Community Environmental Scholars Program application

The Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) is designed for students who want to link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community. Community Environmental Scholars take a 1-credit seminar (ENVIR ST 402) for three semesters that introduces them to local community-based environmental organizations, provides them with professional training, and gives them a place to discuss the links between environmental studies and community service.

CESP is now accepting applications for Spring 2020! CESP is both an academic program and a scholarship program. Program applicants are automatically considered for substantial scholarships (see eligibility criteria below).

Who can apply? Sophomores and juniors who plan to complete an undergraduate program (certificate or major) in Environmental Studies.

Who can receive a scholarship? Students with financial need who want to link community and environment. Two sources of funding are available. The WI-CESP scholarship funds students who are either Wisconsin or Minnesota residents. The CESP Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (CESP S-STEM) is funded by the National Science Foundation (Award No. 1643946), and is open to US citizens or permanent residents who are STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) majors.

How much can I receive? Up to an $8,250 scholarship annually, based on financial need.

Questions? Email Rob Beattie (

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Be a catalyst for change. Apply to CESP today!

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Supplemental Questions
  1. The Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) is a professional development, training, and scholarship program for undergraduates with 3-4 semesters left on campus who want to link their passion for the environment with a commitment to community. We welcome applications from all students who are enrolled or interested in the Environmental Studies major or certificate or the Sustainability Certificate. Students with unmet financial need who meet certain other requirements may also be eligible for a significant (up to $10,000/year) scholarship through CESP. Some of our scholarships are funded by the National Science Foundation (DUE S-STEM #1643946) to help STEM students, while others are funded by ongoing grants from the state Board of Commissioners of Public Lands’ Normal School Fund. We place a high priority on diverse perspectives, backgrounds and contributions to environmental issues. Students of color, non-traditional students, actively serving military or veterans, and first-generation college students are encouraged to apply. The application below is for both the program and the scholarship. Please click “Yes” to continue with an application for this program.
  2. Do you plan to participate in a study abroad, practicum, or co-op program?
  3. If yes, please indicate which semester(s) you plan to participate in a study abroad, practicum or co-op program, and indicate the length of program, if known.
  4. Did your father graduate from a 4-year college or university?
  5. Did your mother graduate from a 4-year college or university?
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