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Thomas Swift Environmental Studies Scholarship - NEW! Application Deadline is May 5, 2017

The Professor Thomas Swift Endowed Scholarship was created by Professor Thomas Swift, a history professor at Sacramento State from 1966 to 1998. Professor Swift passed away September 29, 2016, at the age of 82. This scholarship is intended to support the students at Sacramento State, specifically, Environmental Studies majors. (click here for the flyer)

This is a call for Thomas Swift Environmental Studies Scholarship applications for academic year 2017-18. We are providing scholarship support up to $1,500 for one student.  Scholarships may be used for tuition, school/research supplies, and books.

 Scholarship Details:                       

  • Must be a full-time student at time of award 
  • Environmental Studies Major
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • Must be a junior or senior undergraduate
  • Financial need  may be considered but is not a requirement
  • Students must submit a completed application (click here) and provide a short essay (no more than 500 words) describing the environmental issue s/he cares about the most, his/her professional goals, and how the scholarship will help to attain those goals.

2017-2018 Thomas Swift Scholarship

Congratulations to Trieu Dong Nguyen,  our Thomas Swift Scholarship scholar for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Trieu Dong Nguyen


Patrick James Dugal Scholarship

To honor the memory of Patrick James Dugal, the Dugal family has established a scholarship for students pursuing a profession in the Environmental Studies field.

Patrick was a full-time CSUS student working toward a degree in Environmental Studies. He was a serious student who was involved in the community and had a strong commitment to environmental matters. He has been described by his professors as a bright presence, cheerful, friendly, optimistic, articulate and dedicated.  Patrick lost his courageous battle against cancer in January 2005.

We are providing scholarship support up to $5000 per student for up to two students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Submission deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017, 5pm (new deadline). See the full announcement here. 

Get the application here.

Scholarship Details:

  • Available to Environmental Studies Majors of Junior or Senior status.
  • Student must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Student must be enrolled full time at the time of award disbursement.
  • Student must submit completed application and an essay of up to 500 words describing the environmental issue s/he cares about the most, his/her professional goals, and how the scholarship will help the attainment of those goals.
  • Scholarship applications can be turned in to Amador Hall 554A.

2017-2018 Dugal Scholars

Congratulations to Amanda Wild and Mariah Ponce, our Dugal scholars for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Amanda Wild and Mariah Ponce

SSIS Peace Scholar Award

In 2015, Dean Bodvarsson initiated a Steering Committee comprised of students and faculty from SSIS (and Criminal Justice) to promote peace studies on campus and to facilitate a relationship with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, an international NGO based in Minneapolis. The dean has also been able to support both faculty and students to attend the past two years. Once again, the Steering Committee is soliciting applications from students to attend the 2017 Forum. Last year, the 9 student Peace Scholars represented 6 different departments and we once again hope to have robust participation from students in our work to bring awareness to peace studies on campus. This year, the steering committee and student organization Peace and Conflict International (PCI) will host a one day conference on human trafficking on Monday, April 24 at the Well’s Terrace Suite from 12-5pm featuring Sacramento’s based non-profits and law enforcement, and featuring a keynote address by Siddharth Kara, Director of the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at Harvard University.

Funding is available to attend the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 15-16, 2017, featuring the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize laureates of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet among numerous other notable speakers. The Forum works under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute to host an annual event that brings together “Nobel laureates, world leaders, and accomplished peacemakers with students and community members to work on building a world in which people can live full, rich, meaningful lives” and provides an opportunity for students to engage with the complex issues of peace and security across the world from those who make policy as well as those that reside in war zones. Since 2015, Sacramento State’s College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS) has been a delegate sponsor of the Forum.

Awardees must assist in promoting peace and conflict resolution on campus in future semesters and join the student club Peace and Conflict International (PCI). They may also wish to minor in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Eight Peace Scholars will be selected by the Steering Committee, up to two Peace Scholars may be selected to attend the 2018 Oslo Summer peace institute.

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