Grants, Scholarships, Contests & Awards

The Brower Youth Awards application cycle is now OPEN

Earth Island Institute established The Brower Youth Award for Environmental Leadership in 2000 to honor renowned environmental advocate David Brower, who was quoted as saying “I love to see what young people can do, before someone old tells them it’s impossible.” It is with this spirit that we recognize the outstanding leadership efforts of young people who are working for the protection of our shared planet.

Youth environmental change leaders ages 13 to 22 (as of July 1, 2017) living in North America (including Mexico, Canada, some Caribbean Islands) and US “Territories” are encouraged to apply. Our application deadline for submission is May 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm PST.

Each of the six recipients of the Brower Youth Awards will receive a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about their work from an Emmy award winning film crew, and flight and lodging accommodations for a week long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.

During their stay in California, the recipients will participate in a camping trip, leadership activities, speaking and media engagements, and trainings and environmental conferences giving them a chance to meet with mentors and peers. We invest in their continued success by providing ongoing access to resources, mentors, and opportunities to develop leadership skills. The week of activities culminates in the awards ceremony in front of more than 900 guests in San Francisco on October 17, 2017.

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest

We invite middle and high school students from around the world to participate in the 2017 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest! This year’s theme is Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions.

It’s easy to become discouraged when you think about the challenges facing our ocean ecosystems. Ocean pollution, in particular, is an ever-increasing global concern that threatens marine life, our environment, the economy, and human health.

Yet there have been many inspiring conservation stories and ocean “wins” in the last year: cities implementing plastic bag bans; governments establishing new Marine Protected Areas; and the rise of citizens and businesses embracing zero-waste mentalities. Optimism is contagious, and sharing messages of hope around the world has never been easier than in this digitally connected age. Let’s ride the wave of #OceanOptimism, and think creatively about how our ocean-loving community – from K to gray – can turn the tide of global ocean pollution.

At Bow Seat, we recognize the power of our young ocean caretakers, and our goal is to inspire them to lead the way to finding innovative solutions to ocean pollution. We want you to #BeTheChange. You may choose to focus your work on one type of pollution, or the impact of ocean pollution as a whole. Whichever way you choose, we want your submission – visual art, poetry, prose, or film – to make viewers reflect on the impact of ocean pollution, inspire them to consider possible solutions, and challenge them to take action. Apply by June, 2017.


Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots want to support the work that you and your "young Jane Goodalls" are doing in your community. U.S. educators are invited to apply for a mini-grant to start, support, or celebrate their service campaigns. If you are working on a project to make the world a better place for people, animals, or the environment-- they want to help.

Tell them about your project to apply for a $200 mini-grant to purchase supplies, take a field trip, or host a celebration of service. This opportunity is open to groups (of all ages and sizes) in the United States. Click here to learn more and apply by the next deadline, April 7.


2017 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival’s Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship

The 2017 scholarship will be awarded to a North Central Washington graduating high school senior pursuing a college education in a natural resource field (biology, forestry, botany, fisheries, geology, ecology, environmental education, etc.). The Nancy Duree Memorial Scholarship was established by the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival in memory of Nancy Duree, an active partner in the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival since its inception, and a champion of natural resource education for both children and adults.

Applicants must attend a high school in one of the following Washington State counties to compete for the scholarship: Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Okanogan or Yakima. The successful candidate will be selected based upon their academic record, community commitment, essay, references and financial need.

Applications must be postmarked by April 15th, 2017, and may be downloaded from the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival website on the 2017 Nancy Duree Scholarship page.

“The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is dedicated to providing high quality natural resource education, promoting outdoor recreation, and sharing the cultural significance of the salmon to the people of the Northwest.”

For college, graduate or law school students

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government. The 10-week internship is funded by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.

Washington state teacher Scholarships for Endorsements

The Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program provides financial support to Washington State certified teachers who seek to expand their knowledge and skills by adding endorsements in subject or geographic shortage areas. This includes the Environment and Sustainability Endorsement.

This program is administered jointly by the Professional Educator Standards Board (responsible for selecting recipients) and the Washington Student Achievement Council (responsible for distributing awards). Funding for this program is dependent upon annual budget appropriations from the Washington State legislature. The state laws establishing this program include the RCWs on Retooling (28A.660.045) and Conditional Scholarship Programs (28A.660.050). Educators need to obtain administrative support and submit complete application materials to be considered for an award.

The Momentum for Change’s 2017 Lighthouse Activities

"If your project is selected as a winning activity, you will receive a wide range of benefits, including fully covered attendance to the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany; access to policy makers and potential funders during the conference; public recognition by the UN Climate Change secretariat; public relations support and media training; marketing materials, including promotional videos and podcasts; a dedicated page about your project on our website; and graphic assets such as infographics and professional photography."

How to apply/register:

"To start a new application, register in our online application portal (link is external). It will take at least an hour to complete an application but you can save your progress at any time and work on it at your convenience. Completed applications must be submitted by midnight GMT on 9 April 2017."


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

PAEMSTs are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Since 1983, more than 4,700 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.

This year's awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades 7-12. Nominations close on April 1, 2017.

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge 

The Environmental Innovation Challenge is an exciting extracurricular competition that gives students the opportunity to come up with innovative solutions to big environmental problems the world faces today. 

Why participate?

  • What does it take to bring a new idea to the world? You will find out.
  • Prototype funding is available for demonstration models.
  • Top-level professionals from the community will mentor you.
  • Work with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Prepare yourself for a career that will positively impact the environment.
  • Win prizes up to $15,000 or more.

Top Teams participate in the EIC on March 30, 2017 where they will pitch their ideas, demo their prototypes, and respond to judges' questions.

2016-2017 Dates and Deadlines
Prototype Funding Application | December 1 – 19, 5 p.m.
Teams will be notified if they have received funding by Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

EIC Team Registration | Jan 30 – Feb 20
Teams officially enter the EIC.

Official EIC Entry Deadline Screening Round | Monday Feb 20, 11:59pm
Submit a 5-7 page business summary for official entry into the EIC. 
Judges notify teams by Feb 27 if they have been selected to compete in the Challenge on March 30, 2017

Mentor Connect Office Hours: Feb 9 and Feb 16
Meet 1-on-1 with industry experts from technology, legal, marketing, and financial disciplines. Check back in January for office hour appointment times. 

Pitch Workshop for Top Teams | March 8, Wednesday, 5:30-8 p.m., Douglas Forum, 4th Floor Bank of America Executive Education Center
Attendance is mandatory for all teams in the Seattle area going to the finals on March 30.

1-Page Business Summary Due | Sunday, March 26, 11:59 p.m.
Summaries sent to every judge before the day of the Challenge so they can decide which demos to visit.

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge | Thursday, March 30, 2017
Teams set up prototypes/demos in the morning and pitch to a room full of judges early afternoon. 
Reception and awards follow.   

Awards & Scholarships in Agronomy, Crops, Soils, Environmental Science

Nominate deserving colleagues for awards, including Fellow, in research, education, industry, consulting, and extension. Initiate nominations by March 29 with reference letters and final submission by April 5. Students: Apply for ASA, CSSA, and SSSA scholarships, including Greenfield Scholars and Golden Opportunity Scholars, by April 5 with reference letters and final submission by April 12.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 4:00pm

International Young Eco-Hero awards

2017 International Young Eco-Hero award applications close February 28, 2017 - sponsored by Action For Nature. Open to youth, 8 to 16 years, for individual significant environmental accomplishments.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 12:00am