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Women’s Environmental Council

The Women’s Environmental Council (WEC) is a non-profit organization with chapters in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. The organization functions as a professional networking organization whose members work in various fields in the environmental industry, representing consulting firms, local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as other non-profit organizations.

Award Information:

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Amount: a minimum of $1,000 plus a one-year membership to the WEC in the chapter county where the recipients attend school.
Number of Scholarships: the WEC typically awards five (5) scholarships each year
Deadline: February 1ST
Awarding of Scholarships: awards are given during the WEC annual meeting in the first quarter of each year
GPA: 3.0
Major: can include, but are not limited to, architecture forestry, biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental engineering, environmental science, forestry, geology, geography, hydrology, marine studies, urban planning, watershed/water issues.

Eligibility Criteria:

WEC’s scholars must be:

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– A female college undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a career in the environmental field. The college may either be a 4-year college or a 2-year community college.
– Currently attending institutions of higher learning in Los Angeles, Orange, or San Diego counties.
– Meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0
– Be able to attend the WEC’s annual meeting and regular chapter meetings nearest to their schools, as their schedules allow.

Note: applicants who have previously received the WEC scholarship in the past years may not reapply.

Application Process:

Download the application form via Fill out the form(s) and save it as a single “.pdf” file. A complete application packet will include the following:

a. Cover Letter – your cover letter will be evaluated for its professional presentation. Please include the county you attended school in: Los Angeles, Orange, or San Diego.
b. Once (1) Reference Letter – provide a reference letter from either a teacher or a former/present employer. The letter should confirm your academic or professional effort, skills, and pastimes. Have your reference submit the letter directly to the WEC scholarship committee via email on or before the deadline.
c. Resume – your resume should describe your extracurricular activities, community involvement, and/or work experiences that show your contribution to the environmental vocation.
d. Personal Statement – the WEC scholarship committee considers this document and important factor in evaluating applicants. In your Personal Statement, please describe yourself, your background, and your personal and career goals. Please limit your personal statements to one page.
• Describe how your interests in pursuing a career in the environmental field developed.
• Please explain your professional and personal goals at this point.
• Address how receiving this award will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
e. Transcript(s) – the coursework you’ve completed must show a curriculum in pursuit of an environmental field.
The evaluation of your grades and coursework will be divided into two sections. One section will evaluate your overall grades and coursework; the other section will evaluate the two classes that are most relevant to your stated career goals. You’ll need to identify these two classes in your cover letter.

Submit your application package to: [email protected]

Selection Criteria:

1. Application packet presentation – 5 points
2. Cover letter – 5 points
3. Grades and Coursework – 10 points
4. Reference Letter – 10 points
5. Resume – 20 points
6. Personal Statement – 50 points

Contact Information:

The Women’s Environmental Council
P.O. Box 17161,
Irvine, CA 92623-7161

For any questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact Kellyn Lupfer at [email protected]

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