Applicable degrees include organic and regenerative agriculture. Scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Students can download a scholarship application at the company’s website. Please note that the company only accepts applications between January 15 and March 15.
3. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Awards
The Environmental Protection Agency has called the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) one of “the leading sources of sustainable purchasing guidance around the globe.” For nearly 10 years, the organization has issued a variety of sustainability scholarships, which include the Student Sustainability Leadership Award, the Campus Sustainability Achievement Award, and the Campus Sustainability Research Award.
Students can apply for these scholarships at the website of AASHE.
4. Brittney Fox Watts Endowment for Study Abroad in Sustainability Scholarship
This scholarship, provided by the University of Georgia’s Office of Sustainability, gives financial support to students who are studying sustainability abroad. Students must also demonstrate financial need, have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have actively participated in extra-curricular activities. They also need to provide faculty recommendations, and they must write a 1,000-word essay related to sustainability.
Students can apply for the scholarship at the website of Sustainable USA.
5. Garden Club of America Scholarships
The Garden Club of America (GCA) has been offering environmental scholarships since 1928, and they have provided such scholarships to more 1,300 students. This includes more than $300,000 last year alone to 65 students. They offer scholarships to those studying in a variety of fields directly relating to sustainability. Many of these scholarships require that students demonstrate the ability to complete compelling research projects.
Students can obtain more information about the scholarships at the website of GCA.
In conclusion, students interested in a sustainability degree have a lot of options in terms of scholarships. These scholarships can help those committed to creating a sustainable world fulfill their dreams, by providing them with the financial support they need to complete their degrees.