Ecolab Sustainability HECUA Scholarships

Ecolab Sustainability HECUA Scholarships

Ecolab Sustainability HECUA Scholarships provide support for students with demonstrated financial need who are accepted into the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs Environmental Sustainability (HECUA ES) program.

*All HECUA programs and internships are being delivered in accordance with COVID guidelines as developed by the University of Minnesota Center for Community-Engaged Learning.


Award: Up to $2,500
Dates: Start and end dates will approximately align with the academic semester (14-15 weeks).
Program: 16 credit program includes an internship in environmental justice with a community led organization.
Number of Scholarships: Up to 2
Eligibility: Please see this page to verify eligibility for the Ecolab Scholarship. A separate application and admittance into the HECUA ES program is required for this scholarship. See more about the HECUA program, eligibility, and application below.
To Apply: From November 4 – December 4, 2020, students can apply here.

Apply now to HECUA’s Environmental Sustainability Program for Spring 2021

HECUA is a non-profit consortium of twenty-six colleges and universities. Founded in 1971, HECUA has a 50 year history of providing experiential off-campus programs in collaboration with local communities in the US and abroad. Informed by a deep respect for the knowledge of communities most impacted by injustice, HECUA’s programs envision students, teachers, and community members as co-learners and co-creators. HECUA designs credit-earning programs for college undergraduates, employing a philosophy of education that speaks openly of values of justice in our classrooms and communities. During their semester abroad or off-campus here in the United States, HECUA students build the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to be engaged citizens and active changemakers. Students apply what they learn in the classroom to their work in the field, spending up to 200 hours in a supported internship developed by their host organization. HECUA faculty and internship supervisors work as co-teachers, helping students explore the link between theory and practice.

Dr. Michelle Garvey is the new Program Director of Environmental Sustainability as of Fall 2020. Environmental Sustainability (ES) is 16 U of M credits and includes an internship with a community-led organization doing environmental justice work. Through ES, students learn how and why environmental burdens are inequitably distributed and explore the work of communities organizing for radical, lasting change. This moment in history is marked by widespread unrest due to climate change, environmental destruction, toxicity, and uneven access to life-giving natural resources. This moment also presents new opportunities for social justice and sustainability as people around the world demand both novel and time-tested approaches to systems-change. This program equips learners with tools to appreciate the histories that birthed this moment, and skills to create a liberatory future. If you are curious about the intersections of environmental and racial justice, this program could be a great fit for you.

Note: ES will be offered as a hybrid program in Spring 2021, combining in-person experiences with remote instruction to maximize hands-on learning opportunities while prioritizing health and safety.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until December 1st. The sooner you apply the sooner you will hear back from HECUA. Click here to learn more.

To learn more about HECUA and other program offerings, click here. If you are interested in learning more about the Environmental Sustainability program, contact Liza Gorman-Baer at to set up a time to meet.