Undergraduate Scholarships, Grants and Awards

If you are considering applying for a scholarship either through the Nelson Institute or elsewhere you may want to read Becoming a Good Scholarship Candidate.

Where to Find Scholarship Opportunities

There are a wide variety of scholarships available to undergraduate students. Visit Scholarships@UW-Madison to learn more.

Nelson Institute Scholarships

Numerous awards, varying from year to year in number and amount, are awarded to undergraduate students in environmental studies who have distinguished themselves through their academic achievements and also through service to the college or community.

Eligibility

All declared environmental studies students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for Nelson Institute scholarships. Please note that some scholarships may have specific eligibility requirements.


Community Environmental Scholarship

The Community Environmental Scholars Program is designed for students who want to link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community. It trains undergraduates to work with community-based environmental organizations. 

Review the Community Environmental Scholarship eligibility and program requirements.

Deadline: The scholarship window opens Oct. 10 and closes Nov. 20.


William R. Dahlke Fund

This campus-wide scholarship provides a one-time $1,000 award to a declared undergraduate environmental studies student with demonstrated financial need. All eligible applicants must be in good academic standing, be enrolled full-time at UW-Madison and be making progress toward a Nelson Institute undergraduate program.


Reid Bryson Scholarship

The Reid Bryson Scholarship honors the life and legacy of Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research founder Reid Bryson. The scholarship rewards exemplary students whose research mirrors the innovative and interdisciplinary studies of the late professor Reid Bryson.

Applicants must either be a registered undergraduate or graduate student at UW-Madison, from any department. The student's research should either involve research into fundamental climatic and meteorological processes or environmental issues that connect climate, people and the environment. Students from across the sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the scholarship at the Center for Climatic Research website.


Holstrom Environmental Scholarships

This campus-wide scholarship provides support to undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or staff. Research proposals must have an environmental focus, and applicants must have at least a junior standing at the time of application. Students should apply in the spring semester to fund research during the summer or following academic year.

Selection criteria: Quality of the research proposal, originality and intellectual significance of the research, and ability of the student applicant to carry out proposed research. Applicants who do not receive a Holstrom scholarship will be automatically considered for a Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship.

Find application information at Scholarships@UW.


Kikkoman Environmental Studies Scholarship

This campus-wide scholarship provides a one-time $2,000 award to a declared undergraduate environmental studies student with demonstrated financial need. All eligible applicants must be in good academic standing, be enrolled full-time at UW-Madison and be making progress toward a Nelson Institute undergraduate program. Preference is given to students from Walworth County, Wis.

The application period opens in the fall semester.


Charles G. Meyer Scholarship Endowment

This campus-wide scholarship provides a one-time $1,000 award to a declared undergraduate environmental studies student with an unpaid environmentally focused internship and demonstrated financial need. 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 experiences in the environmental field of their choice.

Note: The internship must take place during the semester in which the student applies for the scholarship. All eligible applicants must be in good academic standing, be enrolled full-time at UW-Madison and be making progress toward a Nelson Institute undergraduate program.


Scholarship Application Process

To access the Scholarships@UW applications:

  • Log into your MyUW
  • Click on the Student Services Tab
  • From the Student Services menu select Scholarships@UW
  • You will then be directed to the Scholarships@UW homepage
  • From this page you can complete scholarships that you have saved; or,
  • To find scholarships you are eligible for, click on the Match Scholarships button
  • You may then be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility
  • If scholarships are available, the applications will appear
  • Remember to save your work and submit your application when complete