This year’s Earth Day theme is “Invest in our Planet.” Let’s take some time today to think of ways we can be more conscious of how we use Earth's precious resources, and what simple changes we can make to promote the health of our environment. You can celebrate Earth Day in many ways, big or small. By taking shorter showers, you can help conserve water. Riding your bike instead of driving, when possible, can help reduce pollution. Planting a tree or a garden can help clean the air we breathe. Any efforts you make, no matter how minor they may seem, will contribute to taking care of our Earth. If you’re passionate about protecting the environment, check out our featured environmental activism scholarships.
Scholarship Description: PETA is awarding prizes to students (ages 18 and over) who use their talents to save animals from exploitation by coming up with a game-changing idea that they can develop into a specific action plan or design to replace animal use. From mushroom leather and recycled ocean plastics in the clothing industry as a replacement for animal leather to placentas-on-a-chip that take the place of toxin studies in mice and monkeys, innovation knows no bounds. Applicants are asked to identify an area in which animals are still exploited and to create a potentially patentable, original idea or prototype that allows for their replacement.
Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: May 14, 2022
Scholarship Description: Earth Island Institute established this program to honor renowned environmental advocate David Brower. Youth environmental change leaders (ages 13 – 22) are encouraged to apply. Each of the six recipients of the Brower Youth Awards will receive a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about their work from an Emmy Award-winning film crew, and travel accommodations for a week-long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: June 13, 2022
Scholarship Description: This contest is a platform for young people (ages 11 – 18) to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication and become advocates for positive change. Students are invited to create Visual Art (any medium), Creative Writing, Film, Interactive & Multimedia, Performing Arts: Music & Dance, and Poetry & Spoken Word that explores their connection to water and creatively communicates the need to protect this vital resource. Students can submit entries as individuals or as a class, group, or club.
Deadline: June 25, 2023
Scholarship Description: This contest is open to students from third grade through college. Each film submission is based on one or several of the following topics: water, waste, food, transportation, energy, open space and ecosystems. All entries must be between 3 and 8 minutes in length.