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Green Scholarships, Internships & Activities

Green Scholarships, Internships & Activities

What do you do to give back to Mother Earth?

Elizabeth Hoyt

April 07, 2014

It’s not easy being green, but plenty of students still manage, treating every day as if it’s Earth Day.

Did you know that a passion for going green can become a way to pay for school? It’s true! Many students are rewarded for their efforts with awards.

In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve outlined environmental, Eco-friendly scholarships, green grants and internship opportunities for students who love the planet.

Additionally, we’ve provided you with Earth Day ideas that you can take on within you community to celebrate the art of going green.

According to EarthDay.org, every year more than a billion people across the globe take part in Earth Day activities. This year, the Earth Day 2014 theme is “The Year of the Climate Voter.”

Here are some ideas of what you can do to make a difference, whether locally or globally, this Earth Day:

Organize an Earth Day Event

• Find an Earth Day event near you to participate in.

• Help your city “go green” with online activism.

• Discover local campaigns you’re passionate about.

Calculate Your Footprint and make life changes where necessary.

Become an Activist by signing up online to become an Earth Day supporter.

• Pledge an Act of Green to help the Earth Day Network reach their goal of 2 billion acts.

Going Green Can Get You Some Green…

Here are some scholarship and internship opportunities for students who live every day like Earth day:

To help better organize your scholarship search, please note that the following environmental, green and Earth Day awards and internship opportunities are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of the list.

Green Scholarships:

Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship is available to entering and current college students.

To be considered, you must submit of picture of something cool that you made out of used printer ink cartridges, laser toner, or your old printer.

You may also apply by submitting a message via social media about recycling and / or how you reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Learn more information about the Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship.

Orchid Care Scholarship
Award: $500
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by Orchids Made Easy, the Orchid Care Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a program in botany, horticulture, environmental science, conservation, or related field, with a focus on orchids.

Learn more information about the Orchid Care Scholarship.

Aquarion Environmental Champion Award
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 7, 2014
Available to: High School Freshman through College Freshman

The Aquarion Environmental Champion Award is available to high school students who have been working hard to protect and restore the environment in Connecticut.

To be considered, you must be involved in a volunteer project that significantly contributes to the improvement of environmental quality through the protection, conservation, restoration, and/or stewardship of natural resources.

Learn more information about the Aquarion Environmental Champion Award.

Bill Spaniol Memorial Scholarship
Award: $500
Deadline: May 7, 2014
Available to: College Freshman

Provided by the Kansas Environmental Health Association, the Bill Spaniol Memorial Scholarship is open to students who are pursuing a degree in environmental science or in a related area.

You must be a graduating Kansas high school senior or person who will be attending a Kansas college or university to be eligible for this award.

You must also show an interest in the biological or physical sciences and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Learn more information about the Bill Spaniol Memorial Scholarship.

Google Global Science Fair 2014
Award: $50,000
Deadline: May 12, 2014
Available to: Ages 13-18

The Google Global Science Fair 2014 is open to students between the ages of 13 and 18.

You, or your team of two or three, must create either a two-minute video or 20-slide presentation giving an overview of your project and embed it on the Summary page of your project submission.

You may submit projects in any one of the following categories: Computer Science & Math, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Behavioral & Social Sciences, Flora & Fauna, Energy & Space, Inventions & Innovation, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Food Science or Electricity & Electronics.

A video or presentation is required to enter.

Learn more information about the Google Global Science Fair 2014.

Major the Polar Bear Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 26, 2014
Available to: College Freshman

The Major the Polar Bear Scholarship is available to Massachusetts high school seniors.

You must be planning to attend college in an animal- or environmental-related field and demonstrate prior community service.

Learn more information about the Major the Polar Bear Scholarship.

Collegiate Inventors Competition
Award: $15,000
Deadline: June 13, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is open to students who have been enrolled full time in any U.S. or Canadian college or university over the past 12 months.

You must submit an original idea, process or technology that will be judged on originality and inventiveness, as well as on its potential value to society (socially, environmentally, and economically), and on its range or scope of use.

Up to four students may work together as a team. However, only one prize will be awarded per entry.

Learn more information about the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

$10,000 Clothes Recycling Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: June 20, 2014
Available to: Ages 25 Years and Under

The vast majority of fabric can be recycled, yet 85% of textiles made each year ends up in landfills. That’s 11.1 million tons, or the equivalent of over 70 Billion t-shirts.

Sign up for Comeback Clothes to collect old and worn-out clothes in your school and communities and drop them off at your local H&M store to help save precious resources.

Submit a photo of the clothes you collected to be entered to win the Comeback Clothes Scholarship. Start here: www.dosomething.org/comebackclothes.

No minimum GPA or essays required.

Learn more information about the $10,000 Clothes Recycling Scholarship.

Everglades Foundation Scholarship
Award: $20,000
Deadline: July 1, 2014
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

The Everglades Foundation Scholarship is offered to full-time graduate research students.

You must be majoring in earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering, geography, planning and resources management or economics in order to qualify for this award.

A proposal and personal essay must also be submitted.

Learn more information about the Everglades Foundation Scholarship.

Environmental Division Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Available to: College Junior through College Senior

The Environmental Division Scholarship is open to students who have completed their sophomore year and are majoring in a field related to mining or the environment.

You must be a student member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration to be considered for this award. Two letters of recommendation are also required.

Learn more information about the Environmental Division Scholarship.

Green Internships:

Summer Wildlife Intern – Wildcare Inc.
Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Summer Wildlife Intern position is open to students who are interested in the care and treatment of injured and orphaned wildlife.

You must be able to work 20 hours per week from the months of May to August to be eligible for this internship. This internship is unpaid.

Learn more information about the Summer Wildlife Intern – Wildcare Inc..

Mentorship for Environmental Scholars
Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Sophomore through College Senior

Provided by the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation, the Mentorship for Environmental Scholars

Program is available to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are underrepresented in STEM and other related disciplines.

This internship is a 10-week hands-on research experience provided at a Department of Energy or Legacy Management site.

Learn more information about the Environmental Education Internship.

Environmental Education Internship – Cincinnati Zoo
Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Environmental Education Internship is available to students interested in working with the Education Department at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Interns will help convey an appreciation and understanding of the natural world to others.

Intern should have a flexible schedule, be able to commit to three 8-hour shifts per week in the office, be able to lift 25 pounds, and be available to assist with evening/weekend events outside of regularly scheduled office hours.

Learn more information about the Environmental Education Internship.

Sea Turtle Research Internship
Deadline: Rolling
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 3

The Sea Turtle Research Internship is available at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. You will be involved in a variety of aspects monitoring the sea turtles on the beaches around Naples.

You must be at least a college senior, with preference given to students who have earned a BA or BS, studying biological or environmental science to be eligible for this position.

Working knowledge of the care and operations of ATVs, motorboats and small engines is an asset.

Learn more information about the Sea Turtle Research Internship.

Environmental Education Internship – Stratford Ecological Center
Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Environmental Education Internship at the Stratford Ecological Center is open to students who are interested environmental awareness and appreciation.

To be considered for this position, you must demonstrate a love of children, a deep relationship with the land, and a willingness to learn.

Interns will work hand in hand with the director and field trip coordinator to prepare and facilitate education seasons at the Center. Also, interns will get experience teaching and learning.

Learn more information about the Environmental Education Internship at the Stratford Ecological Center.

Education Internship – Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Education Internship is a full time crewmember at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

You must be pursuing a degree in or have a passion for the environment, sailing, teaching and the outdoors to be eligible for this internship.

Learn more information about the Education Internship – Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.


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