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Scholarships for sustainability students

Students pursuing a sustainability degree through Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships. Scholarship awards are posted to a student’s account to be used towards tuition and educational expenses. These opportunities are funded by both businesses and individuals with an interest in the environmental, social and economic well-being of our future.

The School of Sustainability uses a general scholarship application and also has some more specific types of scholarships that have more unique eligibility criteria. Students who are wanting to apply for a scholarship using a general application should locate the one most appropriate for them to apply to since there are four (ones for incoming vs. current students and ones for undergraduate vs. graduate students).

Tips for a successful application

  • Make sure you are eligible (read the eligibility criteria).
  • Take time to provide meaningful responses to all of the questions being asked.
  • Draft responses to essay questions and have someone else proofread them before you submit them, checking the following components:
    • Have you addressed the question while also conveying why you should receive the scholarship?
    • Have you structured your response using clear, concise, and organized writing?
    • Have you checked spelling and grammar?
  • If the application requires a letter of recommendation, give your recommender a heads up and give them plenty of time to prepare a recommendation. Give them information about the scholarship you’re applying for, including the deadline. Don’t forget to let them know if you are awarded a scholarship and share your appreciation for their time.

Undergraduate students

Incoming student

ASU attracts passionate students who want to learn how to develop solutions to some of the most pressing sustainability challenges they see in the world around them. The Sustainability Champions Scholarship is intended to help fund their ideas and education, as well as to attract and provide funding for a diverse group of scholars from around the world.

Incoming School of Sustainability undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Recipients will be chosen based upon merit and/or need. Funds will be allocated in the first year for tuition and educational expenses, or for tuition or development of a solution to a sustainability challenge in a future semester of the student’s undergraduate program.

  • Amount: $4,000
  • Deadline:
    Priority consideration Final consideration
    Incoming freshman February 1, 2020
    Incoming transfer, Incoming online May 1, 2020 July 1, 2020
  • Award term: Award amount will be split between Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 or can be reserved for a future year (up to 4 years or graduation, whichever comes first).
  • Academic level: Incoming undergraduate.
  • Eligibility: Must be an incoming full-time freshman or transfer student and be admitted to a School of Sustainability degree program by the time your application is submitted.
  • Essay: An essay or video is required.
  • If you are a sustainability officer or engaged in sustainability in your school’s student council, please be sure to mention this in your essay or video.
  • If you are a student from Kamehameha Schools, please be sure to mention this in your essay.

This is the general scholarship application for incoming undergraduate students in the School of Sustainability applying for scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The School of Sustainability believes in recognizing and supporting eligible sustainability students with financial assistance to support academic goals. Scholarships are funded through many sources including private businesses, corporations, foundations, alumni, and individual donors.

The application process is very competitive and selection is based on varying criteria such as academic merit, GPA, leadership and community service, program of study, academic and professional development goals, financial need, and residency classification.

  • Amount: $500 – $5,000
  • Deadline: February 1, 2020
  • Award term: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
  • Academic level: Incoming freshman, Incoming transfer
  • Eligibility: This application is only available to incoming undergraduate students admitted to the School of Sustainability who plan on being enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year. If awarded a scholarship, students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours at ASU each fall and spring semester for award disbursement. Some of our scholarships are merit-based and prior GPA and coursework may be taken into consideration. Some of our scholarships are need-based and may require students to demonstrate financial need. To determine financial need, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an indicator used to determine need. Complete the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov in order to be considered for financial need-based scholarships.
  • Essay: Students should answer essay prompts based on their experiences. Responses to essay prompts will be used to match students with available scholarships. It’s important that students spend time preparing meaningful responses to these questions and pay attention to spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure.
  • Reference: Applicants will be asked to include the name and contact information of a faculty member or instructor who has agreed to serve as a reference.
  • Apply online now

Current student

This is the general scholarship application for current undergraduate students in the School of Sustainability applying for scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The School of Sustainability believes in recognizing and supporting eligible sustainability students with financial assistance to support academic goals. Scholarships are funded through many sources including private businesses, corporations, foundations, alumni, and individual donors.

The application process is very competitive and selection is based on varying criteria such as academic merit, GPA, leadership and community service, program of study, academic and professional development goals, financial need, and residency classification.

  • Amount: $500 – $5,000
  • Deadline: February 10, 2020
  • Award term: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021
  • Academic level: Freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Eligibility: This application is only available to current undergraduate students admitted to the School of Sustainability who plan on being enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year. If awarded a scholarship, students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours at ASU each fall and spring semester for award disbursement. A special exception can be provided if the student does not need to enroll in the full 12 credit hours to graduate. Some of our scholarships are merit-based and prior GPA and coursework may be taken into consideration. Some of our scholarships are need-based and may require students to demonstrate financial need. To determine financial need, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an indicator used to determine need. Complete the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov in order to be considered for financial need based scholarships.
  • Essay: Students should answer essay prompts based on their experiences. Responses to essay prompts will be used to match students with available scholarships. It is important that students spend time preparing meaningful responses to these questions and pay attention to spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure.
  • Reference: Applicants will be asked to include the name and contact information of a faculty member or instructor who has agreed to serve as a reference.
  • Apply online now

Graduate students

Incoming student

This is the general scholarship application for incoming graduate students in the School of Sustainability applying for scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The School of Sustainability believes in recognizing and supporting eligible sustainability students with financial assistance to support academic goals. Scholarships are funded through many sources including private businesses, corporations, foundations, alumni, and individual donors.

The application process is very competitive and selection is based on varying criteria such as academic merit, GPA, leadership and community service, program of study, academic and professional development goals, financial need, and residency classification.

  • Amount: $500 – $5,000
  • Deadline: March 16, 2020
  • Award term: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
  • Academic level: Incoming graduate students
  • Eligibility: This application is only available to incoming graduate students admitted to the School of Sustainability who plan on being enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year. If awarded a scholarship, students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours at ASU each fall and spring semester for award disbursement. Some of our scholarships are merit-based and prior GPA and coursework may be taken into consideration. Some of our scholarships are need-based and may require students to demonstrate financial need. To determine financial need, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an indicator used to determine need. Complete the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov in order to be considered for financial need-based scholarships.
  • Essay: Students should answer essay prompts based on their experiences. Responses to essay prompts will be used to match students with available scholarships. It’s important that students spend time preparing meaningful responses to these questions and pay attention to spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure.
  • Reference: Applicants will be asked to include the name and contact information of a faculty member or instructor who has agreed to serve as a reference.
  • Apply online now

Current student

This is the general scholarship application for current graduate students in the School Sustainability applying for scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The School of Sustainability believes in recognizing and supporting eligible sustainability students with financial assistance to support academic goals. Scholarships are funded through many sources including private businesses, corporations, foundations, alumni, and individual donors.

The application process is very competitive and selection is based on varying criteria such as academic merit, GPA, leadership and community service, program of study, academic and professional development goals, financial need, and residency classification.

  • Amount: $500 – $5,000
  • Deadline: February 10, 2020
  • Award term: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021
  • Academic level: Continuing graduate students
  • Eligibility: This application is only available to current graduate students admitted to the School of Sustainability who plan on being enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year. If awarded a scholarship, students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours at ASU each fall and spring semester for award disbursement. A special exception can be provided if the student does not need to enroll in the full 12 credit hours to graduate. Some of our scholarships are merit-based and prior GPA and coursework may be taken into consideration. Some of our scholarships are need-based and may require students to demonstrate financial need. To determine financial need, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an indicator used to determine need. Complete the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov in order to be considered for financial need-based scholarships.
  • Essay: Students should answer essay prompts based on their experiences. Responses to essay prompts will be used to match students with available scholarships. It is important that students spend time preparing meaningful responses to these questions and pay attention to spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure.
  • Reference: Applicants will be asked to include the name and contact information of a faculty member or instructor who has agreed to serve as a reference.
  • Apply online now

The Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family is offering a limited number of scholarships for up to $1,500 to support Master of Sustainability Solutions (MSUS) students who have proposed culminating experience projects designed to address and advance the need for quality, affordable housing as well as healthy communities. Stardust recognizes the vital connection between healthy communities and access to stable, decent, and affordable housing.

Culminating experience projects may use the tools of research, community engagement, education, and public forums to raise awareness and build capacity to address the needs for quality, affordable homes and healthy communities that support well-being for individuals and families.

  • Amount: up to $1,500
  • Deadline:
    • November 17, 2019 for Spring 2020 Scholarship
    • April 12, 2020 for Fall 2020 Scholarship
  • Academic level: Graduate (MSUS student)
  • Award term: Fall 2019 or Spring 2020
  • Eligibility: Must be a current, full-time student admitted to the Master in Sustainability Solutions (MSUS) program and have an approved culminating experience proposal or one in progress as part of SOS 582. The student’s culminating experience should address the need for quality, affordable homes and/or healthy communities.
  • Application: A complete application is required and in addition to the application form itself, the student must provide an executive summary, a copy of a budget and a budget narrative for their culminating experience, and a faculty recommendation.

Undergraduate and graduate students

Current student

The Rob Melnick Sustainability Scholarship was established by Julie Ann Wrigley and ASU President Michael Crow to honor the contribution of Rob Melnick to the development of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Melnick was the Institute’s first Executive Director, Executive Dean of its School of Sustainability and Presidential Professor of Practice as a faculty member in the School. As such, Melnick played a vital role in the creation and growth of the Institute and the School of Sustainability. This scholarship is intended to be a lasting legacy of his leadership and is designed to support an educational activity that helps a student understand global sustainability challenges and their potential solutions.

Applicants must intend to participate in undergraduate or graduate experiences focused on global sustainability such as enrolling in an School of Sustainability Summer Study Abroad or Global Intensive Experience course, conducting applied research on a sustainability challenge in a foreign country, or presenting their sustainability research or solution at an international conference.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: February 10, 2020
  • Initial award term: Spring 2020, Summer 2020 or Fall 2020
  • Academic level: Undergraduate or graduate
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate (junior or senior academic level) or graduate students enrolled in an ASU School of Sustainability degree program at the Tempe, Polytechnic, or Downtown Phoenix campus. Must be a full-time student with a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 3.5. Student must also have plans to participate in a global experience.
  • Essay: Students will be asked to describe the global experience they would like to gain as a student and how it will assist them with reaching their career goals. Responses should focus on the activity in which the student would participate in if they receive this scholarship.
  • Reference: Please include the name of a faculty member or instructor who can serve as a reference.

The Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarship supports students who want to participate in a special learning experience about sustainability issues in other countries. This scholarship is only applicable for approved Global Sustainability Studies programs. Scholarship awards of $1,000 will be awarded to a limited number of qualified students enrolled in School of Sustainability summer study abroad courses and $500 to a limited number of students enrolled in summer study abroad courses cross-listed with a SOS prefix. Students may choose from the following programs for summer 2020:

School of Sustainability Summer 2020 programs (Eligible for $1,000 scholarship)

Cambodia and Vietnam: Countries of Historic Resilience Facing a Future of Rising Seas
Denmark: Sustainable Food Systems, Community Development and Happiness
Ecuador: Indigenous Sustainability in the Amazon
France: Global Biodiversity Conservation Practice, Policy and Science
South Africa: Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa

Courses cross-listed with the School of Sustainability (Eligible for $500 scholarship)

Botswana: Sustainability, Wildlife and Conservation in the Okavango Delta
Nepal and China: Innovation in Green Growth

After applying for and being accepted into a program through the ASU Study Abroad website, students should then apply for the Walton Scholarship. Awards will be based on intellectual curiosity for the subject being studied, maturity and readiness to engage in a group, global experience and n essay explaining how the chosen program will help applicants meet their personal, professional, and academic goals.

Funding is made possible by a grant made to Arizona State University by the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.

  • Amount: $500 – $1,000 per student
  • Deadline:  February 28, 2020
  • Academic level: Undergraduate and graduate
  • Award term: Summer 2020
  • Eligibility: 
    1. Have completed an application through the ASU Study Abroad Office and have been accepted into a School of Sustainability approved Walton Global Sustainability program.
    2. Have completed an application for the Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarship.
    3. Have not previously been enrolled in an ASU Study Abroad course.
    4. Have not previously received a Walton Global Studies Scholarship.
    5. Have a minimum 30 credit hours completed by end of spring 2020.
    6. Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
    7. Be in good standing in their respective academic programs.
    8. Agree to produce a professional reflection essay after completion of the summer program.
    9. Agree to complete any post-trip requirements as outlined in the scholarship Terms of Agreement.
  • Additional Policies: Scholarships are non-transferable between programs. If the program to which a student applied is cancelled, his/her scholarship award becomes void.
  • Essay: Submission of an essay is required for this scholarship. Students should 1) explain how this particular international study experience relates to their personal goals; 2) explain how this experience relates to their career goals; and 3) explain unusual personal circumstances the scholarship reviewer should consider, if any.
  • Apply online now

More scholarships

Here is additional information about . Since scholarship awards are competitive, we encourage students to apply for outside scholarships.

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