Nelson Institute Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria
The purpose of these scholarships is to provide support to undergraduate students in the Nelson Institute who are participating in traditional (non-internship), for-credit, international study-abroad programs.

The study-abroad program must occur in the future (Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Spring 2025); these scholarships are not for in-progress or previous study-abroad programs. Preference will be given in this order: year-long study abroad, semester-long study abroad, summer study-abroad.

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.

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
These scholarship awards are made possible via private philanthropy from:

Mrs. Nancy Meyer

Mr. James A. Schleif and Mr. William H. Morley

Scholarship awardees are required to write a thank you to the scholarship donor(s) before the award will be processed. Awardees are expected to coordinate with the Nelson Institute’s Director of Advancement & Donor Relations regarding these letters.

Award Information
One $5,000 Charles G. Meyer Undergraduate Study Abroad Travel Award and one $3,500 James A. Schleif and William H. Morley Undergraduate Study Abroad Travel Award are available to be awarded to two undergraduate students during the Spring 2024 scholarship competition. Applicants are eligible to receive either the Meyer OR the Schleif-Morley scholarship; applicants may not receive both.

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,

$3,500 - $5,000
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please provide the name of your study-abroad program, the program's website, and the duration of the program.
  2. How did you decide to incorporate an international study-abroad experience into the curriculum of your environmental studies degree or certificate?
  3. How do you expect your study-abroad experience to enhance your understanding of environmental issues and challenges around the world?
  4. How would the financial support from this scholarship impact you?
  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. 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.