RESF expects to award sixteen scholarships in 2024 based upon academic merit, accomplishments in the field, and demonstrated interest.
Three individual scholarships are reserved for a community college student, an undergraduate student, and an early graduate student, respectively. Two scholarships have a preference for Native American or Alaskan Native students and are not restricted to OR or WA. The remaining scholarships are available to students at any level, and at least three of these scholarships will be awarded to first-generation college students, students with disabilities as defined by the ADA, and/or students from underrepresented or historically marginalized groups (including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities).
Each scholarship is a cash award of $2500 with no strings attached. Qualifications and submission requirements are below. We award scholarships on an equal opportunity basis, consistent with the restrictions above.
Eligibility and Criteria
Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students studying and preparing for careers in support of renewable energy and the decarbonization of our energy systems. There are no constraints on fields of study which can include science, engineering, law, business, public policy, social sciences, etc.
Areas of study and focus include:
all forms of renewable energy
grid evolution, modernization, energy storage, and flexibility
electrification to replace fossil fuels
Students are eligible for the scholarship if they are studying:
at any college or university in Oregon or Washington
at any college or university, and are from Oregon or Washington
at any college or university and they are Native American or Alaskan Native
Criteria considered by the Selection Committee (not necessarily in order of importance) include academic performance, contributions to research, publications and presentations, demonstrated experience with and/or knowledge of field of study, essay content and writing quality, commitment to the field including inspiring, supporting and educating others, and service.
Students who have won Honorable Mentions are strongly encouraged to apply again. Students who won scholarships while at community college may apply again if they transfer to a four-year institution; students who won as undergraduates are eligible to apply as graduate students. However, in general, applications will not be considered from a student who has already received a scholarship at that same level.
Pursuant to these requirements, applicants must submit:
A letter (not to exceed 3 pages) detailing your interests, academic pursuits, and career goals directed towards the field of renewable energy.
Academic transcripts (unofficial OK)
Two letters of recommendation, sent directly from the writer.
If you would like to be considered for a Diversity Scholarship, please include an extra page indicating how you qualify for that scholarship and describing any way (positive or negative) your specialness has affected your life/studies.
If you would like to be considered for the Morris or BNSF Scholarships for Native Americans or Alaskan Natives, please indicate your tribal affiliation.
Applicants may also include information about any awards, internships or other distinctions which demonstrate accomplishments in renewable energy.
DEADLINE for the application is February 15. We hope to have awards announced by April 30.
Application materials and letters sent by email are easier to forward to our selection committee, please use this address.
Sir Fraser Stoddart Scholarship
One student will receive a scholarship donated by Sir Fraser Stoddart, Professor at Northwestern University and 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Learn more about Sir Fraser Stoddart.
Hon. Jeff Morris Scholarship
Potential recipients must be enrolled members of US recognized Native American or Alaskan Native Tribes. Among equal candidates, preference will be given to Alaskan Natives and Washington State tribal members. See "About" page to learn more about Jeff.
Daimler Trucks North America Scholarship
One student will receive a scholarship donated by the Daimler Trucks North America. Click on the logo to learn more about them!
Linda Nettekoven Scholarship
One community college student will receive a scholarship honoring Linda Nettekoven, in recognition of her extensive volunteer efforts on issues improving the quality of life for neighborhoods across Portland. Preference to a female student. Learn more about Linda Nettekoven.
Cascade Energy Scholarship
One student will receive a scholarship sponsored by Cascade Energy. Click on the logo above to learn more about them. A successful candidate will be a member of an underrepresented or historically marginalized group (including but not limited to LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, and BIPOC) or have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and/or leadership in working with underrepresented groups, through school, employment, community service, or other involvement.
Schneider Electric Foundation Scholarships
Two students will receive scholarship donated by the Schneider Electric Foundation. Click on the logo above to learn more about them. Successful candidates will be members of underrepresented or historically marginalized groups or have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and/or leadership in working with underrepresented groups, through school, employment, community service, or other involvement.
William Kamkwamba Scholarship
William was a13-year-old boy in Malawi when he figured out how to build a wind turbine from materials readily available in his remote village, as told in the book and movie "The Boy who Harnessed the Wind." He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 and is the co-founder of Moving Windmills, "inspiring innovative solutions to African problems. A space where innovators from across the globe can come and collaborate together." Scholarship provided by anonymous donor.
Eunice Newton Foote Scholarship
Eunice Newton Foote was the first person ever to demonstrate that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. Not a professional scientist, she did experiments in her house in the mid 1800’s. Here's a nice article about her. Scholarship provided by anonymous donor.