Scholarships in Environmental Studies
Each year the Environmental Studies Program is proud to award a number of scholarships to students majoring in any of the degrees offered by the ES Program (B.A., B.S., and Hydrologic Sciences). Below is a list of the ES Program Scholarships. In addition, there are a large number of campus, community, and other scholarship opportunities available and interested students are encouraged to seek out additional information via UCSB's Financial Aid Office.
A list of past recipients of ES scholarships can be found on the ES Awards page.
ES Program Scholarships
|The Matthew Charles Decker Memorial Environmental Scholarship
One scholarship between $1,000-$1,500 is awarded each year towards
participating in a environmental field studies program
|normally end of February|
|The Dr. Pearl Chase Scholarship in Environmental Studies
One to two scholarships between $1,000 to 1,500 awarded on the basis of
academic achievement and financial need
|Apply NOW for 2013!
Deadline: April 26, 2013
|The Barker Environmental Scholarship
One to two $1,000 to $1,500 scholarships per year to assist students who
enroll in unpaid environmental internships
|normally end of February|
|The Tom Rogers Scholarship in Environmental Studies
$2,500-5,000 in scholarships is awarded to a student(s) who's personal efforts
embody the ideals of civic responsibility and environmental stewardship
|Apply NOW for 2013!
Deadline: May 3, 2013
*** The above scholarships are offered solely for UCSB students majoring or emphasizing in Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Sciences.
The 2013 Award is $1,000
Application due date is: Friday, February 22, 2013.
Download the 2013 Application Here (.pdf)
This award is intended to provide one scholarship annually to a qualified UCSB Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Sciences major to significantly diminish the costs of participation in wilderness field study in the area of wildlife management or environmental conservation. Eligible field study programs must be offered through an accredited academic organization such as, but not limited to, The Wildlands Studies Program, The School for Field Studies, or The Wild Rockies Field Institute. The recipient is expected to complete the field study at least one quarter before graduating.
Scholarship: One award for $1,000 to be used toward the cost of a student’s participation in wilderness field study in the area of wildlife management or environmental conservation.
Who's Eligible: Applicant must be a declared Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Sciences major with at least sophomore status at time of application. Award can be used any quarter as long as the recipient is registered as a full time student at UCSB for at least one quarter following the completion of the selected field studies program. Must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
Instructions to Apply: Applicants meeting the criteria noted above should submit an essay not to exceed 3 pages stating why they wish to study in the wilds and how doing so relates to their studies and career goals. On a separate cover sheet, include your full name, current local address, phone number, perm number, current class level, and overall GPA. Please also include the name of the wilderness field study program and specific projects you hope to attend, including the dates the program will be offered. Applications will not be processed if the above information is not provided.
Submit your essay to the Environmental Studies Program Main Office, Bren 4312, or via email as a .pdf to email@example.com, by Friday, February 22, 2013. Awards will be announced mid-March.
Questions: Contact Eric Zimmerman, Academic Advisor for the ES Program, in Bren 4312. Phone: 893-3185 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Matthew Charles Decker Scholarship was established in the loving memory of Matthew Charles Decker, an Environmental Studies undergraduate major at UCSB, who suffered a fatal skiing accident in March of 1995 during his junior year at UCSB. Matthew was an honors scholar whose love and commitment to the environment was an inspiration to all who knew him. He completed a wildlife study program in the Fall of 1994 during which he interacted with wolves, bears and the astonishing beauty of nature. This educational experience left him in awe of our Mother Earth and instilled in him a resounding commitment to work on behalf of the environment.
Apply for the 2012-13 UCSB Perl Chase Scholarship in Environemntal Studies. Download the application here. Deadline: April 26, 2013
Sponsored by The UCSB Affiliates of the University of California, Santa Barbara
Application available from UCSB Development Office/Community Relations
Application Deadline is: April 26, 2013
Scholarship Information: The UCSB Affiliates of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will award at least one scholarship of approximately $1,500 to a qualified UCSB undergraduate majoring in the area of environmental studies. The award is made on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, community activities, campus activities, honors and employment background. Recipient must be a registered student during 2013–14 academic year.
Download the 2013 Pearl Chase Scholarship here!
UCSB Affiliates Scholarship Committee
c/o Office of Community Relations
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1136
Please direct all inquiries regarding the scholarship to the Office of Community Relations at
Scholarship Award Procedure and Administration of Funds: The UCSB Affiliates Scholarship Committee and appropriate University faculty will select the recipient(s) of the Dr. Pearl Chase Scholarship. The scholarship recipient(s) will be notified by letter of his or her selection in June, 2013. The scholarship will be presented at the UCSB Affiliates Annual Awards Ceremony to be held early in Fall Quarter, 2013. The recipient is expected to be present. The scholarship award may be used by the recipient to defray necessary expenses of advanced education such as tuition, living expenses, books, supplies, or University fees.
Made possible by the generosity of the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation.
The Environmental Studies Program will award one Barker Scholarship in 2013 to assist a student who enrolls in an unpaid environmental internship. The purpose of this scholarship is to lessen the financial burden on students so they may pursue an unpaid internship and gain valuable hands-on learning experience in the environmental field of their choice.
Award: For 2013 - One award at $1,000
Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2013
Download the 2013 Application Here (.pdf)
The Barker Scholarship will be awarded to one full-time junior or senior Environmental Studies of Hydrology major who possess a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Disbursement of the award is contingent upon securing an internship and enrollment in ENVS 192, Internship In Environmental Studies.
How To Apply: Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria must submit a one to two page essay stating why they are undertaking the internship, how it relates to their studies and career goals, and how the award would ease financial burdens that may otherwise limit their participation in an Internship.
On a separate cover sheet, include your full name, perm number, address, phone number, email address, current class level, and GPA. Also include the title and dates of the internship you have secured or plan to pursue in the upcoming quarter(s). Please list the name(s) of any previous internships you have completed in the past.
Please submit your essay and cover letter to the Environmental Studies Program Main Office, Bren 4312, or via email as an .pdf attachement to email@example.com. Awards will be announced mid-March.
For more information about scholarships and the Internship Program, please stop by the Environmental Studies main office in Bren 4312, or contact the Student Advisor: 805-893-3185 or via email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
For ES Internship Program information please visit the website or contact the ES Student Advisor.
The Tom Rogers Scholarship awards approximately $5,000 each Spring to students majoring in the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB (both ES or Hydro majors are eligible). The application deadline is normally late-April/early May. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Environmental Studies Program alumni and community supporters.
The Tom Rogers Scholarship Fund at UCSB was established in late 1999 to honor Tom Rogers, a role model for civic and environmental leadership. Among the many achievements of Tom Rogers are his service on the Santa Barbara City Council and County Board of Supervisors through 1994. As a civil servant, he voiced and voted for sound environmental planning and progressive policies for long-term community benefits. The Fund provides for annual scholarship(s) to be awarded to students who are majors in the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB. Selection of scholarship recipients is based on their personal efforts that embody the ideals of civic responsibility and environmental stewardship exemplified by Tom Rogers in his career.
In Spring 2013 one or two scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each, will be awarded to a UCSB Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Science major(s) whose past and present efforts best embody the ideals of civic responsibility and environmental stewardship.
2013 Application Deadline is Friday, May 3, 2013 (download .pdf version of the application here)
Applicant Eligibility: Qualified applicants must be continuing undergraduate students who are declared majors in the Environmental Studies Program and have demonstrated civic, community, educational, and environmental involvement. Applicants should have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and must be enrolled at UCSB for at least two quarters after receiving the award. Although financial need will be considered in the selection process, eligibility for financial aid is not required to receive this scholarship.
Applicant Instructions: Application instructions are included on the reverse side. Once all required information has been compiled we request it be submitted to the Environmental Studies Program in electronic format, as a .pdf file. We recommend you compile the application in as a word document and then convert it to a .pdf file (an option normally available under either the "print" or “save file as” menu). For a copy of your current transcript access your grades via GOLD’s Academic History and save the page as a .pdf or print, scan, and save it as a .pdf. You may elect to copy and paste it at the end of your application. Completed applications should be emailed as an attachment to: email@example.com . If you have difficulty converting your application to an electronic format you may seek assistance from the ES Program staff in Bren Hall, rm 4312.
Tom Rogers Application Materials/Process:
1) On a cover sheet, please include the following:
Current telephone number
Local mailing address
Overall UCSB GPA
Expected quarter and year of graduation
2) Provide the following:
- Current copy of your unofficial UCSB transcript, with separate notes to explain special courses
not clearly identified on the transcript
- Chronologically list and briefly describe your involvement in past and/or present civic,
community, or environmental services or organization.
3) Please answer the following two questions (limit your answers to 400 words per question)
How have your experiences in the civic, community, and/or environmental services noted above influenced your decision to become a major in Environmental Studies?
How would the scholarship award enable you to continue or enhance your education and civic, community, and environmental involvement?
Completed applications should be emailed as a single attachment to Erinn Oshea at: firstname.lastname@example.org If you are unable to convert your application into .pdf format you may seek assistance from the ES Program staff in Bren 4312.
Award Procedure & Administration of Funds: Scholarship recipient(s) will be determined by a Selection Committee consisting of ES alumni, community members, and Environmental Studies faculty. In early May, scholarship finalists will be notified in writing and invited to participate in an informal interview conducted by the selection committee. The scholarship recipient(s) selected will be notified in mid-May.
Scholarship recipients may use the award to defray expenses associated with their undergraduate education, such as tuition and fees, living expenses, books, supplies, and special project costs. The funds will be dispersed in two or three installments over a six-month period, unless the Selection Committee approves an alternative schedule. Prior to graduation a one-page report will be required of the scholarship recipient(s) highlighting their accomplishments and activities since receiving the award.
Questions: Please direct all inquiries regarding the scholarships to the address above, or call the Environmental Studies Program at 805/893-2905.
Established May 2005 to honor J. Marc McGinnes upon his retirement after 33 years of service to the UCSB Environmental Studies Program, this award of at least $500 will be given annually to a deserving ES senior in recognition of: outstanding academic achievement in the Environmental Studies major in general and in environmental law courses in particular, outstanding environmental service and leadership as an undergraduate student, and outstanding promise of future achievement in environmental law and/or environmental leadership.
This award is chosen by the ES Program's faculty awards committee each spring. If a student wished to nominate someone or themselves, please send an email message, attn to: ES Scholarship Selection Committee, via emai to:email@example.com
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