Scholarship Opportunities for UVM Students

The following are a few scholarship opportunities for ENVS and UVM students:

1. Gilman Scholarship– for study abroad

2. Udall Scholarship-for sophomores and juniors

3. Truman Scholarship– for juniors

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs, and a limited number of Critical Need Language Scholarships are given each year for a total award of $8,000. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Southern Regional Center in Houston, Texas.

Applications for Fall 2014 study abroad scholarships are due March 1, 2014. In order to be eligible to become a Gilman Scholar:

-Applicants must be a U.S. citizen undergraduate student.
-Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad.
-Applicants must be applying to a study abroad program eligible for credit at UVM.
-Applicants must be studying abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in one country.
-Study abroad program can take place in any country that is not on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warning List or Cuba.

For more information contact Fellowships Director Brit Chase at 802-656-4658 or

The Udall Scholarship is for sophomores and juniors who are committed leaders and who are dedicated to pursuing a career related to the environment or conservation. The Udall Scholarship exists to support the next generation of environmental policy experts, engineers, scientists, and activists.

The Udall Foundation was founded in 1992 to honor the legacy of former Congressman Morris Udall. Mo Udall is considered by some to be one of the most productive legislators of the 20th century; after winning a special election for Arizona’s 7th House seat in 1961 (he replaced his brother, Stewart, who was named President Kennedy’s Interior Secretary), he went on to serve in Congress for 30 years, where he wrote, fought for and passed landmark conservation legislation (Including the Alaska Lands Act and the Arizona Wilderness Act). As a Congressman, Udall was extremely adept at building a political coalition to support legislation in the areas that mattered most to him, and those areas were the environment and Native American policy. When he retired from Congress in 1991 he was considered to be perhaps the most important environmental political leader of his time.

In the spirit of honoring Udall’s legacy, the Udall Scholarship seeks to find and support the next generation of environmental leaders. Unlike Udall, these future change makers do not have to come from the political arena. The Udall Foundation seeks leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.

In 2014, 50 Udall Scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 will be awarded to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Udall Scholarship Competition Timeline:

Campus deadline: January 31, 2014
Campus Committee interviews/nominations: February 4-8
Nominations Announced: February 8
Application Revision: February 8-February 28, 2014
National Deadline: March 5, 2014
Scholars Announced: April 1, 2014

For more information, contact: Fellowships Director Brit Chase (, 802-656-4658)

The Truman Scholarship exists to support the next generation of public servants and public policy experts. It is awarded to juniors who are dedicated change makers who have records of leadership and public service, are in the top quarter of their class and have a demonstrated interest in a career in government, non-profit or related public service at the federal, state, or local level. A Truman Scholarship is one of the most lucrative graduate awards available, and will provide up to $30,000 during graduate school. US citizenship or permanent resident status required. Interested students will begin the Truman application process during the fall of their junior year. UVM can nominate up to four students to participate in the Truman competition. Campus deadline: November 21, 2013.

Up to 65 Truman Scholarships are awarded nationally each year to juniors who are planning to pursue a career in the public service sector including (but not limited to) the government, non-profit organizations, public policy think tanks, education, and public health agencies. If awarded a Truman Scholarship, a student will receive a $30,000 scholarship for graduate school. In exchange for that scholarship, the student commits to working in the public sector for at least three years.

The Truman is a nationally competitive scholarship. In addition to the money, the award will open doors to incredible academic opportunities down the line including other fellowships, scholarships, graduate school acceptance, and job opportunities.

The University of Vermont can nominate up to four students for a Truman Scholarship each year.

Competition Timeline:

Campus deadline: November 21, 2013
Campus Committee interviews/nominations: Early December, 2012
Nominations Announced: Mid-December, 2013
Application revision: December-January 31, 2014
Final Deadline: February 4, 2014
Finalists Announced: Early March
Scholars Announced: March 31, 2014

For more information, contact: Fellowships Director Brit Chase (, 802-656-4658)

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