Coca-Cola Advancement in Teaching in the Environment Scholarship (CATES)

With support through a generous endowment grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc.

The Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) Program, within the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, provides innovative continuing education for knowledgeable leaders for a sustainable future. With support through a generous endowment grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Advancement in Teaching in the Environment Scholarship (CATES) provides funding for traditional and non-traditional educators to enroll in one of the DEL programs continuing education programs – distance learning master of environmental management (MEM) degree or executive education short courses.

By supporting educators, classroom teachers, and the like, to enroll in executive education short courses or the DEL-MEM program, these professionals can directly apply what they are learning in the classroom to the K-12 audience and community. These educators will enhance, develop, and create environmental communications, provide current information and programming to their audience, develop relevant curriculum, and expose their students and community to environmental management topics that are interdisciplinary and encourage the development of strategic partnerships on both a local and global scale.

The DEL Program uses innovative approaches to teaching and learning in both online and place-based settings. Curricula in environmental management and leadership topics are interdisciplinary and encourage the development of strategic partnerships on both a local and global scale. One of the strongest partnerships available through the DEL Program is with the Nicholas School of the Environment and access to its faculty of world-class researchers, educators and resources. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • The CATES Scholars program is open to educators, classroom teachers, public and community outreach educators, museum outreach educators, and others with similar professional objectives, with a preference give to those that focus on a K-12 audience. The review committee will determine whether the applicant’s employment meets the criteria of the Scholars. (Applicants wishing to apply the scholarship to the DEL-MEM program must be educators in the environmental field, with a minimum of five years professional environmental experience).
  • Applicants must be currently employed as an educator or teacher, or similar.
  • Funding availability and eligibility are subject to change and are not guaranteed to be available/issued each year.
  • Scholarships will only fund partial tuition and fees if they are applicable (see below).  All students will be responsible for covering the balance of tuition and fees.  Executive Education CATES awards fall in the range of $100-$500 per award. DEL-MEM CATES awards average $6,000 per award.
  • Scholarship awards will be applied directly to the applicant’s course registration or University Bursar account. Funds will not be disbursed directly to the applicant. If funds are awarded for any travel and/or lodging expenses, DEL staff will directly pay the provider of these services (only applicable to Executive Education short courses).

OPPORTUNITIES

Scholarships are available for both DEL executive education short courses and the DEL master of environmental management (DEL-MEM) distance learning degree.  Please review the following program-specific requirements, either Executive Education Short Courses or DEL-MEM Degree, depending on the program of interest.

Executive Education Short Courses:

Applicants can register for a course before or after submitting the scholarship application. Applications are due no later than 7 business days prior to the course start date.

A separate application is required for each course the applicant would like to be considered for scholarship funding.

Applicants (and/or their employers or sponsors) are responsible for up to 50% of the cost of the executive education short course. Scholarship funding cannot be awarded until the required applicant and/or employer financial contribution is received by the DEL Program. For place-based courses, applicants can apply for funding to cover, in part, travel and related expenses. Scholarship winners are required to incorporate or address environmental education or teaching as part of the program’s required coursework.

DEL-MEM Degree:

Applicants wishing to be considered for CATES must also apply and be accepted to the DEL-MEM program to be considered for the scholarship. Applications are due February 1, along with the application for admission to the DEL-MEM program.

Applicants wishing to apply the scholarship to the DEL-MEM program, must be educators in the environmental field (or in a profession as defined above in Eligibility), with a minimum of five years professional environmental experience.

Scholarship winners are required to incorporate or address environmental education or teaching as part of the program’s required master’s project. More information on master’s projects can be found at http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/del/delmem/

Scholarship awards are not eligible for travel, lodging, and related expenses associated with the DEL-MEM program.

While scholarship amounts will vary, CATES awards for DEL-MEM tuition is only a partial source of funding.  Individuals will remain responsible for the balance of the tuition and fees in their University Bursar account. Individuals are only eligible for a one-time CATES award.

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.

No student will receive scholarship funding while on academic probation.

Applicant must remain employed in environmental education or teaching profession while enrolled in the DEL-MEM program to receive award, or will forfeit the scholarship award. 

BASIS OF SELECTION

Basic Requirements

  • Employment in the education or teaching field, with a preference given to those in the environmental education or teaching field.
  • Recommendation letter from employer or sponsor.
  • Completed application 

Applicant Review Criteria for those seeking funds for Executive Education Short Course

  • Demonstrated need for the content of the executive education course to enhance/complete a specific project or campaign related to environmental education
  • Financial need for participation in the executive education course of interest
  • Ability for the scholarship recipient to reach a diverse audience and/or meet the needs of underserved populations as a result of this training.

Applicant Review Criteria for those seeking funds for DEL-MEM Degree Program

  • Demonstrated leadership in the field of environmental education and/or teaching
  • Sustained performance in the field of environmental education and/or teaching
  • Professional experience and impact in the field of environmental education and/or teaching
  • Expression of how applicant will consider environmental education and/or teaching as part of the required master’s project

APPLICATION

Application form available at: http://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/delnewsletter/cates-form/ 

CONTACT

Please direct questions to:

Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) Program

Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

919.613.8082

del@nicholas.duke.edu

www.nicholas.duke.edu/del

Mailing Address:

Duke University, Box 90328

Durham, NC 27708-0328

Physical Address:

North Building

304 Research Drive

Suite 324

Durham, NC 27708-0328

 

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