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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 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).

Current scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students

CannonDesign Sustainability Scholarship

The CannonDesign Sustainability Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for a master’s student in the School of Sustainability. CannonDesign is a global architectural and engineering design firm with a Phoenix office. It has a strong commitment to sustainability as both a design philosophy and educational imperative. Every fall, it hosts a week of inspiring speakers and events called Environmental Awareness Week, which has been held for over twelve years.

With this scholarship, CannonDesign is encouraging the study of sustainability. The scholarship will be awarded to a student with demonstrated interest in integrating the subject of sustainability into the private business sector. An emphasis on broadly applicable market based sustainability and change focused on the “triple bottom line” – social, economic and environmental well-being – with a life-cycle approach is encouraged. Individual efforts to advance sustainability are laudable, however this scholarship is meant to encourage study and the bridging to applicable market based solutions.

  • Deadline: March 3, 2017
  • Academic level: Graduate (MSUS Major).
  • Eligibility: Must be a current, full-time master’s student admitted to the Master’s in Sustainability Solutions (MSUS) program. 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 goals and accomplishments as they relate to sustainability in the private business sector. A letter of recommendation is required. It is encouraged that the letter be from a faculty member or a professional that knows the student’s work well).
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Messner & Patzer Sustainable Energy Scholarship

The Messner & Patzer Sustainable Energy Scholarship was established by Sun Valley Solar Solutions’ employees to honor Joe Messner and Russ Patzer, co-founders of Sun Valley Solar Solutions for their leadership. The company is one of the largest and most acclaimed Arizona-based solar providers in Arizona and they recently celebrated their ten-year anniversary. The $1,000 scholarship is intended to assist a forward thinking, aspirational student studying sustainable energy with their tuition and educational expenses.

  • Deadline: February 20, 2017
  • Academic level: Undergraduate (Junior or Senior)
  • Eligibility: Must be a junior or senior undergraduate student in a degree program offered through ASU’s School of Sustainability. Merit/GPA and financial need are considered as part of the selection process.
  • An essay of approximately 500 words is required for this scholarship. Students should 1) Describe their personal, academic, and career goals and what they believe impacted or led them to these goals; 2) Describe their vision of their professional life and contributions to the community after graduation; 3) Describe educational and experiential steps they are taking to achieve those goals; and 4) Address how receiving a scholarship will assist them in overcoming financial hurdles that make it difficult to achieve educational goals.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or instructor is also required.
  • Apply Online Now »

Norton and Ramsey Sustainability Scholarship

The Norton and Ramsey Sustainability Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded each year to a School of Sustainability undergraduate major (sophomore level or higher). This student is interested in pursuing studies about how populations facing poverty and social justice issues may be more likely to benefit from sustainability practices and/or may have ideas worthy of documenting and sharing to help society at large.

Established in 2009 with a gift from the Rev. Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey to advance the new School of Sustainability, this was the first endowed scholarship for undergraduate students. Norton and Ramsey are deeply committed to the environment and to related causes such as building LEED homes for Habitat for Humanity. As a former legislator, Norton was instrumental in many environmental initiatives in Arizona, including the Central Arizona Project and the use of alternative fuels.

  • Deadline: February 3, 2017
  • Academic level: Undergraduate.
  • Eligibility: Must be a full-time undergraduate Sustainability major (sophomore level or higher) interested in issues of poverty and social justice. Must have a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 3.00.
  • An essay of approximately 500 words is required for this scholarship and should focus on how the topic is 1) related to the field of sustainability with a focus on “lessons learned for, and also by, the less fortunate,” and 2) inclusive of individuals and communities who are living in poverty or near poverty in our society.
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Sustainability Champions Scholarship

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.

Applicants may receive either a $5,000 award (for sustainability majors) or $2,500 award (for students minoring in sustainability, or studying sustainability within other majors other ASU). 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 development of a solution to a sustainability challenge in a future semester.

  • Deadline: February 1, 2017 (for priority consideration) and April 1, 2017 (for final consideration).
  • Academic level: Incoming Undergraduate.
  • Must be an incoming full-time freshman or transfer student; be admitted to a sustainability or related degree program, or have an interest in pursuing the minor in sustainability; and have completed an application to ASU (with application fee and official transcripts), or be admitted to ASU by the time your application is submitted. An essay or video is also 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 application.
  • Learn More and Apply Online Now »

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: February 3, 2017
  • Academic level: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Incoming student.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students in a School of Sustainability degree program must be full-time and have 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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Stardust Culminating Experience Scholarship

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 affordable housing, recognizing that healthy and sustainable communities provide a means for families to obtain, remain in and manage their homes. 

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.

Deadline: November 10, 2017, 5:00 pm, for Spring 2018 scholarship

Deadline: April 13, 2018, 5:00 pm, for Fall 2018 Scholarship

Application and information

Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarships

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 50 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.

  • Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  • Academic level: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Incoming students.
  • Open to all ASU Students
  • Preference given to: Sustainability majors, minors or concentration area students, applying to one of the programs listed 3.0 GPA. Students with 30 credit hours completed by the time of participation. Students with two of the following courses (or equivalent) completed by the time of participation: SOS 100, SOS110, SOS111, SOS 300
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More 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.

Some nationwide scholarship programs and scholarship searches are below:

Below are scholarships/grants related to study in sustainability: