Scholarships (or merit-based assistance)

The Nicholas School makes every effort to assist students in their efforts to underwrite the cost of their graduate education. Merit-based financial assistance in the form of scholarships or assistantships is awarded to qualified students on the basis of demonstrated outstanding academic ability and a high degree of professional promise. Decisions regarding merit-based assistance are made on the basis of the completed application; no additional application is required.

All admissions decisions are made without regard to financial need or ability to pay. Scholarships and assistantships are granted from school funds. At no time does an assistantship include either a tuition waiver or living stipend.  Funds to support these merit awards are limited. As a result, all students must expect to have other financial resources. For many students, the federally subsidizedloan programs provide a large portion of the funds necessary to cover the cost of attendance.

In all instances, admission to the Nicholas School is required before a student can be considered for any type of financial assistance. If offered financial assistance, professional students normally will receive the award for two years of study; it is expected that they will complete their degree within this period of time.

However, the School reserves the right to examine the progress of each student to determine eligibility for continuation of awards beyond the first year. No student will receive financial aid while on probation unless an appeal is approved by the Admissions and Awards Committee. In no case may the amount of financial aid awarded to a student from all sources in a given year exceed the estimated annual costs of attending the Nicholas School.

Additional Outside Scholarships

Specific scholarship programs:
Air and Waste Management Association
American Association of University Women (must be female)
American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (includes GIS)
American Geological Institute, Minority Geoscience Student Scholarships
American Meteorological Society (for atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences)
American Water Works Association
Earth Island Institute, Brower Youth Award (must be between 13 and 22 years)
Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
Institute for Humane Studies
Leopold Schepp Foundation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Nancy Foster Fellowship
National Water Research Institute, Fellowship Program
Pinchot Institute for Conservation (for children of active/retired Forest Service employees)
Seaspace, Inc. Scholarship Program (for marine studies)
Ford Foundation Community Forestry Fellowships
Robert and Patricia Switzer Fellowship
National Garden Club Scholarships
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Garden Club of America Scholarships

Other Scholarship Sources
American Education Sources
Annie’s Environmental Scholarships
College Foundation of North Carolina
College Board
Council of Graduate Schools
Foundation Finder
Gates Millinium
Education Financial Aid
International Scholarships
Lunch Money
National Science Foundation
Scholarship America
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Department of Energy
World bank
Air & Waste Management Association: Scholarship Program
American Water Works Association
Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation
Society of American Foresters
The Garden Club of America
Africa-America Institute
American Association of University Women Career Development Grants
American Political Science Association
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships (National Security, Language and Culture)
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching
Krell Institute
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Fellowships and Research Appointments
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Graduate Study Fellowships
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
World Wildlife Foundation

Scholarships for Minority Students
American Geological Institute, Minority Geoscience Student Scholarships
Hispanic Scholarship Fund, College Scholarship Program
Sealaska Heritage Institute (Alaska natives)
American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship
American Indian Science and Engineering Society, A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
American Indian Science and Engineering Society, EPA Tribal Lands Environmental Science Scholarship
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, MALDEF Law School Scholarship
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
La Unidad Latina Foundation, Inc.
League of United Latin American Citizens National Scholarship Fund
Worldstudio Foundation Scholarships
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Scholarship Award
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Foundation
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation
Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association
American Water Works Association, Holly A. Cornell Scholarship
Mae Lasley Osage Scholarship
Catching the Dream Scholarship Program (must be 1/4 or more degree American Indian)
Association on American Indian Affairs, Sequoyah Graduate Fellowships
Hispanic College Fund
Korean American Scholarship Fund
National Academies for Minorities
United Negro College Fund
African American Institute
African American Scholarships
American Indian College Fund
American Indian Graduate Center
Ford Foundation: International Fellowships
Native American scholarships

Scholarships for International Students
In addition to resources you may find in your country, the following sites provide information on scholarships for international students.
American Association of University Women, International Fellowships
e8, Sustainable Energy Development Scholarship Program
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Worldstudio Foundation Scholarships 
Aga Khan Foundation, International Scholarship Programme
The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Awards for Scandinavians 
Finlandia Foundation, National Scholarships
The Norway-America Association, Professional Development Award
International Tropical Timber Organization, Freezailah Fellowship Fund
World Wildlife Fund, Russell E. Train Education for Nature Fund, Fellowship program
World Wildlife Fund, Education for Nature Scholarships
Organization of American States, Graduate Fellowships Program (self-placed scholarships)
African Wildlife Foundation, Charlotte Conservation Fellowship
Vietnam Education Foundation, Graduate Fellowship Program
World Bank Family Network, Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (for developing countries)
Inter-American Development Bank, Japan-IDB Scholarship Program (Northern Hemisphere Program; for Latin America and the Caribbean)
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
PEO International Scholarship Fund
Alberta Scholarship Programs
Organization of American States
Aga Khan Foundation