Ecolab Student-Initiated Sustainability Leadership Projects

Ecolab Student-Initiated Sustainability Leadership Projects

Ecolab Sustainability Scholarships are available for students who demonstrate financial need who also apply for the IonE Undergraduate Leadership Program. The leaders will work on projects that are related to the IonE Environment’s Impact Goals around sustainable land use, clean drinking water, and building a carbon neutral future. Applicants are encouraged to indicate their first and second choices among the existing projects listed on the IonE Undergraduate Leaders website  to work during the academic year. Students may also propose their own projects within the scope of IonE impact goals. We welcome students to work in groups as well as individually.

Students applying for Ecolab Scholarships should be able to start their project in the Fall of 2020, commit 120 hours to it, and complete it by May 2021. Selected applicants will be supported through the IonE Undergraduate Leaders program with monthly cohort meetings, and periodic coaching with the program team during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Undergraduate Leaders Program (Full Academic Year)

Award: Up to $1500
Application Opens: August 14, 2020
Application Deadline: September 15, 2020

Application Process: Apply at the IonE Undergraduate Leaders program page

Only students from the Twin Cities campus are eligible to apply for this award.

Complete the online application form by September 15, 2020.

Candidates may be asked to participate in an online interview as part of the selection process.

Selected candidates for both Ecolab scholarship and the IonE Undergraduate Leadership Program will be notified by the first week of October, 2020.  

Scholarship recipients will receive the scholarship funding when starting the project. 

Questions about any of these scholarships can be sent to

Questions about the IonE Undergraduate Leaders program can be directed to Fatima Tufail at

See responses to common questions on the FAQ page.

*Due to COVID-19, all meetings will be conducted online, except for the Kick-off meeting which is currently planned to be outdoors with physical distancing, but will be adjusted according to weather and the relevant safety guidelines at the time.

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