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The Plein Environmental Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to benefit students in need of financial assistance who are pursuing a degree at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) or a Virginia public four-year university.

To see the list of eligible four-year universities, visit and click “Virginia Public Colleges and Universities”.

Each awardee will receive $5,000 for their studies, given over two semesters in one academic year. Three scholarships will be awarded per academic year. 

Eligibility for 2024-2025 Scholarship:

  • Student must be either:

    • a graduating high school senior set to attend NVCC or a Virginia four-year public university, or

    • a current student at NVCC or a Virginia four-year public university.​

  • Student must be pursuing a degree in an environmental field of study. Possible degrees include: Environmental Science, Conservation, Forestry, Biology, Urban Planning, Economics, Public Policy, or otherwise related.

  • Student must demonstrate financial need through the submission of a short written statement.

  • Student must clearly and compellingly demonstrate why they wish to pursue an environmental field of study, and how they hope to utilize their degree, through the submission of an essay.

We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year! The application deadline is April 26th, 2024. Click here to apply!

Please reach out to with any questions.

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