On April 22, more than 1 billion people across the globe will celebrate Earth Day, as over 192 countries host awareness events that promote everything from recycling to alternative energy sources. You, too, can do your part. Plant a tree, start a recycling program or replace the light bulbs in your home. It is said that if every home swapped just one incandescent bulb with an LED or a CFL, it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an amount that is equivalent to the emissions from 800,000 cars; that’s pretty impressive and yet so simple to do. Many students are passionate about making changes to help protect the Earth, and several companies are eager to help them by providing scholarship opportunities for those who seek a ‘greener’ life. If you consider yourself an environmentalist or an Earth warrior, check out the scholarship opportunities just waiting for you.
1. Castle Ink ‘Green’ Scholarship – Available to U.S. high seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students who have grade point averages of 2.5 or higher. Students must support recycling or environmental efforts in their communities. One $2,500 award is offered. Deadline: June 30, 2012.
2. Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship – International and U.S. students ages 13-21 are eligible to apply. Each student must conduct an environmental project in 2012, take several digital photographs of the project and submit an essay describing the project, its impact and what it means to him/her. Three scholarships valued at $850 each will be awarded. Deadline: December 31, 2012.
3. Brower Youth Award – This award is for international and U.S. students ages 13-22 who currently live in the U.S. or Canada. Students must be currently working on projects or campaigns that promote environmental conservation, preservation and/or restoration. Six $3,000 scholarships are available. Deadline: May 14, 2012.
4. National Environmental Health Association Scholarship – Available to students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Health or post-graduate degrees in Environmental Health Sciences and/or Public Health. Each applicant must submit the application, an official copy of the transcript and three recommendation letters. Value: $1,000. Deadline: May 15, 2012.
5. Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship for Conservation Horticulture – This fellowship is sponsored by the Garden Club of America and is open to U.S. graduate students who are majoring in biology, horticulture or related fields. Each student must submit a 2- to 3-page proposal, a budget and letters of recommendation. One award valued between $1,000 and $4,000 will be offered. Deadline: November 30, 2012.
If you want to learn more about Earth Day, or how to start a project at school or in your community, be sure to check out The Earth Day Network. You will find great information that ranges from ideas for projects to listings of upcoming Earth Day events. You can even take the Earth Day pledge to do your part. Together we can help make the world a better place!
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