Special Interest Award in Environmental Science
Overview: Wittenberg’s mission challenges us to become responsible global citizens. The Environmental Science Program provides academic opportunities to engage in our mission as you pursue a degree in environmental science. The Special Interest Award in Environmental Science will give you the chance to complement your coursework with work study, research, co-curricular activities, or extra-curricular involvement.
Criteria: The Special Interest Award in Environmental Science is made to students who exhibit outstanding academic achievement and desire to pursue a major in environmental science. The scholarship is renewable annually to students who maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and contribute to the Environmental Science Program through work study with environmental science faculty, research in their labs, leadership or participation in relevant student organizations or related campus committees, or active involvement in the broader Springfield community on issues related to the environment.
Amount: $2,500 per year for a total of $10,000 over four years.
Guidelines: Students must apply for the Special Interest in Environmental Science by January 15. Please provide a personal essay and two letters of recommendation from two individuals familiar with your interest in environmental science and your aptitude in science. The application deadline has been extended to February 1, 2014.
Personal Essay Prompt: What is your interest or passion in environmental science? How did you develop this passion? What is your motivation to pursue it? What personal characteristics are important to you as an environmental scholar? Do you have specific interests that are aligned with the interdisciplinary themes (i.e., aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology, stream resources, water resources, or wildlife management)? Describe your coursework or experiences that have helped launch your start as an environmental science major.
Letters of Recommendation: Have two individuals familiar with your interest in environmental science write letters in support of your application. We encourage you to ask a supervisor, teacher, or someone overseeing your involvement with experiences you write about in your essay.
Recommendation letters must be submitted by January 15. Please e-mail them to Kelsey Ellis, Assistant Director of Admission, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expectations: Environmental Scholars are required to major or minor in environmental science or environmental studies, participate in academic, co-curricular, or extra-curricular activities related to the environment, and to help promote the Environmental Science Program. Activities may include assisting faculty in laboratory or field research, potentially through work study, organizing or aiding campus activities that promote the program, host visiting scholars, speakers, or prospective students, providing leadership in student organizations, participating on relevant faculty committees, and engaging in community outreach activities.