Environmental Studies Awards

Awards for Undergraduate Students

Spring, 2022

 

Terence Freitas, a biology and environmental studies major, dedicated himself to facilitating the vision of native groups working to build a sustainable future in harmony with their own values and cultures. In February 1999, while working with the U'wa, a Colombian indigenous group, to establish a culturally appropriate school, Terry and two other Americans were kidnapped and killed. This award was established in his honor. This year, the award is for up to 2 students and the amount will be up to $1000 per award.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • Limited to undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Studies
  • In order to be eligible for this needs-based award, applicants must be eligible to receive financial aid.
  • Preference will be given to students with an interest in and commitment to the livelihood and culture of indigenous peoples in developing countries, or to those whose studies are related to conservation or rainforest preservation.
  • Online application (with unofficial transcript, personal statement uploads)

Previous Winners

Deadline: May 25th @ 5pm 

Please email envs1@ucsc.edu if you have any questions. 

 

 

 

 


Awards for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Spring, 2022

The David Gaines Award in Environmental Studies:

David was a UCSC graduate who started the Mono Lake Committee in 1978.  The award is intended to cover expenses incurred for field projects that will make a significant contribution to the field of environmental studies by adding to our knowledge of a specific problem or by strengthening protection of the environment. Please read more about David and Mono Lake at the link above.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • All UCSC graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply
  • Preference will be given to students majoring in Environmental Studies.
  • Students must be working on field projects that will make a significant contribution to the solution of an environmental problem
  • Awardee selection will be based on scholastic merit, demonstrated initiative, and feasibility of the project
  • Faculty sponsor required, field sponsor if applicable
  • Online application (with unofficial transcript, personal statement, budget uploads)

There will be two awards, one for an undergraduate and one for a graduate student, of up to $1,250 each.

Deadline: May 25th@ 5pm

 

 

 


Awards for Graduate Students

The David Gaines Award in Environmental Studies:

David was a UCSC graduate who started the Mono Lake Committee in 1978.  The award is intended to cover expenses incurred for field projects that will make a significant contribution to the field of environmental studies by adding to our knowledge of a specific problem or by strengthening protection of the environment. Please read more about David and Mono Lake at the link above.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • All UCSC graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply
  • Preference will be given to students majoring in Environmental Studies.
  • Students must be working on field projects that will make a significant contribution to the solution of an environmental problem
  • Awardee selection will be based on scholastic merit, demonstrated initiative, and feasibility of the project
  • Faculty sponsor required, field sponsor if applicable
  • Online application (with unofficial transcript, personal statement, budget uploads)

There will be two awards, one for an undergraduate and one for a graduate student, of up to $1,250 each.

Deadline: May 25th@ 5pm

  

  


Social Sciences Division Awards

Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

Social Science Division Award

The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who are passionate about social issues and committed to public service. This endowment will be awarded to one or more outstanding undergraduate students majoring in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about past recipients is available on the Social Sciences website.

Application Materials:
  • A 2-3 max page essay about your passion for social issues and commitment to public service
  • Resumé
  • Unofficial transcript(s) as academic standing is among selection criteria.
  • Apply by completing this form.

Deadline: Thursday, April 15 by 5:00pm. 

Each department may select up to three candidates for this award and will submit an essay for review along with a nomination letter detailing the exceptional qualities of the nominee(s). The department nominees are reviewed by a committee within the division. 

(Departments in the Social Sciences Division set their own internal deadlines. If you are majoring in another department, please check their deadline to apply.)

Please email ENVS1@ucsc.edu if you have any questions!

 

Deans', Chancellor's, and Steck Awards

The Deans and Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz wish to recognize excellence in research and creativity among undergraduate students as evidenced through projects and theses performed in the normal pattern of academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see a listing of current and previous winning projects.

Deadline: March 24, 2021

Click here for more details!

 

 


Norris Center Awards

Norris Center Student Award

Norris Center Each academic quarter, the Norris Center funds a select number of undergraduate student projects. Any undergraduate conducting a project relating to natural history can apply for an award of up to $1,000. Click here to download the application.

Examples of anonymized excellent past applications:

 Deadline: November 3, 2021

Webster Fellows Award

A $3,000 stipend to support 2-quarter-long undergraduate student senior projects that focus on natural history education, collections, or exhibits and promote collaborations between the Norris Center and one of our on- or off-campus partner organizations. 

Deadline: November 3, 2021

 


Awards to be offered again in the future: 

 

Bloom Hays Grant

The Sea and Sage Audubon Society, a chapter located in Orange County, California have a student grant available and the application has just been released for 2020. We offer grants of up to $2,500 each year for ecological research projects.
Please note that although the grant is given by the Audubon Society, research projects are not limited to bird research!  We have purposely left our eligibility guidelines very broad to allow us to provide funding for a variety of interesting ecological research projects. Our total budget for grant awards has recently been increased this year to $10,000, which means that we will be able to provide full funding to more projects!
The application and letters of recommendation should be emailed to BloomHaysGrant@aol.com. Please see attached guidelines and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
The 2020 grant application instructions have also been posted to the Sea and Sage Audubon website under the Conservation tab:
 

Deadline: TBD, Check back in Spring 22 

 

CONCUR,INC. Scholarship:

Local business CONCUR, Inc. was founded in 1987 by environmental studies alumni John K. Gamman and Scott T. McCreary. CONCUR, Inc. specializes in combining environmental policy analysis with facilitation and mediation skills, to resolve complex disputes involving scarce or limited natural resources.

This award is for up to $500 and it will be given to 1 graduate student and 1 undergraduate student.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • Applicant must be an Environmental Studies graduate student or undergraduate student
  • Preference shall be given to students who have a demonstrated interest in or are pursuing studies in environmental dispute resolution
  • Awardee selection is based on academic merit as indicated by performance in classes and internships
  • Online application (with unofficial transcript, personal statement uploads)

Previous Winners

Deadline: TBD

Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

Social Science Division Award

The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who are passionate about social issues and committed to public service. This endowment will be awarded to one or more outstanding undergraduate students majoring in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about past recipients is available on the Social Sciences website.

Application Materials:
  • A 2-3 max page essay about your passion for social issues and commitment to public service
  • Resumé
  • Unofficial transcript(s) as academic standing is among selection criteria.
  • Apply by completing this form.

Deadline: TBD, Check back in Spring 22

Each department may select up to three candidates for this award and will submit an essay for review along with a nomination letter detailing the exceptional qualities of the nominee(s). The department nominees are reviewed by a committee within the division. 

(Departments in the Social Sciences Division set their own internal deadlines. If you are majoring in another department, please check their deadline to apply.)

Please email ENVS1@ucsc.edu if you have any questions!

 

Deans', Chancellor's, and Steck Awards

The Deans and Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz wish to recognize excellence in research and creativity among undergraduate students as evidenced through projects and theses performed in the normal pattern of academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see a listing of current and previous winning projects.

Deadline: TBD, Check back in Spring 22

Click here for more details!

  

 

The Gliessman Research Fellowship

 The Gliessman Research Fellowship in Water Resources and Food System Sustainability supports summer research by graduate and undergraduate students in the UC Santa Cruz Department of Environmental Studies. The focus of the fellowship is on student research that integrates aspects of food and water sustainability. The awards for the summer stipend will provide $8,200 per student.

Short-format application:

1) Two-page research proposal following the guide below.

2) One letter from sponsoring faculty member commenting on the proposed research methods and related previous experience of the student applicant. This should be emailed directly from the faculty mentor to elliott.campbell@ucsc.edu with subject line Gliessman Fellowship and the title of the file should be StudentLastName_StudentFirstName_Reference.

3) Unofficial transcript.

More specific details can be found on application page!

Deadline: TBD, Check back in Spring 22

 

 

Rick Hooper Scholarship

The Rick Hooper Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Richard M. "Rick" Hooper, who
died at age 40 in the August 19, 2003 terrorist bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.

Administered through the Division of Social Sciences, the Rick Hooper Scholarship is awarded on the
basis of academic merit and financial need. Preference will be given to undergraduate students in any UC
Santa Cruz department who have a demonstrated interest in or are pursuing studies in one or more of the
areas in which Rick Hooper focused his life's work. The award is intended to fund travel expenses for the
selected undergraduate student or students for any of the following purposes:


• increasing understanding of the Arabic language or the Arabic-speaking or Muslim world
• study at a college or university in an Arabic-speaking or Muslim majority country
• an internship in peace and conflict resolution or human rights
• study or work in Palestinian human rights issues


Candidates must be UCSC undergraduate students in good academic standing with demonstrated
financial need. To apply, please submit a 500-word proposal and a copy of your unofficial academic
transcript via e-mail to pamdewey@ucsc.edu. The proposal must concisely explain your experience,
preparation, and concrete goals related to the topics above. 

Deadline: TBD, Check back in Spring 22

 

The Richard A. Cooley - Friends Foundation International Award

This award of up to $1500 is given to honor Richard Cooley, who was instrumental in the founding of the Environmental Studies program at UCSC. We will award this to two students this year.

Criteria for selection:

  • Open to all registered UCSC undergraduate students
  • Preference will be given to Environmental Studies majors, but all are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicant must be working on a field project that results in a tangible, positive action for the betterment of the natural environment or improvement in environmental quality. Projects may be local (UCSC included) to international in scope, and examples of successful projects may be seen in the Environmental Studies Internship Office.
  • Awardee selection will be based on scholastic ability, demonstrated initiative, and potential for successful completion of project.
  • Online Application

It is recommended that applicants submit a draft proposal to a faculty member for review and feedback prior to applying. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The email address you list will be used to contact you regarding your application status. Please make sure your name appears on the first page of all uploads.

Deadline: TBD

Please email envs1@ucsc.edu if you have any questions.

 

Terence Freitas, a biology and environmental studies major, dedicated himself to facilitating the vision of native groups working to build a sustainable future in harmony with their own values and cultures. In February 1999, while working with the U'wa, a Colombian indigenous group, to establish a culturally appropriate school, Terry and two other Americans were kidnapped and killed. This award was established in his honor. This year, the award is for up to 2 students and the amount will be up to $1000 per award.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • Limited to undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Studies
  • In order to be eligible for this needs-based award, applicants must be eligible to receive financial aid.
  • Preference will be given to students with an interest in and commitment to the livelihood and culture of indigenous peoples in developing countries, or to those whose studies are related to conservation or rainforest preservation.
  • Online application (with unofficial transcript, personal statement uploads)

Previous Winners

Deadline: TBD

Please email envs1@ucsc.edu if you have any questions. 

Norris Center Student Award

Webster Fellows Award

Griswold Fellows Program

 

Keeley Coastal Scholars Award

Social Science Division Award

The Keeley Coastal Scholars program supports underrepresented students from California with an unmet financial need doing summer research and policy work connected to Coastal Sustainability. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000 per student with an associated $1,000 in support of the sponsoring faculty member. These funds can be used by students for any expenses incurred during the summer months.

Criteria, Application Materials:

  • Undergraduate ENVS majors only
  • Financial need during current academic year
  • Online application (including all uploads)
  • Project budget (See a Sample Budget)
  • Unofficial transcript (Candidates must be in good academic standing)
  • Letter from a sponsoring faculty member detailing the student’s abilities and specific project responsibilities.

Deadline: TBD

 

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