The following scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors interested in the environment, conservation or other related fields. Please check websites for specific requirements for each application.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

NRES is occasionally informed of scholarships for students with an environmental focus that are offered by other organizations. Refer to their website for links of updated scholarship opportunities.

Illinois Conservation Foundation

The Illinois Conservation Foundation offers the Conservation Achievement Scholarship to promote the value of our natural world and encourage the next generation of leaders to engage in personal efforts to preserve and enhance a sustainable outdoor environment.

Illinois Lakes Management

Illinois Lakes Management provides scholarships for students enrolled in natural resource disciplines related to lake and/or watershed management at an Illinois college or university or any Illinois resident attending college or university in Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin.

Solid Waste Association of North America Land of Lincoln Chapter

The Land of Lincoln Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America annually provides a scholarship to students enrolled in civil or environmental engineering, biology, geology, environmental studies, environmental science or related studies.

Volo Bog

Friends of Volo Bog offers a scholarship to those pursuing a career in preserving the environment who are studying at an Illinois college.

The Garden Club of America

Offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. Selection committees comprised of the GCA and community volunteers read applications and recommend candidates to be voted on in March each year. 

Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA)

ILCA offers scholarships to high school seniors interested in pursuing a horticultural related career. In addition, ILCA offers scholarships to college students enrolled in a full or part time horticultural related program. Including, but not limited to,  horticulture, environmental science, landscape architecture, botany, agronomy, nursery production, ecology, agriculture, urban horticulture, floral design, and more. 

World Wildlife Fund

Recognizing youth leaders, ages 18-30, who are making outstanding contributions for the environment in their communities. These youth are leading initiatives that cover issues such as climate change mitigation, environmental justice, biodiversity, wildlife conservation, food waste and habitat protection. The winner will be given a $5,000 award, which they can use to help fund their academic and/or professional development related to their conservation work.