3/12/15
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April 15 Deadline Set for Environmental Education Scholarship Applications

Ohio EPA invites scholarship applications by April 15, 2015, from students in environmental science, environmental engineering and related majors at Ohio colleges and universities. Up to $2,500 is available for students entering their final year in four- and five-year programs.

Up to $1,250 is available to second year students in two-year degree programs. Students in related majors such as biology, botany, chemistry, chemical and civil engineering, environmental health and safety, forestry, geology, laboratory sciences, natural resource conservation, wildlife management and zoology also are eligible to apply. 

Since the program was initiated in 1990, $736,200 has been awarded for 301 scholarships at 48 Ohio colleges and universities. The scholarship program is administered by the Ohio Academy of Science. It is designed to motivate students to enter environmental fields of science and engineering and reward outstanding undergraduate students based on merit, enhancing their employability in environmental fields. 

Students are selected to receive a scholarship based on several criteria. These include an academic record with an overall grade point average of at least a 3.0, a major in an environmental science or environmental engineering program, an activity in nonathletic extracurricular activities and organizations and an ability to communicate effectively. Students need to obtain recommendations from education and environmental professionals and present original research, scholarship, employment, volunteering or other unique contributions they have accomplished in environmental science or environmental engineering. 

Additional information is available at www.ohiosci.org/scholarships. Ohio EPA also offers paid internships for college students, visit www.facebook.com/OhioEPAInterns for updates.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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