Private or Outside Scholarship Opportunities

The following is a list of scholarships available to environmental engineering students. These scholarships originate from a variety of sources and become available at different times throughout the year. Deadlines to apply vary with each scholarship. Applications can be obtained online through the sponsor organization unless otherwise indicated.


ACEC of Indiana Scholarships - The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Indiana awards scholarships to students entering their junior, senior, fifth, or graduate year, each fall.  To qualify, a student must be an Indiana resident attending an Indiana school, pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an engineering program.   Applicants must also have an interest in pursuing a career in the consulting engineering business.  ACEC Indiana defines “consulting engineers” as those who design roads and bridges, clean water and waste water systems, mechanical and electrical systems, redevelop brownfields and more.  The top ACEC Indiana scholarship candidate will be nominated to receive one of five top ACEC National Scholarships. Website link for ACEC Indiana scholarship program:  Deadline to apply is typically in early February.  Learn more about ACEC Indiana at

The Amelia Earhart Scholarship - Amelia Earhart, through her aviation firsts and association with Purdue, is one of the best known Purdue University role models. This scholarship is based on academic merit and leadership and is open to juniors and seniors enrolled in any school at the West Lafayette campus. Deadline to apply is mid-February. View application information on line here. You must also submit a one page typed essay along with the application.

American Public Power Association (APPA) – APPA awards scholarships each year as part of its DEED (Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments) Program. APPA is the service organization for the nation's community-owned, not for profit electric utilities. DEED offers four types of scholarships: Educational, Student Internship, Student Research Grant, and Technical Design Project.  DEED is APPA's program of research and development to encourage activities that promote energy innovation and efficiency. Deadline to apply is in February and/or October depending on the specific opportunity. To learn how to apply for these scholarships and/or obtain more information on all available opportunities, visit You may also call 202-467-2900.

American Public Works Association, Chicago Metropolitan Chapter - This chapter will award a third year level college student or any higher level at an accredited university whose major course of study encompasses the fields of Civil or Environmental Engineering, Public Works Administration, or other program within the public works field. Candidates must reside or be employed with the geographic boundaries of the APWA Chicago Metro Chapter. This area includes the entire counties of Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall and Will - all in Illinois. There are multiple awards totaling minimum amount of $3,000 are intended to be rewarded. Active members of the APWA Chicago Metro Chapter Scholarship Committee and their family members are not eligible to apply. The deadline is typically mid-October.  Visit for details.

APWA Scholarships, Northwest Branch - The American Public Works Association (APWA NW) sponsors a scholarship program for students pursuing a degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, or Public Works Management.  Students studying in these areas who plan to attend an accredited university during the fall and spring semester at the undergraduate or graduate level may apply.  Candidates must reside or be employed within the geographic boundaries of the APWA NW. This area includes the entire counties of Boone, Winnebago, Stevenson, Lee, Jo Daviess, Whiteside, Carroll and Ogle - all in Northwest Illinois.  The deadline is typically in early June.  Visit for details.

AWRA Scholarships - In 1980, AWRA established the Endowment-Memorial Fund to be used for the enhancement of education in water resources. The fund has since been renamed the Richard A. Herbert Memorial Educational Fund to honor Richard A. Herbert -- a champion for water resources education.  Each applicant must be a national AWRA member. At least one $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student working toward his/her first undergraduate degree and who is enrolled in a program related to water resources.  At least one $2,000 scholarship will also be awarded to a full-time graduate student enrolled in a program relating to water resources.  The undergraduate scholarship will be awarded to the student most qualified by academic performance. Measures of academic performance include the cumulative grade point average, relevance of the student's curriculum to water resources, and leadership in extracurricular activities related to water resources. Learn more about the application requirements at  Application deadline is typically mid-April.

AWWA Scholarships - AWWA and its members recognize the importance of investing in students as the future of the water industry.  Each academic year American Water Works Association (AWWA) will be offering multiple scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students.  Eligibility information and application forms for AWWA national, provincial and section scholarships can be found at  For more information contact  The deadline to apply is typically early January.

  BP Early Engagement Programs - Each year BP opens its doors to the new generation of high achievers. They offer a range of programs where university students can hear from the brightest minds in BP and learn from their experience as leaders in a multi-national company, participate in trading simulations, or even be awarded a scholarship toward studies.  Learn about BP's US Early Engagement Programs at Applications for these student programs generally are accepted through mid-March.

Brown and Caldwell Scholarships - Brown and Caldwell is committed to advancing the next generation of engineers, scientists, consultants and constructors.  If you are passionate about water, the environment and solving the complex challenges, then you are invited to check out scholarship opportunities.  Multiple scholarships exist.  Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in the junior or senior year or at the graduate level at an accredited college/university.  Application deadlines are typically late April.  Go to for details and to access applications.

Buick Achievers Scholarship - This scholarship, funded by the GM Foundation, has been expanded to include current undergraduate students, as well as high school seniors and graduates. It was developed to help students who are leaders in both the classroom and their communities, but who may not have the financial means to attend college. It also helps to identify college students in majors covered by the program including science, technology, engineering and design, along with other areas of expertise essential to strengthening our nation’s manufacturing workforce talent. Applications due late February.

CDM Smith Scholarship Program - CDM Smith has established a scholarship program to assist students pursuing an eligible STEM undergraduate engineering program at an eligible university.  Purdue University is among eligible institutions.  Applicants must be enrolled full time and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Access the application at  Application deadline is typically mid-October.

Cargill Global Scholars Program -  Current first and second year undergraduates enrolled at Purdue University who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, leadership potential and are studying in engineering, among other fields, are encouraged to apply.  In addition to an annual scholarship of $2500 for up to two years, the program provides leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events, and a 1-on-1 mentoring program.  Typically ten US scholarships are given.  To learn more, visit:  Typically, applications must be submitted in full in early March. Contact or call 1-844-803-9887 for any questions.

Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship of Purdue - The Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship provides a one-year fellowship to students with undergraduate degrees from Purdue for the furtherance of post-graduate research at Purdue University. Chappelle Fellows are selected on the basis of character, intellectual ability, and promise of degree attainment. The Chappelle Fellowship provides a stipend, Graduate School Fellow Scholarship, payment of most fees, and a medical insurance supplement.  To learn more about this Fellowship, go to

Endress+Hauser Sustaining Scholars Scholarship - Endress+Hauser, with its USA headquarters in Johnson County for 40 years, has begun a series of initiatives that support students in STEM studies and STEM-related careers.  This scholarship is one of those initiatives and is targeted to assist those already pursuing the STEM-related degrees that companies connected to Process Manufacturing are in such need of.  Purdue students from Johnson County and southern Marion County, Indiana are eligible. The application and selection process are managed by the Johnson County Community Foundation.  Students may learn more and apply online at for the "Sustaining Scholars" scholarship.  Applications are typically due in mid-February.

Environmental Engineers of the Future (E2F) - Take advantage of a great opportunity for students in environmental engineering. Designed to encourage students to obtain a Master's Degree, and to increase the number of talented professionals with advanced degrees practicing in the United States, this program offers funding for students attending one of many outstanding Environmental Engineering programs across the nation, in return for a two-year employment commitment. For more info Environmental Engineers of the Future. Student application.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) - EREF is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships. Applications will be considered from those who: will be this year or are now a full-time master's or doctoral student, and have a clearly demonstrated interest in solid waste management research. EREF defines solid waste management to pertain to municipal solid waste, construction & demolition waste, industrial waste (e.g. coal ash), WTE ash, etc. Note: this definition does not include agricultural wastes or wastewater treatment plant sludge.  To view a list of information/materials required for the application and direct link to the application itself, go to  The application deadline is typically early May. 

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship - ExxonMobil Corporation has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowship opportunities in the STEM fields for Hispanic college students. Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated students with a passion for Engineering and Science. The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to ExxonMobil and career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.  This opportunity is highly competitive and open to freshman, sophomores, and juniors, attending a 4-year college or university.  Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the US. See details at If you have questions please contact

Grand Prix Scholarship - The Grand Prix Foundation works to uphold the motto of "Students Helping Students" by awarding $10,000 in scholarships every year.  Applicants must be a full-time student at West Lafayette campus. Selection is based upon service to students through campus involvement, academic achievement, and need. Applicants may be called for an in-person interview. The Purdue Grand Prix has been a tradition of Purdue University since 1958. The primary purpose of the Grand Prix race each April is to raise funds for its annual scholarships that are given to students. The foundation is a university sponsored student organization that is run by students for students.  Applications are typically due early February.  Applications can be found at For more information, please contact

INAEP Scholarships - The Indiana Association of Environmental Professionals (INAEP) sponsors a scholarship program intended to promote and support the training of new environmental professionals in the State of Indiana.  The INAEP typically awards two $2,000 scholarships.  Undergraduate and master's students are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be currently enrolled at an Indiana college or university as a full-time student at the sophomore or higher level.  Applicants should also be pursuing a degree in an environmental-related field; possess a 2.9GPA or higher; and plan to reside and work in Indiana following graduation.   Scholarship application forms and submittal guidelines are available on the INAEP’s website at  Applications are typically due in mid-March.

HENAAC Scholars Programs -  The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Scholars Program addresses the immense need to produce more domestic engineers and scientists for the U.S. to remain globally competitive in the STEM marketplace. Three types of scholarships are offered: Corporate/Government Sponsored Scholarships, Special Recognition Scholarships, and In Memoriam and Personal Tribute Scholarships.  To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must be full time college students active in the Hispanic community majoring in science, technology, engineering and math with an overall grade point average of at least a 3.0.  Learn more at  Applications are typically due in April.

INAFSM Greg Main Memorial Scholarship Fund - The Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (INAFSM) will grant a $1,500 scholarship to a full-time college junior or senior currently enrolled in an undergraduate program related to floodplain/stormwater management, or a student enrolled in a graduate program in a field related to floodplain/stormwater management.  Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited university in the state of Indiana and be a US citizen. Application forms may be found at  Selection preference will be given to those applicants who demonstrate a history of civic or volunteer service, as well as a financial need (i.e. full-time students responsible for their own tuition), in addition to meeting the basic qualifications. In order to be considered, the Scholarship Review Committee must receive the Scholarship Application Form, essay, and a separate reference letter.  Deadline is typically early April. 

INDOT Scholarship - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is offering scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s ABET certified engineering schools, have completed at least one year of college level education, and possess a 2.8GPA or higher.  Scholarship funds can be applied to educational expenses, fees and books. In return, recipients will work for INDOT in full-time, paid positions during their summer breaks and upon graduation.  Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program and the application process at  Applications are typically due late December.  Those with questions may contact Talent Development Specialist K.D. Thurman at or 317-234-8551.

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) - The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics workforce. IBP designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first-generation college students, and students from underserved communities. IBP coordinates, a searchable database of STEM programs for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and postdoc positions.

ISPE Scholarship - The Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE), recognizing that an engineering education is the foundation upon which the engineering profession is constructed and also recognizing the need for encouragement and financial aid, has established a scholarship program to aid resident students of Indiana who have proven a genuine interest in an engineering career.  Applicants must be a resident of the State of Indiana and have completed at least one-half of the credit hours required for an ABET accredited undergraduate engineering degree. Completed applications must be returned in early May. For more information, see

McGaughey Leadership Awards - These awards are made possible by an endowment from the late Charles O. McGaughey, a 1939 graduate of Purdue University, and intended to honor Purdue undergraduates who show leadership abilities and “appreciation for basic American values.”  Eligibility requirements are that students are from the West Lafayette campus, completed at least two years of undergraduate studies as a full-fee (full-time) student, have 3.0GPA, have demonstrated an appreciation of the values of liberty and the democratic form of government, the importance of respect for others and for the diversity of the United States of America, in addition to other behavioral characteristics.  The application can be found on the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative page.  Deadline is typically in February.

NatureNet Science Fellows Program - The Nature Conservancy has established the NatureNet Science Fellows Program in partnership with a rotating set of the world’s leading universities to create a reservoir of new interdisciplinary science talent that will carry out the new work of conservation. The NatureNet Science Fellows and Research Grant program aims to bridge academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change, and to create a new generation of conservation leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application.  Ideal candidates for NatureNet Science Fellowships and Research Grants are outstanding early-career scientists and engineers who seek to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts toward problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people.  See the NatureNet Science Fellows Program FAQ for more information.

NHA Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship - The National Hydropower Association (NHA) created the Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship to encourage students to consider becoming part of the U.S. hydropower industry. The $2,500 scholarship goes to promising young students who demonstrate the academic skills and commitment to help create the next generation of leaders in the hydropower industry.  Eligibility requirements: must be current college sophomore or junior who will be college junior or senior beginning the following fall, or graduate student, with a minimum cumulative 3.0GPA who are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited four-year university, and all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents.  Applicant must be pursuing a program of study that is related to the hydropower industry: Engineering, sciences (biology, fisheries, and hydrology), communications, or environmental studies.  Application and more info can be found online at  Deadline is generally mid-February.

National and International Scholarships Office (NISO) coordinated scholarships - NISO is available to serve all Purdue students. They assist students and alumni who have excellent academic records in their scholarly development to apply for any of the 13 highly selective national and international awards that require a nomination by Purdue. To explore the major scholarships and fellowships NISO coordinates, visit the NISO website at, go to HCRS 1056 or call 496-3389 to schedule an appointment.  In particular, EEE students may be interested in the Udall Scholarship, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, or Fulbright US Student Program. Other STEM relevant scholarships are the Astronaut Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship, and Goldwater Scholarship.

PESC Fall Industrial Scholarship -  This scholarship is open to all engineering undergraduates of Purdue University and awards generally range between $500 to $1000. Students receiving a scholarship also get the chance to network with companies who donated to the program at the IR Scholarship Banquet in September.  Students apply for the Industrial Scholarship during the semester prior to the applicable career fair. Applications can be found on  Send any questions to

PESC EXPO Industrial Scholarship -  This scholarship is open to all engineering undergraduates of Purdue University and awards generally range between $500 to $2000.  Applications can be found on are generally due mid-December each year. Send any questions to

Purdue Class of 1937 Scholarship - Scholarships provided from funds donated by members of the Purdue Class of 1937 in support of current students.  Criteria for determining recipients of this scholarship include leadership, character, scholarship, and financial need.  Eligible applicants must be a domestic student as defined by the University, and plan to be enrolled at the Purdue - West Lafayette campus for the next academic year as a sophomore, junior, or senior, and plan to register for 12 or more credits.  Applicants should also have a 2.0 or higher GPA, be in good academic and social standing with the University, and describe financial need for the scholarship, although this does not mean an applicant must qualify for financial assistance through Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid to be considered.  The application can be found on the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative page.  Applications and recommendation letters generally due in February.

Purdue Mortar Board Fellowship - Mortar Board annually awards graduate fellowships to encourage Purdue students of high character and ability to pursue an advanced degree in graduate or professional studies.  Through the awarding of these fellowships, Mortar Board seeks to benefit and recognize students who show potential leadership in their chosen field and in their community.  Mortar Board will award no more than ten fellowships, each in the amount of at least $2,500. In the 2016-2017 academic year, applicants must receive a baccalaureate degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette campus in August or December 2016 or May 2017 and plan to pursue an advanced degree in graduate or professional studies in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.  A minimum graduate index of 3.2 is required.  Students entering any field at any institution are eligible.  In promoting the ideals of Mortar Board, selection of fellowship recipients is based on scholastic record, character, service to campus and community, and stated professional goals.  Financial need is considered, but is not the determining factor.  Completed applications must be turned in no later than 5 p.m., Friday, February 28th, on BoilerLink or to Schleman Hall, Room 250.  Begin the application by clicking this link:  For information or questions, please email

Purdue Summer Finish Scholarship - Summer Finish is a scholarship initiative intended to help Purdue undergraduate students finish their degree through summer coursework. This scholarship will give recipients up to $1,000 toward their tuition and fees for summer courses. Summer Finish students are able to achieve their college and career goals faster by taking the courses they need to complete their degree during the summer session rather than the following fall term.  Generally, eligible students are those following a plan of study that allows them to complete a Purdue West Lafayette undergraduate degree during summer. The scholarship committee will give preference to applicants who are completing their first degree within four or six years. The committee will not consider students whose summer plan includes courses that are not required for graduation (e.g., if you can finish during May but would like to take a summer elective).  If you are awarded the scholarship but then become unable to complete your graduation requirements by the end of summer (e.g. you fail a course during the spring semester that is not offered during summer session and you have to retake it in fall), the Summer Finish Scholarship will be retracted. Learn how to apply at

Purdue Summer Internship Plus Scholarship - Summer Internship Plus is a scholarship initiative intended to help Purdue undergraduate students completing an off-campus internship over the summer. This scholarship will provide up to $1,000 in tuition and fees if enrolled in 6 to 9 credits during summer session. Credits received for an internship experience count towards the credit hour requirement.  If you are selected to receive the Summer Internship Plus Scholarship, you will be awarded up to $1,000 to help cover the costs of your tuition and fees during summer.  Eligibility requirements include: undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.00 or higher who will be completing an off-campus internship and taking a total of 6 to 9 credit hours - online or on-campus. Learn more at

Purdue Summer Stay Scholars - If you are selected for Summer Stay Scholars, you will receive up to $2,500 to pay your estimated summer cost of attendance not already covered by other gift aid. A $2,500 scholarship would cover full tuition and fees for a resident student and offer a sizeable decrease in the total cost for non-resident or international students. You'll not only receive financial assistance, but the research or internship experience will greatly enhance your coursework as well as give you a head start on your career. Also, there are several housing/dining scholarships available for which all applicants will be automatically considered.  You'll not only receive the financial assistance, but the research or internship experience will give you a great head start on your career.  Learn more at To qualify for Summer Stay Scholars, you must have:

  • Attended your first semester at a Purdue University campus in spring semester of this academic year or earlier
  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Complete 9+ credit hours during summer session
  • Undergraduate student status

SAME Scholarship, Kentuckiana Post - The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) brings together professional engineers and those in engineering related fields to improve and increase the engineering capabilities of the nation.  SAME fosters an environment to exchange and advance the knowledge of engineering technologies, applications, and practices.  The Kentuckiana Post awards multiples scholarships to students who exemplify the qualities and accomplishments of a promising engineering career.  Students do not need to be military dependents, nor is military interest/participation required.  Students meeting the criteria (listed within the application) are encouraged to apply.  Applications can also be found at the Kentuckiana Post SAME web site  Due date is typically in early March.

Shell Scholarships – The Shell scholarship program offers two types of scholarships for those majoring in Engineering or Geosciences: the Shell Technical Scholarship and the Shell Incentive Fund. The Shell Technical Scholarship is for full-time students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in a specific technical major.  The Shell Incentive Fund is for full-time students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in a specific technical major and who belong to particular under-represented minority groups.  For additional details about the application process and requirements for each scholarship, visit  The application deadline is normally in mid-February.

SWANA Illinois, Land of Lincoln Chapter Scholarship Criteria for this scholarship includes: Majoring in environmental engineering, or related studies at an accredited college, and be an Illinois resident or graduate of an Illinois high school. Deadline to apply is typically early April.

SWCS Scholarship; Hoosier Chapter - The Hoosier Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society provides one $1000 scholarship intended to encourage qualified students to increase their interest in conservation, to obtain  technical competence in some area of conservation, and to pursue a career in this area of endeavor.  An applicant for the scholarship must (a) have successfully completed at least two years of study in an Indiana accredited college,  (b) have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on 4.0 scale), (c) be an undergraduate enrolled in an agricultural or natural resource conservation related curriculum, and (d) be working toward his/her first B.S. degree.  Other courses of study related to conservation may also qualify.  Contact to request an application.  Deadline to apply is typically in October.

Water Environment Federation (WEF) programs - The Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization dedicated to the protection of public health and the environment that offers scholarship and award opportunities directed to graduate students and young professionals. WEF Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship - This scholarship provides $25,000 for a post-baccalaureate student in the water environment field. The scholarship is for education related expenses such as room and board, tuition and books. Learn more about the application requirements and criteria. Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award - This award is presented to a young professional for significant contributions to the Water Environment Federation and to the wastewater collection and treatment industry. Learn more about the nomination process.  The application deadlines for these programs are generally early springtime.

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship - The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need Indiana middle and high schools.  This fellowship program offers a $30,000 stipend; Master's degree from an excellent teacher education program at Purdue University, University of Indianapolis, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ball State University, or Valparaiso University; Three years of ongoing mentoring as the candidate transitions to teaching; Lifelong membership in the prestigious national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders.  Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields.  More details about the program are available at The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships and Purdue’s program, STEM Goes Rural for teacher licensure in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.  The deadline for applying is typically late January. 

WWEMA/W&WD Scholarship - Every year, Water & Wastes Digest supports future water and wastewater professionals through the WWEMA/W&WD Scholarship, by awarding $1,000 to a student seeking a career in a water- or wastewater-related field.  To qualify, students must have a parent employed by a WWEMA-member company and must be accepted into a four-year bachelor’s program in an acceptable field of study by an accredited institution of higher learning. Examples of acceptable fields of study include biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, environmental engineering, environmental sciences and/or natural resources planning.  Learn more online.  Applications can be obtained by e-mail at and are typically due in October.