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If you are interested in the following scholarship opportunities please complete the Scholarship Application by March 10. Please note that these scholarships are for the 2021-2022 school year, unless otherwise noted.”



Mike Martin Memorial Scholarship: $500

  • One award may be made each year to a full-time Environment & Sustainability major from Crested Butte, Gunnison, or elsewhere in Colorado in honor of Mike Martin, Crested Butte environmentalist and recreation enthusiast. Eligibility Criteria: Full-time enrollment status, having grown up in Crested Butte, Gunnison, or elsewhere in Colorado (applications will be ranked according to this order); GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Nauman Environmental Stewardship Scholarship: $400

  • One award may be made each year to a full-time Environment & Sustainability major in recognition of his or her contribution towards environmental stewardship while at Western. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and consistent progress towards completion of the Environment & Sustainability major.

James D. Nauman Environmental Studies Scholarship: $400

  • Awarded each year to an applicant who has been accepted for admission to Western with a declared interest in pursuing a degree in Environment & Sustainability. Preference will be given to entering first year students with financial need; however, other first time students may be considered.

Elizabeth Cobbins Environmental Justice Scholarship: $1,000

  • Established in 2020, this award is named after Elizabeth Cobbins, former Program Coordinator of Western’s Multicultural Center.  In June 2020, Ms. Cobbins organized Gunnison’s ‘Justice for All’ rally, the largest gathering for racial justice in the Gunnison Valley’s history.  The gathering itself illustrated Cobbins’ own ethic of courage, solidarity, and service to others and this award is named in recognition of those ideals. One award may be made for the this academic year (2020-2021) and one award will be made for next academic year (2020-2021) to a full-time Environment & Sustainability student (major or minor) who is active in the Multicultural Center. Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating financial need and thus applicants must also complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) through the office of Financial Aid.

Clark School Inclusivity Scholarship: Up to $5,000

  • One or two awards may be made to ENVS majors from historically underserved and marginalized communities, with preference given to students that will become active leaders in our ENVS Program and the Clark Family School of Environment & Sustainability, a discipline with minimal diversity. To be considered for this award, applicants must also complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) through the office of Financial Aid. Awards may be made for this academic year (2020-2021) and/or for the next academic year (2020-2021).

Mahaffey Environmental Studies Scholarship: $1,100

  • One award may be made each year to a full-time Environment & Sustainability major who has demonstrated community involvement with environmental solutions, academic excellence and a dedication to mountain environments which could encompass recreational activity, personal connection, or service.

M. Agazio Ritzel Scholarship: $200

  • Established by a 2019 ENVS graduate, this scholarship will be awarded to a student dedicated to developing local-global connections through travel and network building for the purpose of cultivating a culture of community and inclusivity that fuels teamwork and campus sustainability improvements. Applicants must demonstrate their involvement in campus organizations such as student clubs and they must participate in voluntary service to the community. Applicants must also have a GPA of 3.0 or above, or they must be a double major with financial need.

For the following award opportunities, submit a nomination letter for another student.

Please send letters to at kclark@western.edu, using the subject title “ENVS Service Nomination”. Self-nominations will not be accepted for these two awards. We want to celebrate and encourage connection between the undergraduate ENVS and graduate MEM program, and these awards have been developed accordingly.

For undergraduates – Steve Dunn Service Award: $500

  • In honor of retired ENVS faculty member and co-founder of the ENVS Program—Dr. Dunn, the Steve Dunn Service Award is intended to honor the undergraduate that maximizes the potential of connecting with, learning from, and engaging with the MEM program. Consider submitting a nomination letter for a fellow undergraduate that exemplified these values.

For graduate students – Margie Haley Service Award: $500

  • We also welcome your nominations for graduate students that have helped our community build a bridge between the two programs. Thus, we’re pleased to announce the Margie Haley Service Award, which recognizes an MEM student that exemplifies graduate student service to the undergraduate community. If you know an MEM student that has served you well, consider submitting a nomination on their behalf.

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