Sustainability Grants and Scholarships

Students pursuing a sustainability degree through Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability are eligible to apply for a number of grants and scholarships. These opportunities are offered by both businesses and individuals with an interest in the environmental, social and economic well-being of our future. Awards are presented at a spring banquet, which awardees are expected to attend.

Tips for a Successful Application

  • Make sure you are eligible (read the criteria).
  • Make sure your application addresses the questions being asked, and that you are providing the necessary information.
  • Have someone else proofread your essay before you submit it.
  • Make sure you understand what you are applying for: through the School of Sustainability, some awards are for tuition purposes only (scholarships) and some are for assistance with specific project (grants).

Scholarships for Undergraduate or Graduate Sustainability Students

Key Green Solutions Sustainability Scholarship

The Key Green Solutions Sustainability Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a student with a strong interest in the connection between sustainability and the health care industry. Key Green Solutions is a company that creates web-based software designed to help hospitals track their energy, water, waste stream and food/environmentally-preferred purchases through tools including dashboards, scorecards and benchmarks. The scholarship supports students with interests similar to the company’s.

  • Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled full-time in the School of Sustainability as an undergraduate or graduate student. Must have at least a 3.50 cumulative graduate GPA (if a current student) or a 3.50 cumulative undergraduate GPA (if an incoming student). Students must write an essay of approximately 500 words describing their academic standing in school, what they hope to do with their degree in sustainability in the field of health care and what makes them the best candidate for this scholarship.
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Martinson Sustainability Solutions Research Grant

The Martinson Sustainability Solutions Research Grant Program offers funding for ASU sustainability student-proposed research and applied projects designed to support and advance sustainability. Projects can cover any aspect of sustainability and range from local to global in scope. Project awards typically range from $100 to $500.

  • Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled full-time in the School of Sustainability and at the junior, senior, or graduate level. Undergraduate sustainability students must be engaged in a Capstone-type project or Honors thesis work.
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Neely Foundation Food and Agriculture Sustainability Research Grant

The Neely Foundation Food and Agriculture Sustainability Research Grants Program offers funding for ASU sustainability student-proposed research and applied projects designed to support and advance food and agricultural system sustainability. Project awards typically range from $1,000 to $4,000 and can cover any aspect of food and agriculture sustainability.

  • Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled full-time in the School of Sustainability and at the junior, senior, or graduate level. Undergraduate sustainability students must be engaged in a Capstone-type project or Honors thesis work. Several documents are required for this application.
  • 2013 Awards Summary »
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Herff Jones Solutions Sustainability Scholarship

Through its “Go Green” regalia program Herff Jones supplies commencement gowns made from recycled materials for ASU graduates. The Herff Jones Sustainability Scholarship is a $1,000 to $5,000 grant awarded to students with a strong interest in the connection between sustainability and solid waste reduction: recycling, repurposing, food waste reduction/composting, and other sustainability practices designed to reduce waste.

  • Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015
  • Eligibility: Must be enrolled full-time in the School of Sustainability as an upper-class (junior or senior) undergraduate or graduate student. Must have at least a 3.50 cumulative graduate GPA (if a current student) or a 3.50 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
  • An essay of approximately 500 words is required for this scholarship and should focus on describing the applicant’s participation in, or intention to participate in, research or project experiences focused on identifying waste solutions. It should also justify how the scholarship will help the applicant pursue these interests while enrolled in the School of Sustainability.
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Ray Anderson Memorial Scholarship

The Ray Anderson Scholarship Fund has been established to honor the contribution of Ray Anderson to the field of sustainability. The founder and chairman of the modular carpet company, Interface, Inc., Ray Anderson was recognized worldwide as a visionary entrepreneur and a champion for the environment. Ray Anderson was a member of the Board of Trustees for Sustainability at ASU for five years. In that role, he played a vital role in the creation of the Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability at ASU. This $1,000 scholarship is intended to be a lasting legacy of his vision and leadership.

  • Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015
  • Eligibility: Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in a School of Sustainability degree program with a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 3.25. Students will have participated or intend to participate in undergraduate or graduate research experiences focused on identifying solutions to specific sustainability problems. An essay of approximately 500 words is required for this scholarship and should focus on describing the applicant’s participation in or intention to participate in research experiences focused on identifying solutions to specific sustainability problems. This essay should also justify how this scholarship will help the applicant pursue these interests while enrolled in the School of Sustainability.
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Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarships

The Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarships award ASU sustainability undergraduate and graduate students funding (award amount varies based on program costs) to support participation in the summer Walton Global Sustainability Studies study abroad programs. These condensed, rigorous courses are set within foreign cultures throughout the globe allowing students to apply classroom learning in a global context.

Students will be notified of scholarship eligibility and process upon confirmation of acceptance into a Global Studies program. A limited number of scholarships are available to ASU sustainability students. The scholarship award amount may be up to 40 to 60 percent of the total cost of the program, not to exceed $5,000. Awards will be based on a competitive process including essay application, academic merit and relevance to the student’s field of study. All scholarships will be awarded by the beginning of February of each year.

Scholarship eligibility:

  • Sustainability majors, minors or concentration area students, applying to one of the programs listed
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • 56 credit hours completed by the time of participation
  • Two of the following courses (or equivalent) completed by the time of participation: SOS 100, SOS110, SOS111, SOS 300
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Other Scholarships

Since scholarship awards are competitive, we also encourage you to apply for outside scholarships. To apply for other scholarships at ASU, students must complete the General Scholarship Application . This application is used to identify qualified students for various scholarships at ASU and from private donors.

Questions?

If you have specific questions related to graduate or undergraduate scholarships: