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Scholarship Application

The SWEP Scholarship Application Instructions and Application Form can be found at the highlighted links. A full description is also listed for review.

Society of Women Environmental Professionals
(SWEP) of Greater Philadelphia

SWEP Scholarship Application Form

Purpose of the Scholarship Program:

To encourage women to pursue careers in the environmental field; to mentor students with an interest in the environmental field; and to provide students with connections to SWEP’s diverse membership for networking and career development opportunities.

The Scholarship Award:

The committee may award up to two scholarships to graduate or law students pursuing careers in the environmental field in the amount of $2,500 each. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in an academic program, pursuant to the requirements listed below. The scholarship funds will be awarded directly to the selected student in each category in a single lump sum in the spring of 2017 and its use is not limited to tuition. Also included with the award is a free membership in SWEP of Greater Philadelphia for as long as the scholarship recipient remains enrolled as a student at an eligible academic institution.

Eligibility Requirements:

A. All Applicants. You must meet all of these requirements, and the requirements of Section B to be eligible.

a. I am female.

b. I am a United States citizen or hold permanent resident status.

c. I have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (scale of 4.0) or its equivalent.

d. I have completed and submitted the application on or before February 1, 2016 .

e. I am available for an interview conducted by the SWEP Scholarship Committee during the week of March 7, 2016 .

f. I am not a member of the SWEP Board of Directors or the SWEP Scholarship Committee, or immediate family of such a member.

g. I am not a previous SWEP scholarship award recipient. (Previous applicants who were not selected for an award may reapply.)

B. Graduate Scholarship.

a. I will be enrolled in the academic calendar of 2016-2017 as a graduate student. First year graduate or law students must show proof of acceptance as part of their application.

b. I live in or will attend a college or university in one of the counties listed under section G on page 2.

c. My graduate studies relate to the environmental field.

C. Terms under which Scholarships are Awarded:

a. Applications must be submitted on the application form provided.

b. Please email scholarship application and attachments to: scholarship@swepweb.com. Please put “Scholarship application for [your name] ” in the subject line. Your email should include the following attachments:

● SWEP Scholarship Instructions Page 1 of 2

● PDF of Application Form (titled FirstName_LastName_Application.pdf )

● PDF of Essay (titled FirstName_LastName_Essay.pdf )

● PDF of Resume (titled FirstName_LastName_Resume.pdf )

● PDF of Unofficial Transcript (titled FirstName_LastName_Transcript.pdf )

Microsoft Office 2010 has a built in “Save as PDF” feature. Microsoft Office 2007 users can download a “Save as PDF” addin here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7. There are also several PDF converters available online.

c. Transcript(s). An unofficial transcript of your undergraduate and graduate work must be submitted to the committee with the application, complete with Fall 2016 grades. The committee reserves the right to request official transcripts prior to award.

d. Letters of Recommendation. Please obtain two letters of recommendation, including at least one academic letter of recommendation. The letters should be no longer than one page each and address (as appropriate):

● Academic Achievement

● Work Experience

● Personal Character

● Commitment to chosen field of study

Recommenders can email PDFs of their letter of recommendation directly to scholarship@swepweb.com. If your endorser would prefer to mail a letter, please have him/her mail it to the address listed under “Transcripts.” Mailed letters must be postmarked by January 31, 2017.

e. Deadline. The SWEP Scholarship Committee must receive applications (including application form, essay, resume, unofficial transcript, and emailed letters of recommendation) to SWEP Scholarship Application by 11:59:59 PM on or before January 31, 2017. Applications received after the specified dates will not be considered.

f. Interviews . Interviews of selected candidates will be held during the second half of February 2017. The scholarship recipients will be announced and presented with their scholarship checks at an event to be held in April of 2017.

g. Eligible Colleges and Universities. In order to considered eligible for a SWEP Greater Philadelphia scholarship, the student must live in or be enrolled in/accepted to a college/university (public, private, or community college) in one of these counties:

Pennsylvania: Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia

New Jersey: Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Salem

Delaware: Kent, New Castle, Sussex

If you have a question, please send an email to SWEP Scholarship Questions. Please note: this email address is only monitored periodically.

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