Scholarships, Awards, and Funding

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability has numerous scholarship awards to offer to deserving students.

Turn in one application for the first three scholarships listed to the Environmental Programs office (in the Physical Sciences Building--#19) by April 15, 2014.

Undergraduate awards

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Environmental Fund for a Sustainable Future Scholarship

Amount of award varies: approximately $2,000

The Environmental Fund for a Sustainable Future Scholarship provides funding for junior and senior Environmental Sciences or Studies majors currently enrolled full-time and in good standing with NAU.

Selection criteria:

  • Clear, demonstrated activism or research outside the classroom in environmental preservation, protection, and restoration
  • Potential to make significant contributions to environmental sciences and/or politics
  • Interest in and contributions to northern Arizona environmental issues

Lisa Marie Jones Memorial Scholarship

Amount of award varies: approximately $1,500

The Lisa Marie Jones Memorial Scholarship provides funding for junior and senior Environmental Sciences or Studies majors currently enrolled full-time and in good standing with NAU.

Selection criteria:

  • GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Arizona Resident
  • Financial need

Bill Morrall Conservation Scholarship

Amount of award varies: approximately $500

The Bill Morrall Conservation Scholarship was established in 1983 by the Arizona Wildlife Federation to honor the memory of Bill Morrall. Bill was actively involved in the work of the foundation and conservation issues important to Northern Arizona. Past recipients may apply.

Selection criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Undergraduate or graduate
  • Enrolled in conservation related studies.
  • Finalists for this award will be asked to complete a separate, additional application.

Geology Scholarships 

Provides scholarships to geology students as decided by the Geology faculty.

Cree Family Scholarship 

Award to an outstanding geology major in his or her junior or senior year.

Vesto Slipher

Selection criteria:

  • Junior
  • Majoring in Physics or Astronomy

 

Graduate awards

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Bill Morrall Conservation Scholarship

Amount of award varies: approximately $500

The Bill Morrall Conservation Scholarship was established in 1983 by the Arizona Wildlife Federation to honor the memory of Bill Morrall. Bill was actively involved in the work of the foundation and conservation issues important to Northern Arizona. Past recipients may apply. Criteria described under 2.2.1.

The John Prather Graduate Scholarship in Conservation Biology

Now accepting applications   

The John W. Prather Scholarship supports graduate student research in conservation biology.  The amount of the scholarship varies from $700 to $1000.  Application is open to all graduate students in good standing at Northern Arizona University who are engaged in research related to the conservation of biological diversity.  

Selection of the awardee will be based on the quality of the application materials and the student’s potential impact in the field of conservation biology.  The selected applicant for 2014-2015 will be announced on March 12, 2014. 

To Apply: Please submit one .pdf file containing the following:  1) a one page letter of application, explaining the relevance of the proposed graduate research to conservation biology; 2) a three-page synopsis of your graduate research proposal, and 3) a brief statement from your faculty advisor describing your research and potential for leadership in the field of Conservation Biology. 

Application Deadline: All materials must be received by Thursday, February 20th     Please e-mail completed applications to sally.evans@nau.edu.  

 

Prather 

John Prather, 1969-2006, was an ecologist with great intellect and love for nature.  His research focused on the ecology, behavior, and distribution of terrestrial vertebrates, with an emphasis on birds.  John was also a thoughtful and passionate participant in grassroots democracy and was an eloquent spokesman on issues related to human rights, peace, and justice.

For downloadable information about how to apply, view the John Prather Graduate Scholarship flyer.

Friday Lunch Clubbe Awards

The Friday Lunch Clubbe awards are provided by alumni in support of Geology graduate student research projects. Funding decisions are made by a committee of alumni following evaluation of rigorous proposals submitted by graduate students.

Ronald Blakey Award

Award benefits geology graduate student research, with highest priority to research in stratigraphy. 

McCulloch Award

Award benefits geology graduate student research on some aspect of the Grand Canyon or Colorado River.

Southwest Stratigraphic Research Fund

Supports student research on problems related to stratigraphy.

Assistantships for quaternary studies students

There are two state-funded assistantships available to QSP students every year. Contact QSP faculty to learn more.

Other opportunities

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  • The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is a highly competitive national scholarship targeting students pursuing careers in the environmental field. For more information, go to http://www.udall.gov/or contact the NAU representative, Dr. Rod Parnell at rod.parnell@nau.edu
  • The Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program is a 12-month scholarship/mentoring opportunity in which students conduct research with the help of a faculty mentor. URM Scholars are awarded up to $15,000 per year in a combination of scholarships and wages. Scholars receive a $2,000 scholarship for both the fall and spring terms, and are paid $10 per hour for their research efforts. For more information visit the URM page.
  • National Science Foundation Fellowships 
  • National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences for minorities and women
  • Smithsonian Institution—Smithsonian Fellowship Program 
  • American Society of Mammalogists-Grants-in-aid 
  • Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship in Mammalogy

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Research and travel funding

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 Need money to travel or complete your research? Try the following sources: