The Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation (MWWF) recognizes that a strong, responsible, and sustainable future requires a knowledgeable workforce reflective of our society at large. This scholarship aims to promote diversity by assisting students interested in a career in environmental and/or sustainability fields.
Up to two recipients will be awarded a scholarship (up to $5,000 each) per academic year.
Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application. All winners will be notified on the first Monday in April.
To be eligible, students must:
- Be a current or rising junior seeking a degree in environmental studies, natural sciences, or other relevant areas of study
- Attend a school located in Minnesota or be a resident of Minnesota
- Bring the perspective or experiences of an underrepresented or marginalized group (including but not limited to BIPOC populations, women, LGBTQI, low income, individuals with disabilities, etc.)
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
-Not be related to any of the directors, officers, or selection committee members of MWWF.
All applicants are required to:
-Complete the Scholarship Application and submit it from December 1 to March 18th
-Provide all required documents, including:
-Signed letter of recommendation from a non-relative who has a science/natural science background and is familiar with your goals and aptitude.
- A one-page, 300-500 word, typed essay. In this essay, please describe your degree/area of study and how it relates to a career in an environmental or sustainability field, your current need for a scholarship AND describe the community that you represent and how your studies will help make a positive impact.
The Scholarship Selection Committee will be appointed by the Board of Directors of MWWF. The Scholarship Selection Committee will meet on an as needed basis, and shall have the sole authority to select award recipients.
Applicants may be contacted by the Scholarship Selection Committee to conduct an in-person (online/virtual) interview before any award decision is made.
Neither the Board of Directors of MWWF nor the Scholarship Selection Committee are required to award any scholarships if applications are found insufficient or for any other reason.
The award is offered in the fall semester of each academic year. Past recipients are eligible to re-apply for additional school years. The scholarship will be paid to the applicant’s school once a tuition bill is presented to MWWF.
The MWWF was created in 1994 to help businesses and organizations throughout Minnesota undertake new waste prevention and recycling programs. In 2008, the MWWF created sibling program Energy Smart with the purpose of helping businesses save energy through conservation, efficiency, and cost-saving strategies. For the past 26 years, the MWWF has helped thousands of organizations throughout Minnesota minimize their impact on the environment and achieve cost savings through waste reduction, recycling, reuse, energy efficiency, and other sustainability initiatives.