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Green Scholarships, Internships & Activities

Green Scholarships, Internships & Activities

What do you do to give back to Mother Earth?

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 09, 2015

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 your 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 2015 theme is “It’s Our Turn To Lead.”

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.

Go Green & Get 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 eco-friendly, environmental and Earth Day scholarship 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:

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
Deadline: 4/30/15
Available to: High School Junior through College Freshman
Award Amount: $5,000

The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is available to high school juniors and seniors, and entering and current college freshmen.

You must be a resident of, or be planning to attend school in Connecticut or the New York City metropolitan area.

To be eligible, you must demonstrate how you have solved artistic, scientific, or technical problems in new or unusual ways; how you have come up with distinctive solutions to problems faced by your school, community, or family; or how you have developed an innovative way to save the environment or improve people’s health.

Learn more information about the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity.

Orchid Care Scholarship
Deadline: 5/1/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

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.

Wolf Camp Cooperative Merit Scholarship
Deadline: 5/5/15
Available To: Maximum Age 17 Years
Award Amount: $175

The Merit Scholarship is available to youth participants at Wolf Camp Cooperative.

You must submit nature journal entries you produced between September and May to qualify for this award.

The journal entries may be written or videotaped and may focus on a particular species found in your local area or on a skill of primitive artisanry.

Get more information on the Wolf Camp Cooperative Merit Scholarship.

Google Global Science Fair 2015
Deadline: 5/19/15
Available to: Ages 13-18
Award Amount: $50,000

The Google Global Science Fair 2015 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 2015.

$10,000 Comeback Clothes Scholarship
Deadline: 5/31/15
Available to: Maximum Age 26 Years
Award Amount: $10,000

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 recycle them at your local H&M store to help save precious resources.

Not only will you be making the world suck less, participants can earn a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship for school for every 50 pieces collected.

Submit a photo of the clothes you collected to be entered to win a $10,000 Scholarship. Start here: www.dosomething.org/clothes.

The more clothes you collect, the more entries you can earn. No essay or minimum GPA required.

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

Allegany Soil Conservation District Martin Gordon Scholarship
Deadline: 5/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Sophomore
Award Amount: $1,000

The Allegany Soil Conservation District Martin Gordon Scholarship is available to students at Allegany College of Maryland.

You must be a have a minimum GPA of 2.0, be a US Citizen or permanent resident, have attended an Allegany County high school, be enrolled in the Forestry curriculum, and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Allegany Soil Conservation District Martin Gordon Scholarship.

Environmental Division Scholarship
Deadline:10/01/15
Available to: College Junior through College Senior
Award Amount: $2,000

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.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship
Deadline: 12/31/15
Available To: Maximum Age 21 Years
Award Amount: Varies

Provided by the Nicodemus Wilderness Project, the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship is available to students between the ages of 13 and 21 who are interested in protecting wildlife and the environment.

To be considered, you must conduct your own environmental stewardship project in 2015, take digital photos of your project in action, and write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.

Get more information on the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship.

Seed Grants
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Amphibian Conservation Alliance is giving out seed grants all year.

Ranging from USD $500-$1,000 to help kick start projects or allow teams to try new innovative approaches to address conservation, research and educational challenges.

Learn more information about the Seed Grants.

San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: Varies

The San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation Scholarship is available to students enrolled in the departments or schools of architecture at the following colleges: Prairie View A&M University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at San Antonio.

You must show an interest in historical architecture, preservation and adaptive reuse to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation Scholarship.

Green Internships:

Summer Wildlife Intern – Wildcare Inc.
Deadline: Varies
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..

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.

Marine Mammal Education and Research Internship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, Year 5

Sponsored by the New England Aquarium, the Marine Mammal Education and Research Internship is available to students who have an interest in marine biology, zoology, environmental education or related fields.

Intern duties may include assisting with collecting field data, customer service, research and other duties as needed.

You must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study, have knowledge of scientific research methods, strong communication skills and be self-motivated in order to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Marine Mammal Education and Research Internship.

Environmental Education Internship – Stratford Ecological Center
Deadline: Varies
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.

Conservation Science Internship – Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Conservation Science Internship is available to students with an interest in raptor and bird conservation.

Intern duties will include learning basic techniques in conservation science and education, monitoring wildlife and working with volunteers, visitors and school groups.

Learn more information about the Conservation Science Internship.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Internship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum offers Internships to undergraduate students who are interested working in areas of museum administration, collections, research, education, events, and marketing.

Candidates should demonstrate commitment and interest in nature and to the environment.

Interns learn about the museum field while completing at least one project that is critical to the Nature Museum’s success.

Academic credit may be available.

Learn more information about the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Internship.

Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5

The Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program is available to students with an interest in organic farming and practices of sustainable agriculture, conservation, and ecological resource management.

Interns will learn about soil fertility practices, crop rotation principles, organic pest control and other aspects of the art and science of growing great vegetables.

Learn more information about the Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program.

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