Each year Environmental Studies is proud to award a number of scholarships to students majoring in any of the degrees offered by the Environmental Studies (B.A., B.S., and Hydrologic Sciences). Below is a list of the  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.

Environmental Studies Program Scholarships

Barker Scholarship for Environmental Internships

$1,250 per scholarship per year to assist students who enroll in unpaid environmental internships.

Award: Two awards of $1,250 each

Application Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021

Description: The Environmental Studies Program will award two Barker Scholarships in 2021 to assist student who participates in an unpaid environmental internship before they graduate. 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.

Eligibility: The Barker Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation and will be awarded to two full-time sophomore, junior or senior Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Science and Policy majors who possess a minimum overall GPA of 2.75. Disbursement of the award is contingent upon securing an internship and enrollment in a minimum of 2 units in ENV S 192, Internship in Environmental Studies, during any quarter prior to officially graduating. Once enrolled in ENV S 192 the money will be processed and sent to the award winner.

How to Apply:

  1. Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria must submit a one to two page essay stating why they want to undertake an environmental internship, how it will relate to their studies and career goals, and how the award would ease financial burdens that may otherwise limit their participation in an internship (i.e allow to work less, augment one’s limited financial aid, cover particular expenses, etc.). It is not required to have secured an internship prior to applying for and winning the Barker scholarship.
  2. On a separate cover sheet include your: full name, perm number, major, address, phone number, email address, current class level, and overall GPA. Please also include a list of any previous internships you have completed and, although not required to earn the scholarship, if you already have a non-paid internship lined up for next quarter include the title, organization and dates of the internship.

How to Submit: Please save your essay and cover letter as a single PDF document and email it to Eric Zimmerman at: with “Barker Scholarship” included in the subject. Scholarship recipients will be determined by the ES Awards Committee and notified in late-March. For more information about additional scholarships or the ES Internship Program visit the Environmental Studies website, advising office, or by email:

Disclosures: Please be aware University Policy and federal and state regulations require the reporting of monetary awards students receive if they are financial aid recipients. Although rare, adjustments may be made to a student’s financial aid package if a scholarship like this one results in overage of the recipient’s maximum financial aid award amount determined each year by UCSB’s Financial Aid office. Please direct any questions regarding how this scholarship may affect one’s financial aid to your Financial Aid Advisor.

ES Research Enhancement Awards for Undergraduates

Up to $500 per award to Environmental Studies majors conducting research or activities that will enhance their educational and career goals.

Award: Up to $500 per individual award

Application Deadline: Accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Description: This award will provide some funding for ES students conducting research or similar creative activities that will enhance their educational and career goals. Funding is available for supplies and expenses, campus recharge for space/facilities usage or NRS Reserve charges, and mileage reimbursement or other travel expenses directly related to the research. Funding cannot be used for salaries.

Eligibility: Student must be a sophomore or junior Environmental Studies Major and must be conducting research under the guidance of a faculty member or one of their graduate students. Students who are seniors may apply if they are staying through the following summer and fall. Must have a GPA of 3.0 and must have a faculty sponsor.

How to Apply: Please review details on the REA Application. Submit a 1-2 page description of the proposed research, and a proposed budget.  Student should also indicate the faculty sponsor and provide contact information for them.

Application materials should be submitted as an attached .pdf by email to

Restrictions: A student funded by a faculty member’s research grant can apply as long as they are conducting their own clearly identifiable piece of research within the larger lab framework.  All applicants must have a faculty sponsor. The money is strictly reimbursable through ES staff. It will not go into the students BARC account. Students must save and file receipts or fill in travel forms for mileage or other travel reimbursement (forms available from ES office staff). Funds must be spent while student is still enrolled. Unspent funds will be returned to the Department. A report of how the funds contributed to the research product is required before final reimbursements. Recipients should contribute a poster to the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in May of the year following receipt of the award, assuming they are still registered students.

Tom Rogers Scholarship

 $2,500 to $5,000 awarded to a student(s) whose efforts embody the ideals of civic responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Award: $2,500 to $5,000 awarded to a student(s)

Application Deadline: May 8, 2020

Description: 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.

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.

How to Apply: Application (PDF)

Application materials should be submitted as an attached .pdf by email to Awards are announced in March.

About Tom Rogers: 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.

Matthew Charles Decker Memorial Scholarship for Field Studies

$1,000 awarded annually to help cover the cost of participating in an environmental field studies program.

Award: $1,000 - $1,500 annually

Application Deadline: February 21, 2020

Description: This award is intended to provide a scholarship to qualified UCSB Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Sciences majors to significantly diminish the costs of participation in an environmental 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 StudiesSierra Institute, or The Wild Rockies Field Institute. The recipient is expected apply the credit earned towards their major and/or graduation requirements.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a declared Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Sciences major with at least sophomore status at time of application and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Award can be used any quarter as long as units earned from the completed program are applied towards one’s major/graduation requirements.

How to Apply: Applicants meeting the criteria noted above should submit an essay not to exceed three pages stating why they wish to study in the wilds, how doing so relates to their studies and career aspirations, and how this scholarship would assist in accomplishing their goals. On a separate cover sheet, include your full name, perm number, current class level, overall GPA, local address and phone number. Please also include the name of the field study program and project(s) you hope to attend, including the dates the program will be offered. Applications will not be processed if the above information is not provided.

Application and essay should be submitted as an attached .pdf by email to Awards are announced in March.

About Matthew Charles Decker: 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 environment and instilled in him a resounding commitment to work on behalf of the environment.

Other Environmental Scholarships

Pearl Chase Scholarship 

$1,000 - $1,500 awarded annually and to a qualified UCSB undergraduate majoring in the area of environmental studies.

Award: $1,500 annually

Application Deadline: April 19, 2021

Description: The UCSB Affiliates of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will award one scholarship of $1,500 to a qualified UCSB undergraduate majoring in the area of environmental studies.

Eligibility: The award is made on the basis of academic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA), financial need, community activities, campus activities, honors and employment background. Recipient must be a registered student during 2021-2022 academic year.

How to Apply: Download scholarship application (PDF)

About Pearl Chase: A pioneer in the fields of conservation, preservation, social services, and civic planning, Pearl Chase was devoted to improving the surroundings of others. For 70 years, from the time of her graduation from UC Berkeley in 1909, until her death, she was a dominant force in molding the character of Santa Barbara. Often referred to as the First Lady of Santa Barbara, she founded many civic and cultural organizations that have profoundly affected the city of Santa Barbara and the state of California, including the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the Community Arts Association, and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.