Ecolab Student-Initiated Sustainability Leadership Projects

Ecolab Student-Initiated Sustainability Leadership Projects

These scholarships support students who need funding to free themselves up to spend time leading projects to address environmental grand challenges. Projects can be led on or off campus, but student applicants must identify a UMN Faculty or staff person who is able to serve as project advisor. The project advisor will be asked to provide guidance to the student during the project and complete a brief evaluation of the student’s project.

*Due to COVID-19, all Spring 2021 projects must be conducted remotely.

Student-Initiated Leadership Projects

Award: Up to $1500

Number of Scholarships: TBD

Application Process: 

  • First, students must have a project advisor to coach/mentor the project.
  • Students applying for Student-Initiated Sustainability Leadership Projects should be able to start their project in early January, and be able to complete them by early May.
  • Projects should be well-planned and of reasonable scope for the time allotted.

To Apply: From November 4 – December 4, 2020, students can apply here.


Questions about any of these scholarships can be sent to

See responses to common questions on the FAQ page.

I have been interested in working to promote sustainability for several years, and have attempted to incorporate this desire into everything I do at the University of Minnesota because I believe that this is extremely relevant to our future.

Clara Holder