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The Plein Environmental Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to benefit graduating high school seniors, in need of financial assistance, who are pursuing an associate degree at Northern Virginia Community College and intending to receive admission to a four-year Virginia public university to pursue a degree in an environment-related field.

Each recipient will receive up to $15,000 ($2,500 for first and second year at NVCC and $5,000 for third and fourth year at a four-year Virginia public university), as long as the recipient continues to meet the renewal eligibility requirements.

Scholarship Eligibility:

Student must be a graduating high school senior set to attend Northern Virginia Community College, or a current NVCC student.

Student must be pursuing a two-year associate degree from NVCC with the intention of transferring to a four-year Virginia public university afterward to receive their bachelor’s degree.

Student must be pursuing a degree in an environment-related field of study. Possible degrees include: Environmental Science, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Forestry, 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 environment-related field of study, and how they hope to utilize their degree, through the submission of an essay.

Scholarship applications are currently closed. We will open applications for the 2023-2024 academic year in January, 2023 - keep an eye on this page for updates! Please reach out to with any questions.

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