Ecolab Scholarships for Student-Initiated Leadership Projects

Ecolab Scholarships for Student-Initiated Leadership Projects

These Ecolab 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 Fall 2021 projects must be conducted remotely.

Student-Initiated Leadership Projects

Award: Up to $1,500

Application Opens: April 19, 2021
Application Deadline: May 19, 2021

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 September, and be able to complete them by early December.
  • Projects should be well-planned and of reasonable scope for the time allotted.

To Apply: From April 19 – May 19, 2021, students can apply here.

*Spring Semester internship applications will open in November. Check back for more information.

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