Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

Diversity in Environmental Professions Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: January 28, 2022
Contact: email Lindsey Sheehan
Scholarship: Up to $2,000, to cover Registration, Travel, and Room and Board at NAEP Annual Conference

The Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals is proud to offer a scholarship program aimed at supporting diversity in the environmental professions. The program is intended to promote the professional development of students who are underrepresented in the environmental field, with a focus on BIPOC students, by providing tuition in the form of registration, travel, and room and board, for participation in the NAEP annual conference.
This scholarship will be awarded in mid March 2022.


  • Applicant must be enrolled in or have been accepted for admission into a degree program within the states of Oregon or Washington
  • Applicant’s major field of study must be relevant to STEM and/or environmental science
  • Applicant must be a current member of NWAEP, but may join NAEP and/or the NWAEP Chapter at the time of the scholarship application (membership is $15/annually for students). For more information, see our Membership page
  • All application materials (see below) need to be completed and submitted by the deadline, January 28, 2020.
  • Applications must be submitted to Lindsey Sheehan via email (LSheehan at esassoc dot com)  with the email title “NWAEP Scholarship Application”


  1. An essay of no more than one page in length describing your interest in the environmental field. Applicants are encouraged to include high school and any undergraduate experience, along with volunteer and work experience to demonstrate the relevance of your professional development in the STEM/environmental science field. Essays may also describe any grants, honors, or awards you have earned; or the influence of a class project or how you think of your future contribution to an environmental profession. Essays will be judged based on the ability to communicate your ideas in writing and how well your goals and experience align with the objectives of the NWAEP DEI Scholarship.

  2. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or other professional. The letter should address the potential of the applicant to be a productive member of NWAEP and to contribute to the environmental field. The applicant is responsible for notifying references to submit their letters of recommendation electronically to Lindsey Sheehan with the email title “NWAEP Scholarship Recommendation for <Applicant Name>” by the listed deadline. The applicant’s name must be clearly noted in the letter of recommendation.


  1. Commitment to attend the upcoming NAEP Annual Conference if selected as the scholarship recipient (scholarship funds can be used to defray meeting costs and future NWAEP membership fees), which will be held May 16–19, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  2. Provide a 1-page summary relating to your use of scholarship funds and/or conference experiences during the scholarship year.

We wish all our applicants the best of luck!

Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals     •     PO Box 11583, Portland, OR 97211 


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