New Scholarships Available for Environmental Studies Students

The Geography and Environmental Studies Discipline at Northwest Vista College now has $33,000 in scholarships available to students with pre-majors in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Geography and Environmental Sustainability.

These scholarships are a gift from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund – a grant NVC recently received (read more about it here). They are targeted to support underserved NVC students to include ethnic minorities, first in their family to go to college, those with lower household incomes, and LGBTQ+ and veteran students. It also targets students inside Loop 410 but is not geographically exclusive.

Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are online at: Only one application is needed to apply for all these scholarships. The deadline is May 1, 2022. Students will begin to be notified of awards by June 1. Students will be awarded from $500 to $1,250 per semester.

NVC has pre-majors and transfer advising guides for those who want to study online and transfer to UTSA with an Associate of Science degree in Environmental Science, Associate of Arts in Environmental Studies, or the AA in Geography and Environmental Sustainability. We also have advising guides for those wanting to transfer to Texas State University’s Geography program. These scholarships are available for any of these academic fields.

According to the US Department of Labor’s O*Net, environmental science and protection jobs are “Bright Outlook occupations” that are “expected to grow rapidly in the next several years and will have large numbers of job openings.” Meanwhile, the US Department of Labor Statistics lists the 2020 median pay for environmental scientists and specialists at $73,230 per year. For geographers, the median pay is $85,430 per year.

“Scholarships such as these can help underserved students achieve a solid, well-paying career,” said Dr. Scott Walker, Coordinator of NVC’s Geography and Environmental Studies program.


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