Funds that support Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies
Above: With support from donors, students Kathleen Burke and Greg Fretueg were able to present their research on otters at recent Biennial Governor’s Conference on the Management of the Illinois River System.

Make a difference for Environmental Studies students

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for environmental studies students. You can use the “Donate” button to give online. Thank you!

General Funds

Community Garden Fund

This fund provides support for the UIS Community Garden in the department of Environmantal Studies in the college of Public Affairs and Administration at UIS.

Environmental Studies Program Fund

This fund provides general support for the department.

Luther W. Skelton Endowment for Energy Policy and Energy Research

Dr. Luther Skelton, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with master and doctorate degrees in political science, was a staunch advocate of energy research and resources. In 1984, he authored a book entitled The Solar Hydrogen Energy Economy: Beyond the Age of Fire, and was sponsor, presenter, and author of numerous articles, research projects, papers and conferences on the subjects of global warming, solar energy and other environmental issues. Before coming to the UIS (then Sangamon State University) in 1978, Dr. Skelton was director of the Coastal Zone Management Program in Florida, as well as director of Planning for the Missouri State Department of Natural Resources. During his tenure at UIS, Dr. Skelton became the first UIS professor to chair the esteemed University of Illinois Senates Conference where he presided over all three senates of the University of Illinois campuses. The Luther W. Skelton Endowment for Energy Policy and Energy Research is awarded to an outstanding graduate student in the Environmental Studies program.

UIS Prairie Restoration Fund

Unrestricted support for the UIS Prairie Restoration Fund

Scholarship Funds

The Bill and Frances Cosgrove Water Resource Management Scholarship

William ‘Bill’ Cosgrove, with Frances Cosgrove’s support, spent his career years working on various aspects of water management. The UIS Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon provides a site where many disciplines could contribute to the research of the role of wetlands in water resource management. Bill and Frances hope this scholarship will help make use of the Station. It is open to students focusing their studies on conservation, environmental policy and the natural world in programs such as biology, chemistry, environmental studies, or public health.

Environmental Studies Alumni Scholarship Fund

The Environmental Studies Alumni Scholarship was established in 1997 by alumni, faculty and students of the ENS program. It is available to graduate students maintaining a GPA of 3.0 in the Environmental Studies Program. Recipients must have a record of previous interest in environmental issues and provide an example of that interest by submitting a previously written research paper or evidence of a demonstrated involvement in an environmental project.

Barbara Ferrara Public Service Scholarship Fund

The Barbara Ferrara Public Service Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate scholarships for students preparing for careers in public service. Preference shall be given to students majoring in Public Administration, but students majoring in political science, public policy, public health, environmental studies, legal studies or related fields may also be considered. Recipients shall have demonstrated academic merit, with a grade point average of a B or better, and have aspirations for a career in public service.

Mary and Nelson Howarth Memorial Fund

Nelson Howarth was a respected Springfield attorney and three-term mayor who was instrumental in convincing the Illinois General Assembly to establish the UIS (then Sangamon State University) campus in 1969. He later taught a course in municipal law and administration at SSU. The Mary and Nelson Howarth Memorial Scholarship was originally established by the family and friends in honor of his life and work. In later years, his wife’s name was added by the family, who continue to support the scholarship through generous donations. Applicants for the scholarship must be in good academic standing with a major in Public Administration, Public Affairs Reporting, Environmental Studies, Political Science or History.

Dennis Ruez Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund provides scholarships to students in good standing in the Department of Environmental Studies in the College of Public Affairs and Administration at UIS.

Thomas A. Shearer Scholarship in Environmental Studies

Thomas Shearer, who graduated from UIS in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environment and People, established a scholarship for students in Environmental Studies. At the time Mr. Shearer established the scholarship, Environmental Studies at UIS was a graduate program only. Mr. Shearer, however, had a great concern for students who are working toward their bachelor’s, so he has specified that preference be given to an undergraduate student who is minoring in environmental studies. Preference is now given to undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Studies.
Not interested in any of the funds above? Then you can create your own scholarship fund that targets the students you specify in the Environmental Studies Department. As the principle donor of this new scholarship, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.


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