Charlotte Zieve Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria
This scholarship award is intended to support students who are studying/conducting research in areas that intersect environment and women’s health, environment and women’s education, and/or environment and social justice issues that affect women – particularly those in developing nations.

Student applicants must be enrolled full-time in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies, 2) Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies, 3) Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability, 4) MS in Environment and Resources, 5) MS in Water Resources Management, or 6) PhD in Environment and Resources.

Student applicants must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Student applicants who are at least one full academic year away from graduation will be given special preference for this scholarship award.

Donor Information
This scholarship award is provided via private philanthropy from the estate of Charlotte and Edward Zieve. Charlotte was a Nelson Institute alumna (PhD, Land Resources) and activist who lent her strength and voice to the causes of education, women’s rights, social justice, and environmentalism all over the globe. She was a delegate to the United Nations Conferences on Women and traveled to Cairo, Beijing, and South Africa. She was particularly committed to improving the lives of women in Malawi.

Award Information
One $3,000 scholarship is available to be awarded during the Spring 2024 scholarship competition.

Applicants will be notified of their selection in April 2024 and will be honored at the Nelson Institute’s Scholarship Recognition Luncheon on Friday, April 19, 2024.

Contact: Tara Mohan,

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Supplemental Questions
  1. How have you incorporated service learning opportunities into the curriculum of your environmental studies degree or research? Why did you decide to do so? What did you learn? What impact did you make? What impact did the experience have on you?
  2. How can activism and community engagement be used to help address environmental issues and challenges, especially those affecting women in developing nations?
  3. How would the financial support from this scholarship impact you?
  4. Please provide the name and email address of a UW faculty or staff member who is able to vouch for your personal character and commitment to environmental issues (typically your advisor). References may NOT be solicited from or provided by Jim Miller, Nelson Institute Graduate Program Coordinator, Becky Ryan, Nelson Institute Undergraduate Program Coordinator, or Rob Beattie, Community Environmental Scholars Program. Your reference will be contacted to provide a statement of support.