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6 Amazing Scholarships for Students Who Love Sustainability

If you love the environment, animals, and saving the Earth, you can win money for college! Start your search with these six sustainability scholarships.

Starting college is a time of new experiences and excitement for the future, but it can also be a time of anxiety when considering the financial burden. Scholarships are a great way to showcase your skills in exchange for educational funds. And there are scholarships for practically everything, including sustainable living. If you’re passionate about helping the planet, these six scholarships are perfect for you!

1. TechWaste Recycling Scholarship

Are you a strong believer in recycling? Lucky for you, this year’s TechWaste Recycling Scholarship theme is, “How do you make an impact in your community with E-Waste Recycling?” Applicants must submit either a 700–1,000-word essay or a one-to-five-minute video in response to that question. There are three $1,000 prizes available, and the winners will also receive laptops. The deadline is April 15, 2023—so if you intend to apply for this scholarship, you should start working as soon as possible!

2. Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards are intended for 13–22-year-olds in North America (including Canada, Mexico, and some Caribbean islands) who are actively leading a project centered around the protection of the Earth. Applicants must submit an online application that asks you to describe your environmental work. Six recipients will each receive $3,000, a short film produced about your project, and flights and lodging for a week-long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in leadership activities, workshops, and the awards ceremony. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2023.

Related: Youth of the Year Award

3. Ocean Awareness Contest

Do you have a passion for art as well as sustainability? Then you’ll love the 12th annual Ocean Awareness Contest. Artists who are 11–18 years old are invited to submit a response to the theme “Climate Heroes in Action” using any medium they choose—including visual art, poetry, creative writing, film, performing arts, and multimedia—for the chance to win cash prizes of up to $1,500. You can participate as an individual or with others in a club, class, or group of any size. Students from around the world are eligible, except for current college students. Be sure to submit your creative work before June 13, 2023.

4. Vegetarian Video Scholarship

Are you a non-meat eater who’s passionate about sharing your vegetarian or vegan lifestyle with others? If so, the Vegetarian Resource Group’s Vegetarian Video Scholarship contest invites you to submit a video about what you want others to know about vegetarianism and/or veganism. There are two cash prizes of $100 and one cash prize of $200. This scholarship is open to students of all ages, and the deadline for submitting your video is July 15, 2023.  

Related: The Vegetarian Resource Group's College Scholarship

5. Claes Nobel Good Earth Sustainability Scholarship

Offered by the National Society of High School Scholars, the Claes Nobel Good Earth Sustainability Scholarship is open to all high school and college students. Applicants must submit a 500–800-word essay in response to the Claes Nobel quote, “I hope soon, you shall gain a new world view that fosters global stability and the cultivation of love and virtue.” A letter of recommendation from an educator and photos, videos, or other media of your leadership in action are also required. Five $2,000 awards are available, and the deadline is August 1, 2023.

6. Future Without Speciesism Award

Sponsored by PETA, the Future Without Speciesism Award is open to all students ages 18 and older. Applicants are asked to submit an idea for a unique alternative to an animal product. In addition to a description of this theoretical invention, you must also submit blueprints or photos that illustrate how your idea would be brought to life. You could win cash prizes from $1,000–$10,000, and there is no deadline, so feel free to work on your creative idea for as long as you need!

Related: Animal Rescue Scholarship

If you’re an environmentally driven student, these scholarships could be a perfect addition to your plan to afford college. Now grab your reusable water bottle and your favorite comfy outfit and get to work! 

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About Hailey Myers

Hailey Myers is a homeschooled high school student from California. She's been drawn to literature and creative activities from a young age and is ecstatic to share what she knows with fellow students. 


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