Ethnoecology Field TripScholarships & Grants

Thomas Swift Environmental Studies Scholarship
Spring 2019 Application Deadline: TBD

The 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 students at Sacramento State who are majoring in Environmental Studies. 

This is a call for Thomas Swift Environmental Studies Scholarship applications for academic year 2019-20. We are providing scholarship support up to $2,000 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 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.Click here for the Thomas Swift Scholarship application.

Submit complete application to AMD 554A by TBD

2017-2018 Thomas Swift Scholarship Winner

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 2018-2019 academic year. Submission deadline is TBD for Spring 2019. Flyer will be available Spring 2019. 

Application will be available; TBD.

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 Scholarship winners

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

Amanda Wild and Mariah Ponce

Other General Scholarships Available:


Joe Serna Memorial  and Joe Serna Student Leadership Initiative Scholarships 

The Serna Center invites students to apply to the Joe Serna, Jr Memorial and Student Leadership Initiative scholarships. Click on the link below for the applications. The scholarship awards range from $2,000 - $2,500. Applications are open to all students, including undocumented AB 540 and DACA students. The deadline to apply is TBD

Joe Serna Memorial Scholarship Application (Available Soon)

Joe Serna Student Leadership Initiative Scholarship Application (Available Soon)

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program 

Application deadline of February 8, 2019  to apply to the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program ( at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years. Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water. We focus our efforts on serving college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with two years of college left at a stage when we can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate. Students who attend or are transferring to any four-year institution in the US, its territories and Native nations are eligible. Although we do support DACA students, international students are not eligible.
During the first year Scholars participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors. During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies. A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Our Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.I hope you will share our program information with faculty, eligible students, and others in your professional and community networks. Applications for the 2019 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 8, 2019.
For more information, visit or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings,