Scholarships & Awards

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability has numerous scholarship awards to offer to deserving undergraduate and graduate students. See each award for application instructions. 

APPLICATIONS FOR SEVERAL AWARDS EXTENDED TO MAY 2, 2018 (by midnight). 

 

Undergraduate Awards 

Undergraduate awards in Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies

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Environmental Fund for a Sustainable Future Scholarship - Extended deadline: May 2, 2018 - Click HERE for application form

Amount of award varies: approximately $2,000

The Environmental Fund for a Sustainable Future Scholarship provides funding for junior and senior Environmental Sciences or Environmental & Sustainability 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  - Extended deadline: May 2, 2018 - Click HERE for application form

Amount of award varies: approximately $1,500

The Lisa Marie Jones Memorial Scholarship provides funding for junior and senior Environmental Sciences or Environmental & Sustainability 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  - Extended deadline: May 2, 2018 - Click HERE for application form

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.

Undergraduate awards in Geology

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The following awards are given to recognize exceptional undergraduate students in geology. Recipients are selected by the geology faculty. 

Outstanding Undergraduate in Geology Award

Selection criteria:

  • Anticipated graduation with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (A=4.0) or higher, and/or:
  • Participation in departmental activities including research, and/or;
  • Participation in extracurricular activities and/or volunteer work

 Cree Family Scholarship 

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

Vesto Slipher Award

Selection criteria:

  • Junior
  • Majoring in Earth Sciences

Graduate Awards (listed by program)

Awards for Environmental Science & Policy Students

Henry Hooper Student Fund -  Extended deadline: May 2, 2018

The Henry Hooper Student Fund is intended to support student projects that involve an environmental or sustainability issue or activity in research, education, or service.  The amount of the award will be approximately $1,000. 

To apply, assemble the following materials into a single PDF and email to environment@nau.edu

  • A description of your project, including how it involves an environmental or sustainability issue or activity (1- 2 pages) 
  • A statement of your career goals (0.5 – 1 page) 
  • Expectations for use of the award funds (0.5 – 1 page) 
  • A copy of your transcripts (may be unofficial) 

Bill Morrall Conservation Scholarship -  Extended deadline: May 2, 2018 - Click HERE for application form

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. Amount of award varies: approximately $500

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.

The John Prather Graduate Scholarship in Conservation Biology

The John W. Prather Scholarship supports graduate student research in conservation biology.  The amount of the scholarship is up 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.  

 Application Deadline: April 20, 2018. Applications for 2018 are now closed.  


The Colorado River Discovery Research Award

This award was established by members of the local community with the vision of “making a difference and giving back for the greater good”. The founders are interested in supporting students in environmental sciences programs through helping with “expenses related to their research and fieldwork in sustainable energy or public lands management”. Award amounts vary, up to $1500. Application Deadline: April 6, 2018. Applications for 2018 are now closed.  

 

Awards for all SESES Students

Muehlberger Family Award   Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

This Fund was established by Mr. Eric Muehlberger who earned both his BS & MS degrees in Geology from Northern Arizona University. This fund is established in honor of his family to encourage and support a graduate student or students conducting research in water, surface processes, or geomorphology, broadly defined. Open to applications from the Geology and Environmental Science Programs of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability.

 

Awards for Geology Students

Ronald Blakey Award   Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

 NAU Professor Emeritus Dr. Ron Blakey was honored in 2010 by the Geology faculty and alumni with the establishment of a new endowed NAU Foundation fund in his name. The fund was set up to support graduate research in areas related to Dr. Blakey’s interests in stratigraphy and regional tectonics.

McCulloch Award  Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

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

Basin-Structure Research Award  Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

An alumni fund (Basin-Structure Research Fund) was set up in 2004 - 2005 by three former NAU-Geology graduate students, Luke Martin, Travis Loseke and Nathan Blythe. The award is meant to assist in tuition, field, and/or laboratory expenses. Successful proposals must be focused on some aspect of Cenozoic tectonics, including sedimentary and structural processes in the Basin and Range and/or Transition zone of southern Nevada or Arizona.

Geology Graduate Student Scholarship Award  Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

This award is given to support an MS student in Geology. It has been funded by generous contributions from Geology alumni. Applications judged based on research, teaching, service to the department, and / or justification of financial need. 

Pioneer Natural Resources Award  Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

The Pioneer Natural Resources company has provided generous funds to the NAU Geology program since 2011. Approximately half will be awarded to meritorious projects in the general field of stratigraphy/sedimentation/basin analysis, and the remainder will be awarded to projects falling within any field in the geosciences. The funds can be used to support research-related expenses or professional development activities (e.g., participation in a meeting or workshop; research-instrument training, etc).

David Sanders Geology Research Assistantship Award  Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

Dave Sanders is a Geology MS alumnus with a successful career in the oil-and-gas business, most recently with Pioneer Natural Resources. This award is intended to support graduate research in geology by providing funding for a one-semester RA to a graduate student in the Geology Program.

Friday Lunch Clubbe Awards Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

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.