Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

DEI Scholarship Program

In 2021, The Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals proudly launched a DEI Scholarship program, aimed at supporting diversity in the environmental professions.

Through this program, NWAEP awards annual scholarships of up to $2,000 to undergraduate or graduate students from a diverse background in Oregon or Washington state, whose major field of study is relevant to environmental science/STEM.

NWAEP's DEI Scholarship aims to support the professional development of students who are underrepresented (i.e. BIPOC, women, minorities) in environmental careers by covering one year of NWAEP membership fees and participation expenses (registration, travel, room and board) for the National Association of Environmental Professionals' annual conference, held in May, 2024 in Minneapolis.

2024 DEI Scholarship Awards

When our 2024 Scholarship Committee reviewed applicants this year, one candidate's unique and inspiring story stood out. We are proud to announce that our 2024 scholarship has been awarded to Vokhidjon Kakhramonov, a graduate student at Oregon State University in the department of Water Resources Policy and Management. Vokhidjon plans to use his water management expertise to help ease conflict in Central Asia's Fergana Valley, his childhood home.

We found two other candidates worthy of a special shout-out. Jessie Bell and Pierce McClendon have been awarded 2024 NWAEP memberships, which will give them a leg up as they enter the world of environmental professionals.

To learn more about these outstanding students, please visit our 2024 DEI Scholarship Recipients page.

Past DEI Scholarship Recipients:

2023: Tai-Renée King and Lena Wang

2022: Janelle Layton and Daria Singer

Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals     •     PO Box 11583, Portland, OR 97211         TheNWAEP at gmail dot com 


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