Scholarships and Awards for Environmental Conservation Undergraduates
The Department of Environmental Conservation and the College of Natural Sciences offer a variety of scholarships and awards to recognize the hard work and academic success of our students, assist students with the expense of their education, and support student research and internships. The majority of these scholarships and awards are funded through the generosity of alumni and other members of the CNS community. We encourage all current Environmental Conservation students to apply.
How to apply
The university has implemented AcademicWorks, an online application system for scholarships offered at UMass Amherst. Simply enroll in AcademicWorks, fill out both the UMass general application and the CNS application. The system will automatically submit your application to the scholarships and awards for which you are fully eligible and will inform you of other scholarships for which you would need to supply additional materials to apply.
Go to the AcademicWorks webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.
- Complete both the general application and the CNS application. The system will show if you are eligible for scholarships that require additional application materials.
- Click on each scholarship link and upload any required supplementary materials (such as resumes or faculty recommendations).
- Submit your application and check your dashboard to see the status of any pending and submitted applications.
Email if you have any questions.
Below is a list of other possible scholarship sources.
The Natural History Collections, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Klingener and Bemis Endowments.
Amount: From $300 – $4000
Eligibility: Graduate and Undergraduate students conducting collections-based research under the mentorship of a UMass faculty member or a faculty member associated with a Life Sciences graduate program (i.e., OEB, PB, NSB, or MCB).
Restrictions: Individuals are eligible to receive this award no more than twice during their career as a student.
Description: The Natural History Collections at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst awards these scholarships to promote collections-based research. The scholarships are intended to provide supplemental summer support for collections-based research conducted in fields of botany, entomology, paleontology and vertebrate biology. The budget may include costs associated with research and/or living expenses. Applications will be judged on their scientific quality and the relevance of the research to the University’s collections. Recipients are traditionally graduate students but undergraduates are encouraged to apply. All recipients must submit a brief final report by October 1 of the award year.
Project Students should submit a one to two page project description that includes a proposal budget and a brief description of the place of the project in the student’s academic program (i.e. graduate thesis research, undergraduate independent study or honors project). Applications must include the student’s complete contact information. Students should also arrange for a brief letter of support from their faculty advisor to be sent to the NHC Office. The letter should outline how the student’s research would be enhanced by the scholarship and verify that funds requested in the budget are not available from existing extramural sources (student’s or advisor’s).
Deadline: March 1 via e-mail (preferable) or campus/regular mail
Forestry, Urban Forestry, Arboriculture:
Mass. Arborist Association Scholarships
The MAA awards two types of scholarships:
(1) The first, the student must be a high school student accepted into the Arboriculture & Community Forestry program at the UMass / Stockbridge School. Due date March.
(2) The second is called the MAA Outstanding Arboriculture Student of the Year, this is awarded to a Stockbridge Arbor & Community Forestry student or a student majoring in Urban Forestry at UMass. Due date February 1.
Students with an interest in Commercial Arboriculture are encouraged to apply.
For additional information contact:
Kathy Conway at the Stockbridge office 413-545-5450
Prof. Ryan at 413-545-6626 or Prof. Kane 413-545- 6637
Mass. Tree Wardens & Foresters Association Scholarships
The MTW&F Scholarships are awarded to Stockbridge Arboriculture & Community Forestry students or UMass Urban Forestry students; preference is given to Massachusetts’s residents.
Due date December 15.
For additional information contact: Prof. Ryan, Prof. Kane or your local Tree Warden
Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarship
Students with an interest & experience in commercial arboriculture are encouraged to apply.
Jr. status majoring in Commercial Arboriculture / Urban Forestry, Due date August 15
For additional information contact: Prof. Ryan at 413-545-6626 or Prof. Kane 413-545- 6637
Hartney Greymont Scholarship
Must be an arboricultural student employee of Hartney Greymont, Inc.
New England Chapter – ISA
The applicant must be a resident of New England and majoring in Arboriculture, the applicant can be a Stockbridge student, UMass UF or a UF graduate student. Due date is April 7.
For additional information & an application: www.newenglandisa.org
TREE Fund – Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship – ISA/TCIA
The applicant must be majoring in Commercial Arboriculture; the applicant can be a Stockbridge second student year or a UMass UF third student. Due date is May 1.
For additional information & an application download : www.treefund.org
CTPA awards two types of scholarships:
(1) With the CTPA Arborist Scholarship the student must be from Connecticut. Students in the Arboriculture & Community Forestry program at the UMass / Stockbridge School or in the
UF program are encouraged to apply.
(2) The second is called the Dr. Mark Mcclure Scholarship, this is for a UF graduate student.
Due date is November 30. For additional information contact: CTPA at 203-484-2512 or www.CTPA.org
The Care of Trees – Mullane Scholarship
The applicant must be majoring in Commercial Arboriculture: the applicant can be a Stockbridge student or an UMass UF student. Preference given to Care of Trees student employees
Due date is Dec. 15. For additional information contact: Prof. Ryan at 413-545-6626
The Society of Commercial Arboriculture Scholarship
The Society of Commercial Arboriculture Scholarship
The applicant must be majoring in Commercial Arboriculture: the applicant can be a Stockbridge student or an UMass UF student. Due date is May 30.
For additional information contact: email SCA at or visit http://sca.isa-arbor.com/Students/Students.aspx
The Davey Tree Expert Company Scholarship
The applicant must be majoring in Commercial Arboriculture: the applicant can be a Stockbridge student or an UMass UF student. Preference given to Davey student employees.
Due date is June 15. For additional information contact: Richard Jones 800-445-8733 or
Mass. Horticultural Congress Scholarship
The applicant must be majoring in Horticulture or Commercial Arboriculture: the applicant can be a Stockbridge student or an UMass UF student. Must be a Massachusetts resident.
Due date is June 15. For additional information contact: Thaddeus Kuczewski at 508-824-5785 or