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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).

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: March 1, 2019
  • Award term: Summer 2019 or Fall 2019
  • 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.

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, 2020 April 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.

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: February 4, 2019
  • Award term: Summer 2019 or Fall 2019
  • 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 »

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: February 4, 2019
  • Award term: Summer or Fall 2019
  • 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.

Rob Melnick Sustainability Scholarship

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 SOS 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 or Summer 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 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.

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 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 2018 or Spring 2019
  • 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 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.

Sun Valley Solar Solutions Sustainable Energy Scholarship

The Sun Valley Solar Solutions Sustainable Energy Scholarship was established by Sun Valley Solar Solutions, one of the largest and most acclaimed Arizona-based solar providers in Arizona. This scholarship is intended to assist a forward thinking, aspirational student studying sustainability and solar photovoltaic systems with their tuition and educational expenses.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: Extended to February 5, 2018
  • Academic level: Undergraduate (Junior or Senior)
  • Award term: Summer 2018 or Fall 2018
  • Eligibility: Must be a junior or senior undergraduate student in a degree program offered through ASU’s School of sustainability and interested in a career related to solar photovoltaic systems. Merit/GPA and financial need are considered as part of the selection process.
  • Essay: An essay of approximately 500 words is required for this scholarship. Students should 1) Describe their personal, academic, and career goals related to solar photovoltaic systems and what they believe impacted or led them to these goals; 2) Describe educational and experiential steps they are taking now to achieve those goals; and 3) Address how receiving a scholarship will assist them in overcoming financial hurdles.
  • Letter of recommendation: A recommendation from a faculty member or instructor is also required.

Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarships

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 $1000 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 pre-fix. 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 an 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 21, 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.
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