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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 and grants. 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 students

CannonDesign Sustainability Scholarship

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 Master of Sustainability Solutions (MSUS) 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.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: January 26, 2018
  • Award term: Summer 2018 or Fall 2018
  • Academic level: Graduate (MSUS Student)
  • 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).
  • Essay: 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.
  • Letter of recommendation: A recommendation from a faculty member or a professional that knows the student’s work well is required.
  • Apply Online Now »

Norton and Ramsey Sustainability Scholarship

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.

The Norton and Ramsey Sustainability Scholarship is awarded each year to a School of Sustainability undergraduate major (sophomore level or higher) 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

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: January 26, 2018
  • Award term: Summer 2018 or Fall 2018
  • 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.
  • Essay: Students must write an essay of approximately 500 words 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.
  • Reference: Please include the name of a faculty member or instructor that can serve as a reference.
  • Apply Online Now »

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.

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, 2018 April 1, 2018
    Incoming Transfer Incoming Online May 1, 2018 July 1, 2018
  • Award term: Award amount will be split between Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 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; be admitted to a School of Sustainability degree program; and have completed an application to ASU, or be admitted to ASU 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. Students from Kamehameha Schools are eligible for a $5,000 award.
  • 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 scholarship is intended to be a lasting legacy of his vision and leadership.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: January 26, 2018
  • Award term: Summer or Fall 2018
  • Academic level: Undergraduate or Graduate
  • 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.
  • Essay: 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.
  • Reference: Please include the name of a faculty member or instructor that can serve as a reference.
  • Apply Online Now »

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.

  • Amount: up to $1,500
  • Deadline: November 10, 2017 by 5:00pm for Spring 2018 scholarship and April 13, 2018 by 5:00pm for Fall 2018 Scholarship
  • Academic level: Graduate (MSUS student)
  • Award term: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, or Fall 2018
  • Eligibility: Must be a current, full-time student admitted to the Master’s 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 for Spring and Summer 2018. Additional information about scholarships will be posted soon.


More scholarships

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

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