Environmental Studies at UVM

Awards, Grants & Scholarships

This page lists opportunities for support and recognition by generous donors, the Environmental Program and other UVM administrative units. We will continue to expand this site as we learn of more to list. Please contact us if you know of other opportunities.

Research Awards and Grants
Program and University Awards

Research Awards and Grants

These monetary awards and grants are to be used to support academic research or other enrichment activities. This funding must be applied for in order to be considered, and does not need to be repaid. Recipients are chosen based on the merit of the research proposal. Grants are a highly useful tool for students interested in pursuing research and academic enrichment opportunities for which they may not have sufficient personal financial resources. 

Environmental Program Awards:

  • Ian A. Worley Awards for Creative and Independent Thinking in Environmental Studies: Named for the Director of the Environmental Program from 1994 to 2008, these awards are intended to encourage and support creativity and independent thinking in the pursuit of addressing environmental goals. Students and faculty recognized with this award will receive financial support for their proposed innovative and imaginative projects. 

  • Environmental Studies Summer Student Research Award:  The Environmental Program is partnering with the Office of Undergraduate Research at UVM to offer summer research award funding of $2,000 (for salary and/or expenses) to UVM undergraduate students conducting environmentally-related research. Student applicants should have the direct support and supervision of a researcher who is knowledgeable and qualified to support the proposed research effort. Preference will be given to Environmental Studies majors.

University Research Grants and Awards 

Visit the UVM Office of Undergraduate Research page for more information on the following grants, and to learn more about grant and research opportunities.

  • Mini Grants: Grants that range from $500 (for spring semester) to $1,000 (for summer) to cover research expenses for small projects or pilot studies. These grants may also be combined with other awards to cover larger costs.

  • International Research Award: Grants for $1,000 each awarded to five students for conducting research while studying abroad

  • Summer Research Awards: Grants are awarded to 20 students and provide financial support to allow students to focus on research or other academic enrichment activities. Each grant provides $3,500 in wages and $1,500 for project costs in order to allow students to devote their time and energy to their research without having to work an additional job. 

Program and University Awards

Awards are given in recognition of outstanding academic achievement or community service involvement. UVM students in the Environmental Program may win, or be honored with awards given each semester or upon graduation. For example, each semester students of all years are awarded Dean's List status by the University, while the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award is given by the Environmental Program each year at graduation. Awards may include a monetary prize, but often do not.

Environmental Program Awards

  • ​Environmental Program Honors: Graduating Environmental Studies majors who have completed outstanding work on their senior theses, projects and internships are recognized with Environmental Program Honors. Students are nominated by Environmental Program faculty as having done "exceptional" work on their theses, projects or internships, and must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher. 

  • Outstanding Graduating Senior in Environmental Studies Award: Graduating Environmental Studies majors who have demonstrated academic excellence, environmental leadership, and campus and community activism and service are nominated for and presented with this award by Environmental Program faculty.

    Generally, this award is given to 1-3 student in each unit: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources.

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Awards:

  • Dean's Book Award: Outstanding Juniors in the Rubenstein School, who have demonstrated academic excellence, community and campus involvement, and potential to become a leader in natural resource stewardship efforts are recognized with this award.

    Each year only one junior ENVS major is presented with this award.

  • Holcomb Natural Resource Prize: A graduating Senior is recognized with this award for his or her academic achievement, service and involvement in the Rubenstein School. 

  • Lola Aiken Award in Natural Resources: This award recognizes graduating Seniors whose efforts and leadership in have contributed to the Rubenstein School' supportive atmosphere and commitment to excellence in natural resource stewardship.

  • To see other awards presented by the Rubenstein School, visit their Scholarship webpage. 

University Awards 

  • Dean's List: Full-time undergraduate students with a cumulative grade-point average of not less than 3.0, who stood in the top 20 percent of each class in their college/school during the preceding semester are awarded Dean's List status. In order to be considered "full-time," students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours.

  • Graduating with Honors: The Bachelor's degrees may be conferred with honors, by vote of the Faculty Senate, in recognition of general high standing in scholarship. Honors are determined in the following manner: Within the graduating class of each college/school, students in the top one percent will receive summa cum laude; the following three percent will receive magna cum laude; the next six percent will receive cum laude. The total number of honors awarded will not exceed ten percent of the graduating class of each college/school.
  • College Honors: Graduating Seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences who have successfully completed independent research, a senior thesis or a creative project through the College Honors Program will be recognized as University Scholars. See the College of Arts and Science College Honors Program page​.

  • Honors College Honors:

    • The Honors College enrolls undergraduate students from the full range of academic programs and disciplines at UVM, and provides a rigorous, academically challenging environment that enhances the college experience of its students. Honors College students who complete all curricular requirements of the Honors College as well as a degree in one of the seven undergraduate Colleges and Schools at UVM will be recognized as University Scholars on graduation.

    • Navigating Honors at UVM

​Senior awards presented at Commencement by the Leadership and Civic Engagement Program of the UVM Dept. of Student Life

  • Mary Jean Simpson Award: presented to the Senior woman who best exemplifies the qualities of character, leadership, and scholarship.

  • Kidder Medal: presented to the Senior male who best exemplifies the qualities of character, leadership, and scholarship.

  • Class of '67 Award: recognizes a graduating Senior who exemplifies high moral character, and has satisfied two of the following three: (1) active membership in three recognized student activities (2) University recognition in a varsity athletic sport; and/or (3) election to an office in a student recognized activity. 

  • Keith M. Miser Leadership Award: recognizes a student who has demonstrated a commitment to student involvement, and has contributed to campus through leadership. 

  • Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize: recognizes a student who, based on his or her total UVM experience, is expected to make a major contribution in their field of interest. The student is identified as exemplifying "emergence" as an overriding characteristic. 

  • For more information on these awards, visit the Leadership and Civic Engagement webpage

Awards Given by University Organizations and Programs:

  • Center for Research on Vermont Research Awards

    • Andrew E. Nuquist Award: ​An outstanding, in-depth study of a Vermont topic, typically an Honors project, senior thesis or year-long independent study, is recognized with this award. Students must apply to be considered.  This award includes a monetary prize.

    • George B. Bryan Award: Exceptional term-paper length Vermont research projects, usually for one-semester courses, are recognized with this award. Students must apply to be considered. This award includes a monetary prize. 

  • ​​Student Life Leadership Awards​​
    • ​Student Life presents numerous awards each year to students who demonstrate commitment to their community through involvement and service.

    •  To learn more visit the Student Life Leadership Awards page. 

  • Women's Center Awards: 
    • Edith D. Hendley Award: This award is presented to a female graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship and teaching, and who has performed dedicated service to women. Students must be nominated to be considered.

    • Mariafranca Morselli Leadership Award: This award is presented to a female undergraduate student majoring in a scientific discipline who has demonstrated leadership qualities, academic excellence, and who has made a significant contribution on campus to awareness of women's issues.  Students must be nominated to be considered. 

    • To see other awards given by the Women's Center, and for more information, visit the Women's Center website. 

  • ​​Tower and Boulder Honor Societies

    • Junior and Senior students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, commitment to service, and distinct leadership abilities are nominated by faculty and staff in February each year. Students then complete an application to be considered for membership in these honor societies. 

    • To learn more, visit the webpages for the Tower Society and the Boulder Society


Scholarships are monetary awards applied for and given based on factors such as financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Students may apply for a variety of scholarships that can be used to help pay for tuition or other expenses, including study abroad expenses. Certain scholarships cannot be applied for, but rather are awarded based on faculty/staff nomination. Some scholarships listed here are open to students majoring in all disciplines, for example the Udall Scholarship, while others are specifically for students studying the environment.

Scholarships offered through the Environmental Program

  • ​​Environmental Studies Scholarship Fund: Students are nominated for the scholarship by faculty based on financial need. Students who are majoring in Environmental Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and reside out-of-state are eligible for this scholarship.

  • Vermont Environmental Scholarship: Students are nominated for the scholarship by faculty based on financial need and his or her demonstration of academic commitment and community involvement. Environmental Studies majors who are of Junior or Senior standing and are Vermont residents are eligible for this scholarship.

  • Demitrius Michi Jinno and Barbara Goodrich Memorial Scholarship Fund: Students are nominated for the scholarship by faculty based on financial need. Students of any class level, who have evidenced a desire to pursue a career helping the environment are eligible for this scholarship.

  • Michelle Gardner Quinn Scholarship: ​The Michelle Gardner Quinn Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at UVM through the generosity of many friends, family, and classmates in memory of Michelle, an Environmental Studies major who died tragically in Fall of 2006. The scholarship is intended to continue Michelle's commitment and dedication to the environment by providing financial support to select senior students who have demonstrated the same commitment and passion in their academic work and extracurricular activities.

    • Michelle was an ENVS student with us for far too short a period of time after transferring to UVM with many credits, many life experiences, and much ability, spirit, and promise. To learn more about Michelle Gardner Quinn, please visit her memorial page.

Internship Scholarships Administered by the Career Center

When you have applied for a summer internship, you can then apply for internship scholarships to help pay for your housing, food, and travel costs as you take on the internship opportunity.

You can apply to one or more of the scholarships below using a single, unified application process. See the Career Center’s Internship Scholarship webpage for details and application directions. To apply, you must be a current undergraduate student in good standing and planning to return for the fall semester after the summer (graduating seniors are not eligible for these awards). The application deadline falls mid-March.

  • Internships for the Common Good: For any student interning at a nonprofit or mission-driven organization.

  • College of Arts & Sciences Internship Scholarship: For students in the College of Arts and Sciences

  • Energy Climate Public Impact Award: For students in the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences or Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources who plan to do research focused on energy and climate mitigation through energy system change.

  • Honors College Career Development Award: For students in the Honors College

  • Plotkin Internship Scholarship for the Arts: For students pursuing an internship in the arts. Preference is given to students majoring or minoring in one of the following arts disciplines: studio art, art history, art education, music, music education, dance, theater, or film & television studies.

  • Public Impact Research Scholarship: Expands funding sources for students engaged in an internship with significant research/creative component in the non-profit sector, with a non-governmental or governmental agency.

Scholarships offered through the Honors College

  • Carl Reidel Scholarship Fund: Honors College students of all majors, whose thesis or internship work includes a strong experiential component may be considered for this scholarship. Based on the ideals and principles of Carl Reidel, Founder of the Environmental Program, this scholarship is intended to provide support for the off-campus internships and research projects of students pursuing an interdisciplinary and experiential education. 

National Scholarships and Fellowships:

  • Udall Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate students demonstrating a commitment to improving or preserving the environment, and to Native American undergraduate students committed to a career in health care or tribal public policy

  • Gilman Scholarship: Financial assistance for undergraduate students pursuing study abroad opportunities that involve learning a critical-need language. 

  • Boren Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate students pursuing study abroad opportunities relating to language study. Student should also have interest in using their language skills in the U.S. Homeland Security or Foreign Service sector for at least a year. 

  • Rhodes Scholarship: Awarded to graduating students who have demonstrated academic and intellectual achievement, as well as strong moral character, leadership qualities, and a desire to help other people.  

  • For more comprehensive information on the above scholarships, and information on how to apply, visit the Honors College National Scholarships and Fellowships Advising page (open to non-Honors College students).

University of Vermont Scholarships:

  • ​​Numerous scholarships are offered through the University of Vermont based on financial need.

  • See the Student Financial Services Scholarship page for more information and instructions on how to apply. 

Vermont EPSCoR Native American and First Generation Scholarships:

  • The Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) awards $5,000 scholarships to Native American and First Generation college students entering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors at a Vermont college or university. This program is intended to inspire students to pursue STEM careers, and develop the STEM workforce in Vermont.

  • Applications due April 1 (approximate).

  • To learn more visit the VT EPSCoR CWDD website.