The West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (WM-AWMA) is pleased to announce the availability of up to four (4) individual scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500, to be awarded to selected college juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing a career in qualifying environmental studies. Preferred courses of study include environmental engineering, physical or natural sciences, and natural resources, though students in other, related fields may also qualify. Each successful applicant will also receive a one-year student membership in WM-AWMA.
At the start of the first term in 2019, applicants must be enrolled as full-time students (at least 12 credit hours) in a field of study leading to a career in air pollution control, waste management or other environmental management field. If in doubt as to the suitability of a curriculum or course of study, applicants may contact the Scholarship Chairperson, Brian Rice, at the email address provided below.
Scholarship applicants must be in or going into a junior or senior undergraduate class standing and must have declared their major, or in or going into graduate school pursuing a graduate degree. Merit will be of primary interest, and the applicant should have at least a “B” average (i.e., 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale). Extracurricular activities and interests will also be considered.
Please contact our Scholarship Chairperson, Brian Rice, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the scholarship or the application process.
West Michigan Air & Waste Management Association (WM-AWMA) Environmental Scholarship
Eligibility and Application Instructions:
To provide financial support to students interested in pursuing a career in air pollution control, waste management or other environmental management fields in the West Michigan area.
1. Geographic area.
Applicants must be attending either:
A. An accredited college or university in Michigan; or
B. For WM-AWMA chapter members (or children of a member), an accredited college or university located outside of Michigan.
2. Academic level and major
A. At the start of the term for which the scholarship is sought, the applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student and pursuing a course of study leading to a career in air pollution control, waste management, or other environmental management field. Preferred courses of study include environmental engineering, physical or natural sciences, and natural resources. Questions regarding the eligibility of a major, curriculum, or course of study may be referred to the Scholarship Chairperson.
B. The applicant must be currently in or entering into a Junior or Senior undergraduate class standing and must have declared a major, or must be currently in or entering into graduate school pursuing a qualifying graduate degree.
C. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities and interests, significant life achievements, and the quality of the applicant’s essay. A successful applicant will generally have at least a “B” grade point average, (i.e., 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale).
This is a one-time scholarship of up to $2,500 per student. WM-AWMA expects to complete its application review and notify successful applicants by approximately mid-December, 2018. Checks for scholarship proceeds will be made payable jointly to the scholarship recipient and the respective university or college, and may be used only for tuition, books, laboratory fees, or other academic purposes.
An unsuccessful applicant may resubmit an application for a subsequent year. A successful applicant may resubmit an application for another year, if WM-AWMA elects to continue the scholarship.
Please complete the online SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION. Paper applications will not be accepted or reviewed. The application will include:
1. An essay (500-600 words) describing the applicant’s career goals and how those goals will promote a better understanding and awareness of the challenges that exist in air pollution control, waste processing and control, and environmental management programs among representatives of industry, government agencies, research personnel, educators, attorneys, and consultants within West Michigan. The essay will be of primary interest to the Scholarship Committee.
2. Identify the student’s activities that support the Air & Waste Management Association goals (for example, participation in a student chapter of AWMA). A statement of WM-AWMA’s goals and objectives is included in the Mission Statement posted on the chapter website.
3. The name and phone number of a professor, academic advisor or department chair who has agreed to provide a recommendation for the applicant, and who can confirm the applicant’s course of study and academic status. A recommendation need not be submitted with the application but may be requested by the Scholarship Committee.
4. A resume showing all full-and part-time employment since high school graduation and while in college, semesters with dates of attendance, and extra-curricular activities listed in chronological order.
5. Statement of major, GPA, and year in school or graduate school. A copy of transcripts of college work (an “official transcript”) is not required, but the applicant’s GPA is subject to verification.
All applications must be submitted online at or before 12:00 midnight on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Extensions cannot be granted.
Applications will be evaluated by a panel representing the membership of WM-AWMA. If in the opinion of the panel, suitable applications are not received, no scholarships will be awarded. In all cases, the decision of the panel will be final.
Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria, listed in order of importance:
Quality of their essay, which should include their desired future & role in a field related to the WM-AWMA, interests, and significant life achievements.
Scholastic achievement, ie. GPA, and courses.
Student Activities both extracurricular activities and work actives.
PHOTO AND STATEMENT:
Scholarship recipients may be asked to furnish a photograph and a statement for publication.
Scholarship funding is provided from the funds of WM-AWMA which are derived from membership fees, member contributions, corporate sponsorships, and event revenues.