Enhancing Ecological Education Scholarship Program (E3SP)
Applications due January 15, 2017
The Paul Smith’s College Enhancing Ecological Education Scholarship Program (E3SP) aims to increase the educational and career opportunities for academically talented and financially disadvantaged students who are pursuing degrees in fisheries & wildlife science, forest biology or environmental science. Participants in the program will work side-by-side with faculty in those programs and participate in various enhancement opportunities. Faculty members will provide active mentoring and academic assistance for the scholars to maximize their chances for academic success. The scholarships are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. Participants in good standing will be awarded the E3SP scholarship each semester until graduation. Through intensive student and faculty mentoring, scholarship recipients will be encouraged to pursue graduate study or careers in science upon graduation. We encourage current college students, including transfer students, to apply. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a United States citizen, national, or permanent resident at the time of application.
- Demonstrate financial need as defined by the U.S. Department of Education rules for need-based federal financial aid.
- Be pursuing a bachelor of science degree in one of the following disciplines:
- Fisheries and wildlife science (FWS)
- Environmental science (ENV)
- Forest Biology (FBIO)
- Biology (BIO)
- Students must have earned a C or better in Chemistry II (CHM 142) and General Ecology (BIO 210).
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Be enrolled full-time (a minimum of 12 credit hours) at Paul Smith’s College in one of the above fields during the semester receiving the scholarship.
Paul Smith’s College E3SP Application Checklist
- COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM.
- UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Most recent academic transcript including all enrolled, completed, and transferred college credit. Transcript must include final grades for semester prior to applying.
- PERSONAL STATEMENT: Explain how you developed a passion for conserving natural resources and pursuing a career in the natural sciences. Discuss how a degree in fisheries and wildlife science, forest biology or environmental science will help you pursue a career in this field. Detail how the E3SP scholarship will help with your career goals. Please limit your essay to one single-spaced page using 12-point type.
- TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:
- One from an academic reference who can attest to your academic ability and interest in science as a career.
- Another from a supervisor who can comment on your professionalism (e.g., your motivation, ability to manage time and resources, communication skills, etc.) The author of this letter may have worked with you at a job, volunteer work, athletics, or other capacity.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (518) 327-6220 / [email protected] or the Director of S-STEM at Paul Smith’s College [email protected]. A limited number of STEM scholarships are available and the selection process is competitive. If you are not initially awarded a STEM scholarship but additional ones become available during the academic year, your application will be automatically reconsidered.
Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program.