Arthur B. Sacks Award for Artistic Expressions of Human and Environmental Relationships

Eligibility Criteria

This scholarship award is intended to support students who are exploring the relationship between environmental studies and the arts.

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 Emeritus Professor Arthur Sacks and Ms. Normandy Roden. Arthur is Director Emeritus of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies; he was the second person to hold this role, succeeding founding Director Reid Bryson.

Award Information
One $500 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 did you decide to incorporate art/literature/theatre/dance/music-related courses or projects into the curriculum of your environmental studies degree or research? Why did you decide to do so?
  2. How does artistic expression help to address today’s environmental issues and challenges?
  3. How would the financial support from this scholarship impact you?
  4. Applicants are encouraged to provide samples of their work/link to online portfolio.
  5. 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.