Kikkoman Environmental Studies Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria
The purpose of this scholarship award is to provide financial support to undergraduate students in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Students who are planning to participate in domestic, for-credit “study away” programs (e.g., Wisconsin in Washington Program; or the Wild Rockies Field Institute; are encouraged to apply.

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.

Per the wishes of the donor, student applicants who are residents of Walworth County will be given special consideration for this scholarship.

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

Student applicants must be at least one full academic year away from graduation. Students in their final year of studies are INELIGIBLE to apply.

Donor Information
Scholarship recipients are required to write a thank you letter to Mr. Milton Neshek of Kikkoman Foods and are expected to coordinate with the Nelson Institute’s Director of Advancement & Donor Relations regarding these letters. Scholarship recipients may also be offered the opportunity to meet Mr. Neshek.

Award Information
Two $3,000 scholarships are available to be awarded to undergraduate students 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. Why did you decide to pursue an environmental studies degree or certificate?
  2. What do you think are today’s most pressing environmental issues and challenges?
  3. How will your environmental studies education help you to address these issues?
  4. How would the financial support from this scholarship impact you?
  5. If you are planning to participate in a domestic “study-away” program, please provide details of this program and your personal goals for participation. Please include the name of your program, the program's website, and the duration of the program.
  6. 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. References may NOT be solicited from or provided by 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.
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