Scholarships & Financial Aid

Federal aid, scholarships and paid internships opportunities are available to help fund your experience in the College of the Environment.

As an incoming or current UW student, you may be eligible to apply for a variety of local, national, merit and need-based scholarship awards. We encourage all Environmental Studies students to apply for scholarships to help finance their education.

Please review the list of scholarship opportunities below and see an Environmental Studies adviser if you need more information on how to navigate scholarship and funding opportunities.

Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA annually (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The US federal government provides grants, loans and work-study programs for qualified individuals. For more information on FAFSA, see or visit the Student Financial Aid Office. Without a FAFSA “score,” student financial resources cannot be assessed and students might miss out on financial opportunities, including scholarships.

Program on the Environment Scholarships

Environmental Leadership Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Environmental Studies majors who demonstrate a passion for Environmental Studies, integrative thought and action in academics and activities, and a vision of how to make a positive difference in the world. Scholarships are used for tuition, books and/or fees for the academic year.

Student Success Fund

This scholarship provides funding (up to $350) to Environmental Studies majors to support student learning. Typically, these funds are awarded to support transportation expenses, equipment or conference attendance fees associated with an environmentally related project. Senior capstone students receive priority for funding though all students in the major are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

College of the Environment (CoEnv) Scholarships

Need- and merit-based College of the Environment scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as funding for student travel to conferences and for student-organized meetings. These scholarship opportunities include the following:

  • Nancy Wilcox Scholarship
  • Nelson Del Rio Environmental Studies Scholarship
  • College of the Environment Scholarship
  • Student Travel & Meeting Fund

UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (OMSFA)

The UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards provides comprehensive information about where to find funding for your education and how to apply for those funds. They provide information sessions, workshops, individual advising sessions and a searchable database of many scholarship opportunities.

Mary Gates Scholarships

Selected National Scholarships