Each year Environmental Studies is proud to award more than a dozen scholarships totaling over $30,000 to students majoring in any of the degrees offered by the Environmental Studies Program (B.A., B.S., and Hydrologic Sciences). Scroll down to "Environmental Studies Program Scholarships" to review the description and criteria of every scholarship offered. 

The application window for all 2022-23 ES Scholarships will be open starting January 10, 2023.

Are you an Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Sciences major who plans to: 

  • Conduct research under the guidance of a faculty member? 

  • Participate in unpaid environmental internships or field studies programs? 

  • Undertake a project related to civic and environmental leadership? 

  • Attend an academic conference or participate in a special creative activity?  

  • And need financial support for one or more of these activities? 

IF YES, then one or more of the scholarships listed below could help support and further your learning beyond the classroom. 

The following Environmental Studies scholarships are presently accepting applications. 
Applications are due by February 25th, 2022:

  • Barker Scholarship for Unpaid Environmental Internships (one to two $1,250 awards)
  • Decker Memorial Scholarship for Participation in Field Studies & Wildlife Management or Conservation (one $1,250 award)
  • Paul Wack Environmental Studies Alumni Scholarship in Planning (one $1,500 award)
  • Stapelmann Scholarship for Participation in Environmental Field Studies Programs (multiple $2,000-$5,000 scholarships totaling $18,000)
  • Tom Rogers Scholarship in Civic Responsibility and Environmental Stewardship (one to two $2,500-$5,000 awards)
  • The Wenger Scholarship for Undergraduate Research in Energy, Sustainability, Environmental Justice or Climate Change (multiple $1,000-$2,000 awards)
  • The Environmental Studies Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduates (multiple awards up to $500 each)

TO APPLY for one or more of these you will access the ES Scholarship Application Portal and follow the directions to reach the questions related to the scholarship(s) that best fit your need(s).  A student is welcome to apply for multiple scholarships.  Before you begin, be sure to review the description and criteria of the scholarships being offered (scroll down). If you have any questions about these scholarships or the application process, please email the ES Advising team at advising@es.ucsb.edu

Please note:  (1)  This scholarship funding is intended to support activities starting this summer or next academic year. We will consider proposals for undergraduate research that begins this spring, but awards may not be processed until midway through spring quarter.  (2)  Be aware University Policy and federal and state regulations require the reporting of monetary awards students receive if they are financial aid recipients. Although rare, adjustments may be made to a student’s financial aid package if a scholarship like these results in overage of the recipient’s maximum financial aid award amount determined each year by UCSB’s Financial Aid office. Please direct any questions regarding how this scholarship may affect one’s financial aid to your Financial Aid Advisor. 

An additional Environmental Studies funding opportunity is the Environmental Studies Mini-Grants for Undergraduate Research, Creative Activities, and Special Opportunities.  Similar to the Research Enhancement Award, funding for mini-grants up to $500 may be requested at any time of the year, not just during the annual call for scholarship applications in February. For more info about ES mini-grants click here.

In addition to the ES Scholarships, there are a large number of campus, community, and other scholarship opportunities available and interested students are encouraged to seek out additional information via UCSB's Financial Aid Office Scholarships page.

Environmental Studies Program Scholarships


Barker Scholarship for Unpaid Environmental Internships

One to two $1,250 scholarships per year to assist students who enroll in unpaid environmental internships.

One or two $1,250 scholarships per year given to lessen the financial burden on students so they may pursue unpaid or underpaid environmental internships and gain valuable hands-on learning experience in the environmental field of their choice before graduating.  The Barker Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation.

Eligibility & Application Requirements:  This scholarship is eligible to declared Environmental Studies or Hydrology majors of at least sophomore status at time of application and possess a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.  Applicants will need to explain why they want to undertake an environmental internship, how it will relate to their studies and career goals, and how the award would ease financial burdens that may otherwise limit their participation in an internship.  Applicants don’t need to have an environmental internship prior to applying for this award. But disbursement of the scholarship money is contingent upon securing an internship and enrollment in a minimum of two units in ENV S 192 (Internship in Environmental Studies course), during any academic quarter prior to officially graduating. Although financial need will be considered in the selection process, eligibility for financial aid is not required to receive this scholarship.

Applications are due at the end of each February, winner(s) announced in early April, and the recipient(s) may use their scholarship any quarter starting that summer and before graduating.  Upon completion of their internship, and prior to graduating, a one-page report will be required of the scholarship recipient(s) highlighting their internship experience.


ES Research Enhancement Awards for Undergraduates

Up to $500 per award to Environmental Studies majors conducting research or activities that will enhance their educational and career goals.

Up to $500 per individual award is available to assist students majoring within the Environmental Studies Program and conducting research or similar creative activities that will enhance one’s educational and career goals.  Funding may be requested to cover expenses related to supplies, campus recharge for space/facilities usage, equipment rental, mileage reimbursement or other travel expenses, printing of posters, costs to attend or participate in a professional seminar or conference, or other similar expenses related to one’s environmental research project or educational goals.  Funding cannot be used for salaries.   

Eligibility & Application Requirements:  Applicant must be a sophomore, junior, or senior Environmental Studies or Hydrology major with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and must be conducting environmental research or creative activity under the guidance of a UCSB faculty member or instructor.  All applicants must have secured a faculty sponsor at the time of applying for the award.  Applicants will need to provide a budget and outline how and when the money will be spent.  Funds must be spent while enrolled in an academic quarter and reimbursements will be done directly through Environmental Studies. They can’t be placed into a student’s BARC account.  Students must save and file receipts or fill in travel forms for mileage or other travel reimbursement. A student funded by a faculty member’s research grant can apply if they are conducting their own clearly identifiable piece of research within the larger framework of the project.   

Applications are due at the end of each February, winner(s) announced in early April, and the recipient(s) may use their scholarship any quarter starting that summer and before graduating.  Recipients are strongly encouraged to contribute a poster to the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in May and/or write a one-page report of how the funds contributed to the research project and their educational goals before they graduate.


Matthew Charles Decker Memorial Scholarship for Participation in Field Studies & Wildlife Management or Conservation

$1,000-$1.250 awarded annually to help cover the cost of participating in an environmental field studies program.

One $1,000-$1,250 scholarship is awarded annually to qualified UCSB Environmental Studies or Hydrology majors to diminish the costs of participation in an environmental field study program specifically in the area of wildlife management or environmental conservation. Eligible field study programs must be offered through an accredited academic organization such as, but not limited to, The Wildlands Studies Program, The School for Field Studies, Sierra Institute, or The Wild Rockies Field Institute. The recipient is expected apply the credit earned towards their major and/or graduation requirements. This scholarship was established in the loving memory of Matthew Charles Decker, an Environmental Studies undergraduate major at UCSB, who suffered a fatal skiing accident in 1995 during his junior year.  He completed a wildlife study program in the Fall of 1994 during which he interacted with wolves, bears and the astonishing beauty of nature. This educational experience left him in awe of our environment and instilled in him a resounding commitment to work on behalf of the environment.

Eligibility & Application Requirements:   Applicants must be a declared Environmental Studies or Hydrology major with at least sophomore status and with a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 at the time applications are due.  The award can be used any quarter prior to graduation, and it’s expected units earned from the completed program will be applied towards one’s major/graduation requirements. It’s not required to be accepted into a field-based program to apply for this scholarship; but proof of formal enrollment in a field studies program will be required before the money will be distributed to the winner. Applicants will be asked to convey why they wish to study in the field on wildlife management or environmental conservation, how doing so relates to their studies and career aspirations, how this scholarship would assist in accomplishing their goals, list any potential programs they have been accepted to or considering applying, and any other relevant information about the challenges they may have faced in funding their education. Being a financial aid recipient is not required to apply; but additional consideration will be given to students who can demonstrate this scholarship is critical to allowing one to participate in a field-based program.

Applications are due at the end of each February, winner announced in early April, and the recipient may use their scholarship any quarter starting that summer and before graduating.  Prior to graduation a one-page report will be required of the scholarship recipient highlighting their accomplishments and activities since receiving the award.


Tom Rogers Scholarship in Civic Responsibility and Environmental Stewardship

One to two $2,500 to $5,000 awarded to a student(s) whose efforts embody the ideals of civic responsibility and environmental stewardship.

One or two scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each are awarded to current UCSB Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Science major(s) whose past and present efforts best embody the ideals of civic responsibility and environmental stewardship. The goal of this scholarship is to enable talented and dedicated students to take on activities (academic or environmental activism) that they would not otherwise be able to engage in.  Recipient(s) may use the award to defray expenses associated with their undergraduate education, such as tuition and fees, living expenses, books, supplies, and special project costs associated with their civic and environmental activities. The Tom Rogers Scholarship was established in late 1999 to honor Tom Rogers, a role model for civic and environmental leadership. Among the many achievements of Tom Rogers are his service on the Santa Barbara City Council and County Board of Supervisors through 1994. As a civil servant, he voiced and voted for sound environmental planning and progressive policies for long-term community benefits. 

Eligibility & Application Requirements:   Selection of scholarship recipients is based on their personal efforts that embody the ideals of civic responsibility and environmental stewardship exemplified by Tom Rogers in his career.  Qualified applicants must be continuing declared majors in the Environmental Studies Program and have demonstrated civic, community, educational, and environmental involvement. Applicants should have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 at the time the application is due and plan to be enrolled at UCSB for at least three quarters after receiving the award. Applicants will be asked to provide a list of past and/or present civic, community, or environmental services or organizations, explain how their experiences in civic responsibility and environmental stewardship influenced their decision to become a major in Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Science, and how this scholarship would enable them to enhance their education and civic, community, and environmental involvement while at UCSB and after graduation.  Although financial need will be considered in the selection process, eligibility for financial aid is not required to receive this scholarship.

Applications are due at the end of each February, winner(s) announced in early April, and recipient(s) should expect to see 1/3 of their award deposited into their BARC account at the beginning of summer or fall, and the start of the next two quarters. Prior to graduation a one-page report will be required of the scholarship recipient(s) highlighting their accomplishments and activities since receiving the award.


Stapelmann Scholarship for Participation in Environmental Field Studies Programs

Multiple $2,000-$5,000 awarded annually to cover the cost of field-based program’s tuition, in-country fees, travel expenses, camping equipment, scientific diving training, etc.

Multiple $2,000-$5,000 scholarships are awarded annually to qualified UCSB Environmental Studies or Hydrology majors to significantly diminish the costs of participation in an environmental field-based learning opportunity. “Out in the field” programs offer an incredible opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to solve complex environmental problems through hands-on research with professionals and community leaders in a variety of natural and cultural settings across the country and around the world. This award is intended to assist with covering the cost of field-based program’s tuition, in-country fees, travel expenses, camping equipment, scientific training, etc.  Eligible field study programs must award UC transferable units and be offered through an accredited organization such as, but not limited to, The Wildlands Studies Program, School for Field Studies, Sierra Institute, Wild Rockies Field Institute, or UC Natural Reserve System. This scholarship fund was created by long-time UCSB Trustees, Jack and Judy Stapelmann.

Eligibility & Application Requirements:   Applicants must be a declared Environmental Studies or Hydrology major with a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 at the time applications are due.  Awards can be used any quarter prior to graduation, and it’s expected units earned from the completed program will be applied towards one’s major/graduation requirements. It’s not required to be accepted into a field-based program to apply for this scholarship; but proof of formal enrollment in a field studies program will be required before the money will be distributed to the winners. Applicants will be asked to convey why they wish to study in the field, how doing so relates to their studies and career aspirations, how this scholarship would assist in accomplishing their goals, list any potential programs they have been accepted to or considering applying, and any other relevant information about the challenges they may have faced in funding their education. Being a financial aid recipient is not required to apply; but additional consideration will be given to students who can demonstrate this scholarship is critical to allowing one to participate in a field-based program.

Applications are due at the end of each February, winners announced in early April, and the recipients may use their scholarship any quarter starting that summer and before graduating.  Prior to graduation a one-page report will be required of the scholarship recipient highlighting their accomplishments and activities since receiving the award.


Paul Wack Environmental Studies Alumni Scholarship in Planning

One $1,500 scholarship given to an undergraduate pursuing an internship in environmental planning.  

This annual scholarship of $1,500 shall be given to a UCSB Environmental Studies undergraduate pursuing a career in Planning.  This scholarship may be used to sponsor a planning internship as part of the Center for Undergraduate Environmental Leadership (CUEL)/Environmental Leadership Incubator Program (ELI) or secured independently by the student recipient. The Paul Wack Environmental Studies Alumni Scholarship in Planning has been established and in honor of Mr. Paul W. Wack’s 40 plus years of teaching as a Senior Lecturer within the Environmental Studies Program. The scholarship is funded by a generous gift from Paul Wack and by contributions from his appreciative colleagues, students, and Environmental Studies alumni.

Eligibility & Application Requirements:   The recipient should be a student majoring in Environmental Studies or Hydrology with at least junior standing at the time of applying and have completed ENVS 135A, or currently enrolled in the course at the time of submitting the application and are subject to completing the course before accepting the scholarship.  Applicants will be asked to submit a statement regarding why they wish to pursue an internship in planning, include the name and brief description of the organization(s) they have, or hope to, secure an internship with, and how this scholarship would assist in their internship experience and accomplishing their career goals.  Disbursement of the scholarship money is contingent upon securing an internship in Planning and enrollment in a minimum of two units in ENV S 192 (Internship in Environmental Studies course) during any academic quarter prior to officially graduating. Although financial need will be considered in the selection process, eligibility for financial aid is not required to receive this scholarship.

Applications are due at the end of each February, winner announced in early April, and the recipient may use their scholarship any quarter starting that summer and before graduating.  Prior to graduation a one-page report will be required of the scholarship recipient highlighting their accomplishments and activities since receiving the award.


The Wenger Scholarship for Undergraduate Research in Energy, Sustainability, Environmental Justice or Climate Change

Multiple $1,000 - $2,000 scholarships for students pursuing research learning opportunities with faculty in Energy, Sustainability, Environmental Justice or Climate Change.

Multiple scholarships of $1,000-2,000 each will be awarded each year to undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Sciences pursuing research-driven learning opportunities with a UCSB faculty member.  Recognizing engaging in such opportunities can require a significant time and/or financial commitment that may prevent some students from participating, these scholarships offer financial assistance to support students conducting research with UCSB professors in the areas of energy technology, environmental justice, renewable energy, or climate change.  This scholarship is available because of the amazing generosity of UCSB Environmental Studies alumni Howard and Lisa Wenger. The Wengers are members of the Lancaster Society and enjoy supporting environmental sustainability at UC Santa Barbara, including establishing the Manalis Environmental Leadership Fund. Mr. Wenger became a trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation in 2016.

Eligibility & Application Requirements:   Applicants must be a declared Environmental Studies or Hydrology major with a minimum overall GPA of 2.7. The award can be used any quarter prior to graduating.  Eligible applicants must have an interest in energy technology, environmental justice, renewable energy, or climate change.  A statement regarding why they wish to conduct research on one or more of the above topics, along with how this scholarship would assist in accomplishing their career goals, will be required.  Awardees will need to secure an Environmental Studies or UCSB faculty advisor working in one of the above environmental areas prior to receiving the award.  Being a financial aid recipient is not required to apply; but additional consideration will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need and are underserved or underrepresented students.

Applications are due at the end of each February, winners announced in early April, and the recipients may use their scholarship any quarter starting that summer and before graduating.  Prior to graduation a one-page report will be required of the scholarship recipient(s) highlighting their accomplishments and activities since receiving the award.


Environmental Studies Mini-Grants for Undergraduate Research, Creative Activities, and Special Opportunities (available year ‘round)

Up to $500 per award available year ‘round to support individual research, similar creative activities, or participate in a special opportunity.  

This is similar to the Research Enhancement Award, but funding for mini-grants may be requested at any time, not just during the annual call for scholarship applications in February.

Up to $500 per individual award is available year ‘round to assist students majoring within the Environmental Studies Program to enhance their educational and career goals by conducting individual research, similar creative activities, or participate in a special opportunity.  Funding may be requested to cover expenses related to supplies, campus recharge for space/facilities usage, equipment rental, mileage reimbursement or other travel expenses, printing of posters, costs to attend or participate in a professional seminar or conference, or other similar expenses related to one’s environmental research project or educational goals.  Funding cannot be used for salaries. 

Eligibility & Application Requirements:  Applicant must be a sophomore, junior, or senior Environmental Studies or Hydrology major with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and must be conducting environmental research, participating in a creative activity, or attending a special event under the guidance of a UCSB faculty member or instructor.  All applicants must have secured a faculty sponsor at the time of applying for the grant.  Applicants will need to provide a budget and outline how and when the money will be spent.  Funds must be spent while enrolled in an academic quarter and reimbursements will be done directly through Environmental Studies. They can’t be placed into a student’s BARC account.  Students must save and file receipts or fill in travel forms for mileage or other travel reimbursement. A student funded by a faculty member’s research grant can apply if they are conducting their own clearly identifiable piece of research within the larger framework of the project. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year ‘round and dependent on available funding. NOTE:  ES mini-grants for undergraduate research do not use the general ES Scholarship Application Portal.  Instead, click here to download and complete a .pdf application and email it to advising@es.ucsb.edu with the ‘ES Mini Grant Application” in the subject. Funds must be spent while the student is enrolled as an undergraduate at UCSB. Unspent funds will be returned to the department. Recipients are strongly encouraged to contribute a poster to the annual UCSB Undergraduate Research Symposium in May and/or write a one-page report of how the funds contributed to the research project and their educational goals before they graduate.

Other UCSB Environmental Scholarships


Pearl Chase Scholarship 

$1,500 awarded annually and to a qualified UCSB undergraduate majoring in the area of environmental studies.

Award: $1,500 annually

Application Deadline: Normally mid-April

Description: The UCSB Affiliates of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will award one scholarship of $1,500 to a qualified UCSB undergraduate majoring in the area of environmental studies.

Eligibility: The award is made on the basis of academic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA), financial need, community activities, campus activities, honors and employment background. Recipient must be a registered student during 2021-2022 academic year.

How to Apply: Download scholarship application (PDF)

About Pearl Chase: A pioneer in the fields of conservation, preservation, social services, and civic planning, Pearl Chase was devoted to improving the surroundings of others. For 70 years, from the time of her graduation from UC Berkeley in 1909, until her death, she was a dominant force in molding the character of Santa Barbara. Often referred to as the First Lady of Santa Barbara, she founded many civic and cultural organizations that have profoundly affected the city of Santa Barbara and the state of California, including the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the Community Arts Association, and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

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