7 Sustainability-Based Scholarships for 2019

Are you passionate about conservation and the environment? Check out these scholarships for undergrad and grad students who want to pursue a college education based in sustainability.

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2019

This article was originally posted on Green Mountain College’s blog.

Are you passionate about sustainability or dedicated to choosing a college that will prepare you for mission-driven work? 

Below you will find a list of scholarships that are specifically tailored for undergraduate (and graduate) students who want to pursue an education based in sustainability. 

Related: Choosing Sustainability in Your College Search

1. Annie's Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship  

Annie's Homegrown, a company based out of Berkeley, California, offers annual Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education focused on responsible agriculture food stability. 

According to Annie’s, “We strive to make a positive impact through the foods we make, and we know we can’t change the food system alone. Through our scholarship program, we are thrilled to support students who share our mission to leave the planet better than we found it by advancing the principles of regenerative agriculture."  

Interested students can apply in early 2019.

2. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Awards

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) grants awards to honor students from AASHE-member institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability at the community college, four-year university, and graduate institution levels. Application deadlines vary. 

3. Paul and Marsha Fonteyn Full Tuition Make a Difference Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student at Green Mountain College who demonstrates his or her significant contribution to a fellow human, to society, or toward conservation and sustainability. The award includes full tuition, room, board, and fees at Green Mountain College and can be renewed annually as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing.

To be considered for this award, you must share the nomination form with someone who can recommend you for the award (teacher, mentor, adviser, etc.). Once the nomination is submitted, you will receive an application form and an essay prompt to complete.

4. Green Mountain College First in Sustainability Scholarship

Another award that covers full tuition, room, board, and fees for four years of attendance at Green Mountain College, this scholarship is open to any high school senior who has been accepted to GMC. The online application requires applicants to submit an essay, up to 800 words, describing:

1. What change you would like to make for a better and more sustainable world; and

2. How an education at Green Mountain College will prepare you to make the change.

5. Brower Youth Awards 

Founded by the Sierra Club's first executive director, David Brower, this award recognizes six environmental activists between the ages of 13 and 22. Administered by the Earth Island Institute, which was founded by Brower in 1982, the program offers each award recipient a $3,000 cash prize and a week-long trip to San Francisco, where they participate in conferences and outdoor activities. Learn more about the 2019 application deadlines here.  

6. Blades of Grass Green Scholarship Fund

The Blades of Green Scholarship Fund is open to undergraduate and graduate students. In order to be considered for this award, you must be pursuing education in Environmental Studies or related fields and submit a letter of intent describing what inspired your pursuit of a sustainability-focused field.

Submit your letter of intent before March 13, 2019, in order to qualify. The winner will be awarded $1,000.

7. Windstar Environmental Studies Scholarship

Offering two $500 scholarships for qualified undergraduates entering their junior or senior year of college and one $1,000 scholarship for graduate students entering their second year of a master’s program, the Windstar Environmental Studies Scholarship program seeks to help sustainability-inspired students fund their education.

Eligible candidates must be enrolled in an accredited US institution for Environmental Studies or Environmental Engineering, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and submit a 500-word essay on previous environment-related service work.

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About Green Mountain College

For more than 20 years, Green Mountain College (GMC) has focused on environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Its curriculum is rated #1 in the nation, and the College has been recognized for its leadership in sustainability more than any other college in the country. Its faculty members are leaders in their fields, with proven success teaching and mentoring GMC students to take on the great challenges of these times.

One hundred percent of GMC students receive some kind of financial assistance. That's because GMC is dedicated to preparing future leaders in sustainability. Green Mountain College uses a sustainability-focused education and dedication to authentic sustainability to prepare uniquely qualified graduates to step into various sustainability-related professional fields, but the College knows that figuring out how to pay for college can be a challenge for some. 

Green Mountain College's holistic, sustainability-based education, built on a core sustainability-focused liberal arts curriculum, enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world. The College also offers online master's degree programs, plus three-year BS degrees in partnership with Vermont Law School and The Killington Resort. For more information, visit greenmtn.edu.  


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