2018 West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association Scholarship Application
West Michigan Air & Waste Management Association Environmental Scholarship: Eligibility and Application Instructions

You will be able to edit your response after submittal until the application deadline.

PURPOSE:

To provide financial support to students interested in pursuing a career in air pollution control, waste management or other environmental management fields in the West Michigan area.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

l. Geographic area. Applicants must be attending either:

A. An accredited college or university in Michigan; or

B. For WM-AWMA chapter members (or children of a member), an accredited college or university located outside of Michigan.

2. Academic level and major

A. At the start of the term for which the scholarship is sought, the applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student and pursuing a course of study leading to a career in air pollution control, waste management, or other environmental management field. Preferred courses of study include environmental engineering, physical or natural sciences, and natural resources. Questions regarding the eligibility of a major, curriculum, or course of study may be referred to the Scholarship Chairperson, Brian Rice, at brice@fveng.com.

B. The applicant must be currently in or entering into a Junior or Senior undergraduate class standing and must have declared a major, or must be currently in or entering into graduate school pursuing a qualifying graduate degree.

CONDITIONS:

This is a one-time scholarship of up to $2,500.00 per student. WM-AWMA expects to complete its application review and notify successful applicants by approximately mid-December, 2018. Checks for scholarship proceeds will be made payable jointly to the scholarship recipient and the respective university or college, and may be used only for tuition, books, laboratory fees, or other academic purposes.

An unsuccessful applicant may resubmit an application for a subsequent year. A successful applicant may resubmit an application for another year, if WM-AWMA elects to continue the scholarship.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Applications will be completed online and will include:
1. An essay (500-600 words) describing the applicant’s career goals and how those goals will promote a better understanding and awareness of the challenges that exist in air pollution control, waste processing and control, and environmental management programs among representatives of industry, government agencies, research personnel, educators, attorneys, and consultants within West Michigan.

2. Identify the student’s activities that support the Air & Waste Management Association goals (for example, participation in a student chapter of AWMA). A statement of WM-AWMA’s goals and objectives is included in the Mission Statement posted on the chapter website.

3. The name and phone number of a professor, academic advisor or department chair who has agreed to provide a recommendation for the applicant, and who can confirm the applicant’s course of study and academic status. A recommendation need not be submitted with the application but may be requested by the Scholarship Committee.

4. A resume showing all full-and part-time employment since high school graduation and while in college, semesters with dates of attendance, and extra-curricular activities listed in chronological order.

5. Statement of major, GPA, year in school or graduate school, and un-official transcript is required.
All applications must be submitted online at or before 12:00 midnight on Sunday, November 25, 2018.
SELECTION:

Applications will be evaluated by a panel representing the membership of WM-AWMA. If in the opinion of the panel, suitable applications are not received, no scholarships will be awarded. In all cases, the decision of the panel will be final.
Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria, listed in order of importance:

1. Quality of their essay, which should include their desired future & role in a field related to the WM-AWMA, interests, and significant life achievements.
2. Scholastic achievement, ie. GPA, and courses.
3. Student Activities both extracurricular activities and work actives.

PHOTO AND STATEMENT:

Scholarship recipients may be asked to furnish a photograph and a statement for publication.

FUNDING:

Scholarship funding is provided from the funds of WM-AWMA which are derived from membership fees, member contributions, corporate sponsorship's, and event revenues.

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Last Name: *
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University/College: *
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If "Other" University / College, let us know which one:
Applicants must be attending an accredited college or university in Michigan. If applicant is a WMAWMA chapter members or a child of a member, the applicant may also be attending an accredited college or university located outside of Michigan.
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Degree or Major: *
Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student pursing a course of study leading to a career in air pollution control, waste management, or other environmental management field. Preferred courses of study include environmental engineering, physical or natural sciences, and natural resources. Questions regarding the eligibility of a major, curriculum, or course of study may be referred to the Scholarship Chairperson.
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Year in School (as of January 1 next year) *
The applicant must be currently in or entering into a Junior or Senior undergraduate class standing and must have declared a major, or must be currently in or entering into graduate school pursuing a qualifying graduate degree.
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Current Cumulative GPA: *
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If GPA based on something other than a 4.0 scale, let us know what the scale is that you are using:
A successful applicant will generally have at least a "B" grade point average, (i.e., 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale).
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Are you a full-time student as of January next year?
Describe relevant student activities that support Air & Waste Management goals.
The selection committee is particularly interested to know if you have participated in an Air & Waste Management Student Chapter or if you have attended one of our events. Identify the student's activities that support the Air & Waste Management Association goals (for example, participation in a student chapter of AWMA). A statement of WM-AWMA’s goals and objectives is included in the Mission Statement posted on the chapter website.
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Provide the name and phone number of a professor, academic adviser or department chairperson who has agreed to provide a recommendation for the applicant, and who can confirm the applicant’s course of study and academic status. *
The name and phone number of a professor, academic advisor or department chair who has agreed to provide a recommendation for the applicant, and who can confirm the applicant's course of study and academic status. A recommendation need not be submitted with the application but may be requested by the Scholarship Committee.
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Provide an essay. This will be of primary importance to the scholarship panel (limit your response to 500-600 words) *
Describe your career goals and how those goals will promote a better understanding and awareness of the challenges that exist in air pollution control, waste processing and control, and environmental management programs among representatives of industry, government agencies, research personnel, educators, attorneys, and consultants within West Michigan. The essay will be of primary interest to the Scholarship Committee. In reviewing your essay, the selection committee will consider how your goals, interests and objectives overlap with those of the West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association. Our purpose is to promote a better understanding of the problems of air pollution control and waste management and related environmental concerns among government agencies, research personnel, educators, representatives of industry and the general public within the geographic area of the Chapter, and to work toward resolution of these problems.
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Did you email your resume and transcript to WMAWMAscholarships@gmail.com? *
We will not be able to consider your application until we have a copy of your resume and transcript ("official transcript" is not required). Your resume should show all full-and part-time employment since high school graduation and while in college, semesters with dates of attendance, and extra-curricular activities listed in chronological order.
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