December 12, 2019


Environmental majors are in a highly unique position to find themselves in.  It is the simple fact that Environment majors are in line for several streams of both jobs, but also opportunities to win scholarship awards.  Also, there are just the conventional “you’re doing a great job” scholarships, so you should make sure you don’t pass those up either.  If you want to get yourself into a rewarding and lucrative career, then you may want to join one of the fastest growing topics in science in this environment conscious era.


The Nature of Nature

Environmental science will take you down a long, competitive road.  This happens to be one of the more passionate of science topics, so naturally, there might be more competition.  The best part is the fact that you will be able to find scholarships from trust funds, green conscious charitable non-profit organizations, government funds, and even the private sector.  You literally cover just about the entire gambit, when it comes to sources for scholarship funds.


Think “Lobbying”

One of the best ways to get someone else foot the bill for your education is to make sure that you are working for people who need thinkers.  For instance, lobbying groups are always looking for bright minds with passion, and what better way to recruit a student than to pay for their education.  Also, you might find that this may give you access to grants and other government funding.

Once you go into the world of lobbying, you cross into that grey zone between nonprofit organization and government organization.  This means that there is a capacity to make money from both sides.


Opportunities Everywhere

Environmental science even has the ability to dip into the corporate side of business. These days, everyone is looking for ways to be fuel efficient.  Not only will you be able to help businesses do that, but there are also innovative business that exist for the express purpose of creating environment conscious solutions to problems.  If you prove to be a valuable asset early in the game, then you will not only solidify a position in that company before graduation day, but they may also pay for your continuing education.

Also, you can’t forget the possibility of going to certain colleges that provide these scholarships to the qualified students.  This does need to be a balancing act for the simple reason that if a college offers you $2,000, and they cost $2,500 more than their competitor, then you’ve not done yourself any favors.  Here are some examples of scholarships like that…

The American Nuclear Society offers scholarships to undergraduates who are at least in their junior year and are in a discipline preparing them to work with the environmental aspects of nuclear science or nuclear engineering.

Students interested in fields of study such as poultry or animal science can write the National Poultry and Food Distributors Association at NPFDA, 958 McEver Rd, Ext., Unit B-8, Gainesville, GA 30504 for more information about their scholarships (ranging between $1,500 and $2,000) available for college juniors and seniors.

The National Environmental Health Association and the American Academy of Sanitarians offer scholarships to both undergraduates and graduates. Junior or senior undergraduates and graduate students who are attending a university accredited by the Environmental Health Accreditation Council may apply for this scholarship to pay tuition and fees.

Minority doctoral students in the ocean sciences program may want to look at the Hall-Bonner scholarship. Offered by Hampton University, Old Dominion University, and The College of William and Mary, this scholarship includes funding not only for tuition, but research and travel to scientific meetings as well.

Students of American Indian or Alaskan native descent may apply for the Bureau of Reclamation Scholarship. This is an undergraduate scholarship offered to students who are working towards a Bachelor’s degree in an environmental field such as science or engineering related to water resources.