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Vermont Scholarships

Northern Vermont University-Johnson Student Services

Northern Vermont University-Johnson offers scholarships, loans, student employment, and financial aid. Be sure to apply for the award given in memory of Professor Cyrus B. McQueen, to support students conducting research in the sciences at NVUJ. An essay on your research project must be submitted with your application. Also, consider the Margaret Ottum scholarship, awarded to a NVUJ junior or senior majoring in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or Environmental Education. The student selected must have at least a 'B' average and have demonstrated a commitment to the College or to community service. The required essay should address the student's special area(s) of environmental interest and how he or she "hopes to make a difference in the world."

Use the Scholarship Eligibility Worksheet to determine which scholarships you qualify for. Then complete the Current Student Scholarship Application and upload the required supporting documentation.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is required for families who want to apply for federal aid, grants, loans, and work study awards for higher education. Everyone with a student attending or going to attend college next year should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

The START Scholarship

The "Student Transition, Achievement, Retention and Teaching" (START) scholarship provides up to $40,000 over four years to qualified students who choose to major in biology or environmental science. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated financial need in order to apply.

Vermont Geological Society

The primary goal of the Vermont Geological Society Research Grant Program is to promote and support original research on Vermont geology by undergraduate and graduate students and secondary school teachers (grades 7-12). The grant program does not seek to cover all of the researcher's expenses but instead should be viewed as a professional endorsement of the research endeavour. Requests for grants are judged on how well the proposed research will advance the science of geology and its related branches within the State of Vermont.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. was created in 1965 as a public nonprofit agency to help Vermonters who want to go to college or other training after high school. We provide grants, loans, scholarships, career and education planning, and general information about how you, or others in your family, can get the education you want.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Book of Grant Opportunities

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation publishes this booklet to provide you with information about specific scholarships available to Vermont residents. Most of the scholarships listed are sponsored by private groups, including Vermont businesses, charitable or service organizations, veterans groups, and others.

Burlington Gem and Mineral Club

The primary goal of the Burlington Gem and Mineral Club Ethel and William Schuele Scholarship is to promote and support original research on Vermont geology by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a college or university within the State of Vermont.

VT EPSCoR Scholarships for Native American (including Abenaki) and First Generation college students

The VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) works to cultivate and prepare a diverse science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce in Vermont by inspiring students to enter STEM careers. As part of our work we are pleased to award $5000 scholarships to Native American (including Abenaki) and First Generation college students who enter STEM majors at a Vermont institution of higher education. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic standing, letters of recommendation, and an essay detailing career goals.

Research on Adaptation to Climate Change Internships

The Undergraduate Internship Program offers students the opportunity to participate in current research conducted through the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) program. Undergraduates selected to participate in the RACC program will be matched with a research team of faculty and graduate students working on the transdisciplinary RACC research program. Students will be payed $5000 for summer research.

Other Scholarships (that fund education in Vermont)

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. In awarding $7500 scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.

Morris K. Udall Scholarships

Each year, the Foundation awards undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000 to American sophomores and juniors in fields related to the environment, and to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal policy.

Open Education Database

This database provides links to over 20,000 scholarship opportunities and organized by category. There are categories for single-mothers, women, and many more.

Unique Scholarships

So what does a wacky scholarship look like, and what makes it so unique? Well, these scholarships seek to reward unique student traits that may have otherwise gone overlooked. Check below for a few examples of strange scholarships that have been popular over the last few years.

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

The program will provide about 110 college undergraduates up to $28,425 to support academic studies related to NOAA science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities, and a related internship designed to provide a "hands-on," multi-disciplinary training experience. Applications are due May 23, 2005. Eligible undergraduates studying biological, life, and agricultural sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; social and behavioral science; and teacher education are encouraged to apply.

Public Health Scholarships

It is possible to offset some of the costs of earning a public health degree by tapping into a variety of available public health scholarships. Application processes and award amounts vary from program to program, but students may apply for multiple scholarships simultaneously.

The Excel Builders Scholarship

All applicants should fill out the scholarship application and include a personal statement and an essay. The winning entrant will receive a check in the amount of $1,000 which may be used without restriction in the winning entrant’s sole discretion.

Student Scholarships

The Student Scholarship database is considered one the largest and most comprehensive sources for finding scholarships online and is free for students to use.

Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the U.S. host the summer research program.

National Wildlife Federation Student Fellowships

National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellowship grants will be awarded in a variety of areas to address a variety of conservation topics. Review the choices and select one for which you will be applying...

US College Scholarships and Grants for Students

US Scholarships And Grants provides essential Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources to students preparing for all types of careers. From the arts to aviation to education, we highlight the latest financial aid opportunities for students.Our database of public and private scholarships and grants is constantly updated. Everything you need for undergraduate and graduate school is at your fingertips. Find the most up-to-date and accurate information available at

Switzer Foundation

The goal of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program is to support highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate leadership in their field. Awards have been made to students pursuing environmental policy studies, economics, engineering, public health, and law as well as the more traditional sciences: biology, chemistry and physics. Technical knowledge, analytical skills and environmental experience are important components of a successful application, regardless of field of study.

Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program

Anheuser- Busch and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are seeking applications for the 2005 Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program. This competitive scholarship program supports and promotes innovative research or study that seeks to respond to today’s most pressing conservation issues. The Conservation Scholarship Program is designed to respond to many of the most significant challenges in fish, wildlife and plant conservation in the United States, whether it is the sustainable use of natural resources, including sportfish and game, recovery of an endangered species, or control of invasive exotic species, by providing scholarships to eligible graduate and undergraduate students who are poised to make a significant contribution to the field of conservation. $10,000 grants are available; recipients must be at least 21 years of age.

Pell Grants Eligibility

Comprehensive information on Pell Grants available from the US Department of Education via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We offer indepth information on pell grants eligibility & requirements, how to access your pell grant award funding, pell grant income requirements, pell grant calculator that tells you how to compute your expected family contributions (EFC), etc. We cover the topic on how to win scholarships & still be awarded with pell grants, how to fill the pell grant application form, common mistakes to avoid when filling the FAFSA, etc.

Student Financial Aid Search Engine

There are several free scholarship databases available online. With more than $1 billion in scholarships, FastWeb is the largest, most accurate, and most frequently updated scholarship database. If you supply an email address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - the federal memorial to our thirty-third President - awards merit-based $30,000 scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers. Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

The Rockefeller Foundation

The new aim of the Rockefeller Foundation is to improve poor people's lives and livelihoods through the application of knowledge, science, technology, research and analysis, said Professor Gordon Conway, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. The challenges are enormous much of the world continues to live in absolute poverty, trapped in hunger, disease, illiteracy and joblessness. To address these challenges we will employ a new type of philanthropy, one that is global in scope, collaborative and scientific in its approach.

The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946, at the end of World War II, to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Grants are made to citizens of participating countries, primarily for university teaching, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Four faculty members at JSC have received Fulbright Awards: Shaw, DiGiulio, Kanat, and Ottum; it's now time for one of our students to be the recipient of this award.

The National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART)

The National SMART Grant is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study to full-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who are majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or in a foreign language determined critical to national security. The student must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major. This grant is in addition to the student's Federal Pell Grant award.

The Rhodes Scholarship Trust

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose thirty-two Scholars each year from among those nominated by selection committees in each of the fifty states. In most years, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution that has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Fellowships for the coming academic year are awarded in support of doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. RFF’s primary research disciplines are economics and other social sciences.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering, including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards. Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.

Air and Waste Management Association

To ensure adequate human resources and to improve knowledge and skills in the fields of air and waste management, the A&WMA provides financial support to qualifying graduate students.

Student Financial Aid Assistance Program

The Student Financial Assistance Programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing over $40 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance. Here you'll find help for every stage of the financial aid process, whether you're in school or out of school.

Annie's Community Support

We nourish communities by providing healthy food, promoting sustainability and supporting organizations motivated by our same intrinsic purpose. We’re dedicated to supporting local communities through giving programs, including Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships, Cases for Causes, and Grants for Gardens.

The Library Spot Education Funding

Track down financial aid through one of the Library Spot's linked search engines.

US Department of Education

Complete your free application for federal student aid online.

Types of Federal Student Aid from the Department of Education

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources for college, career school, graduate school, and professional school.

Duck Tape Club

Scholarships provided to students for interesting uses of duck tape.

Fast Web

Access data of more than 600,000 scholarships! There are over 12,000,000 registered users of this site. This site does sell your information to credit card companies and music companies.

Scholarship Experts

A fee based service ($30 per year) that may help you find scholarships.

Wired Scholar

Search for schools and scholarships.


General and special scholarships resources are available on this page.

College Quest (by Petersons)

This site allows you to search for scholarships and other awards; one can also find colleges.

The College Board

Find scholarships and learn more about SAT exams.

Free scholarship search and financial aid resource. We believe in simplifying the scholarship search process and in helping students find scholarships to pay for college and grad school. We provide a time-saving, customized list of free scholarships that match your hobbies, interests and academic background. Get unlimited access to our scholarship database of 2.4 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need. Our scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.


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