AR-FX IWLA ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIP In 1993, the Board of Directors of the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America established its Environmental Sciences scholarship as a means of demonstrating the Chapter’s concern for the environment and for the young people of the tri-county (Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William) area. The purpose of the scholarship program, as stated by the President of the Chapter when the program was begun, was to "help insure the continued involvement of the rising generations in protection and improvement of the environment.” At the inception of the scholarship, the program was set-up to support a student for up to 4 years at a value of $750 per student per year paid directly to the applicant’s institution of higher learning in support of their degree in Environmental Sciences or a related field. In 1999 the Board of Directors agreed to increase the value of the scholarship to $3,000 per student per year. In 2014, the Board of Directors approved increasing the value of the scholarship to $5,000 per student per year beginning in 2015. The scholarship committee of the Chapter reviews the applications submitted each April and makes its recommendation to the Board of Directors on the basis of the applicant’s academic achievement, financial need, environmental activities and achievements and the individual character of the applicant.
1. The applicant must intend on pursuing a course of studies at an accredited institution leading either to an Associate degree (2 years) or Bachelors degree (4 years) in the field of Environmental Sciences or a related field of study.
2. The following criteria will be evaluated in determining the successful applicant though not necessarily in the order listed:
a. Financial need
b. Academic achievement
c. Individual character
d. Community achievements or activities
e. Demonstration of an ability to succeed in college.
3. In addition to completing the application, the student may include a letter stating his or her intended course of study and why they intend to pursue this field. In the letter the applicant should include any environmental activities in which they may have been involved with a brief description of those activities. For example, these activities may have been through their school, church, or community groups such as 4H, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. They should also list any awards received for environmental activities.
4. The scholarship funds will be paid by a check from the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter, Inc. of the Izaak Walton League of America to the applicant's chosen college to be credited to tuition or other fees. The scholarship will be paid in 4 annual installments of $5000 each.
Mail completed application to arrive NOT LATER THAN APRIL 1, 2016