Lake Champlain Sea Grant Scholars Program 2021-2022

Lake Champlain Sea Grant offers a 15-month Sea Grant Scholars program for University of Vermont (UVM) first- and second-year undergraduate students interested in the sciences and related fields. Scholars receive a one-year academic scholarship to offset costs of education and expenses, in addition to valuable professional development opportunities.

Selected scholars will be awarded: 

  • an academic scholarship of $5000 for the 2021-22 academic year; 
  • a week-long professional development workshop in the Lake Champlain basin in late summer 2021 or early summer 2022 (COVID-dependent); 
  • regular professional development opportunities with other Sea Grant Scholars throughout their academic experience at UVM; and 
  • a paid internship during summer 2022 (either in the Lake Champlain basin or in the Scholar’s hometown).


Current first- and second-year UVM undergraduate students are eligible to apply. The Sea Grant Scholars program will support a cohort of diverse scholars, selected based on academic ability, commitment to a career in science or related field, financial need, and first-generation college student status. The Sea Grant Scholars program strives to grow representation of and help prepare Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students for successful careers in science, science communications, technology, policy, natural resources management, engineering, or related fields. In addition, applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, veteran status types, income levels, and socioeconomic statuses are encouraged to apply.


A complete application package includes: 

  • A one-page essay (12-point font, single-spaced, 1-inch margins) describing your career goals as they relate to the Lake Champlain Sea Grant mission, which is to develop and share science-based knowledge to benefit the environment and economies, and your plans to work towards achieving those goals in your remaining undergraduate years. 
  • Your undergraduate transcripts to date (including Fall 2020). 
  • A letter of recommendation from a UVM faculty member. 

Students should submit their essay and transcripts to Dr. Kris Stepenuck at kris.stepenuck [at] (subject: Sea%20Grant%20Scholars%20program%20application) . Please use the subject line: "Sea Grant Scholars Program application." Faculty members should submit their letters of recommendation separately to the same email address and using the same subject line. 

Sea Grant Scholarship Timeline

  • March 1, 2021: Student applications due. This includes a short essay, a faculty recommendation, and fall semester transcripts. (See above for details.)
  • March - April 2021: Lake Champlain Sea Grant selects and notifies Sea Grant Scholars.
  • August 2021 or May 2022: Professional Development Workshop week (TBD dependent on COVID).
  • September 2021 - May 2022: Sea Grant Scholars are supported by an academic year scholarship, participate in informal cohort celebrations and learning opportunities, and are matched with a business or organization for a summer internship (in the Lake Champlain basin or in their hometown).
  • May - August 2022: Sea Grant Scholars engage in a summer internship hosted by a variety of STEM-focused businesses or those that benefit from or contribute to developing and sharing science-based information that benefits the environment or local economies in the Lake Champlain basin or their hometown watershed.


For more information about the Sea Grant Scholars program, contact Dr. Kristine (Kris) Stepenuck (kris.stepenuck [at] (subject: Sea%20Grant%20Scholars%20Program) ), Extension Leader for Lake Champlain Sea Grant