Ben Avery Scholarship

Opportunity Type: 
Number of Positions Available: 

1 or 2

Location of Opportunity: 
On Campus
Host Department/Organization: 

Arizona Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and Peabody Energy

Opportunity Description: 

The goal of the Ben Avery Scholarship is to assist college sophomores, juniors and seniors in their pursuit of a degree in a natural resource-related field and assist them to gain practical knowledge regarding land stewardship. To achieve this, the Arizona Chapter of the SWCS offers the Ben Avery Scholarship. The SWCS will also provide scholarship recipients with assistance in obtaining hands-on experience through internships, volunteer programs and employment opportunities. In addition, the Soil and Water Conservation Society will assist university students in establishing collegiate chapters of the SWCS. The sponsors of the scholarship hope the recipients of the Ben Avery Scholarship will be employed and work to conserve the State of Arizona’s natural resources.

One $2,000 scholarship will be distributed for this academic year, with the opportunity for an additional candidate to receive a $1,500 scholarship, should there be a worthy applicant. Applications are to be postmarked by May 13, 2019 and the awarded money will be distributed to your college or university registrar’s office for the fall semester of 2019. A committee will review the applications. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by mid-June. Scholarship checks will be disbursed to the College/University in which the student is enrolled in August. The SWCS requests that scholarship recipients maintain contact with the Arizona Chapter until their initial employment position.

Mentorship and Supervision: 

Who Are The Sponsors?

The Ben Avery Scholarship is sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), the Ben Avery Family, and Peabody Energy. Contributions to this scholarship fund have been made by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, the Ben Avery Family, SWCS members, and private donors.

The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is an internationally recognized organization that serves as an advocate for the conservation profession and for science-based conservation policy. Chapters all over the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean carry out activities at the local, state, and provincial levels and on university campuses. The members of the Arizona Chapter have placed education as its priority. The Ben Avery Scholarship is an important component of this priority. The disbursement of scholarships will further its mission by promoting careers in natural resource related fields.

Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining and clean coal solutions. Peabody’s operations in the U.S. Southwest have earned numerous honors for industryleading efforts to restore mined lands in a way that also preserves cultural heritage. Respect for the natural world and the communities in which we operate are core to Peabody Energy’s approach to environmental stewardship, responsibility, and achievement.

Paid Position: 
How to apply: 

Who Can Apply? Students meeting the following criteria may apply for the Ben Avery Scholarship:

- Must be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year Arizona College or University, the year the scholarship is awarded.

- Classified as sophomore who has successfully completed 24 credit hours, junior or senior in the year the scholarship is awarded.

- Major in a natural resource related field (i.e. soil science, range management, wildlife management, hydrology, forestry, etc.).

- Have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 documented on the transcripts.

What Is Needed To Apply? Students interested in applying should submit the following to the Arizona Chapter of SWCS. Applications with all required information are due to the Arizona Chapter of SWCS Postmarked no later than May 13, 2019. Applications will be considered complete upon receipt of all items listed below:

- Cover letter

- Transcripts (may be unofficial).

- Proof of current enrollment (official schedule of spring 2019 classes).

- Resume, describing work experience, honors, awards, professional memberships, activities, and natural resource organizations or clubs.

- Two letters of reference, one from College or University for academic performance, and one from outside College or University (not family) for character reference (please provide phone numbers).

- Answers to the following three questions, one question per page, each question not to exceed one page:

1. What is the most important natural resource concern in your region and why?

2. How do you currently work with natural resources in your daily life, school, and other activities?

3. How will your natural resource degree apply to your career choice?

For more information: 

Email for more information

Send applications to the adress below:

Arizona Chapter SWCS

c/o Claire Wendt

1401 N. Inverrary Way

Flagstaff, AZ 86004