What Does an EREF Scholarship Mean to Our Scholars?

EREF’s Scholarship Program awards PhD and Master’s students for excellence in their solid waste education, as well as seeks to instill a continued passion for the solid waste field. Since the program’s inception, EREF has funded 72 graduate students – equating to approximately $1.43 million! The support we have received over the years has allowed us to increase our scholarship spending and fund more students.

Rich Hilliard of Oregon State University and Serena Pozza and Riley Coulthard of Yale University discuss how their EREF Scholarships have impacted them.

To learn more about supporting our Scholarship Program, please click here for a brochure. To find out how to apply for a scholarship, including our next deadline, click here.

Scholar Spotlight: Shahzeen Attari

Shahzeen Attari, recipient of the 2005 Fiessinger Scholarship, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy. Her research, entitled “Global Climate Change and Human Behavior: Decreasing Energy Consumption,” focused on management methods which might be implemented in order to reduce carbon emissions per capita.

Find out more about Shahzeen’s EREF research, her published works, as well as what she has been up to since graduating in her Scholar Spotlight.

Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Research Available for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships. Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S. EREF is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available. The application deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern).

All qualified candidates will be considered for scholarships without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or disability. Applications from students outside the United States or studying abroad will receive equal consideration. Award decisions by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation and its directors are final and not subject to appeal.

More information on EREF’s scholarships, as well as a link to the scholarship application, can be found at The deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern). Please send an e-mail to or call 919.861.6876 with any questions.

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