Application Procedure

Interested applicants should complete the online application. Upon receipt of the completed application, the Foundation’s scholarship committee will review the applications and, following their recommendation, scholarships are awarded by the Board of Directors.

2022 Scholarship application deadline:

Deadline is April 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm (eastern)

All applications must be completed by this deadline. Any incomplete applications as of the deadline will not be considered. Notifications regarding award status will be sent mid to late August.

Important Note: Your advisor/reference will NOT receive instructions explaining how to submit a recommendation form until you either save your application and send a request, or submit your application.

Scholarship awards will begin in September 2022. As a result, students graduating in December 2022 are ineligible to apply.

Click here to access the application.

Please complete the online application and answer all questions fully. In addition to the online application form, please upload the following documents saved as ONE PDF document:

  1. Scholarship application form: Download and complete the PDF version of this form.
  2. College transcripts: These do NOT have to be official transcripts.
  3. Autobiographical statement (500 words or less). Your statement must describe the following: how you got interested in solid waste or related topics, such as sustainability or environmental awareness; any experience you have in solid waste or related topics; any community service or volunteer activities you have performed; your career goals; any additional talents/interests you have that make you stand out as a candidate for an EREF scholarship.
  4. Research Statement (500 words or less): Please write a discussion of your research topic that includes project objectives and the work’s relevance to the advancement of solid waste management.
  5. CV or resume

All submissions must be in English and must be made online. Hard copies and e-mailed materials will not be accepted. You will be asked for the following information/materials:

  • Contact Information
  • Career Interests
  • College Information
  • Tuition and Living Expenses, as well as Other Sources of Funding
  • GRE Scores (optional)
  • GPA
  • College Academic Honors and Extracurricular Activities
  • College Transcripts (they do not need to be official) in PDF format
  • Resume (if you have professional working experience) in PDF format
  • Autobiographical Statement (less than 500 words) that includes your career goals and any talents/interests
  • Research Statement – discussion of your research topic (less than 500 words) that includes project objectives and the work’s relevance to the advancement of solid waste management
  • Recommendations – the contact information of 3 individuals who can comment on your academic or career performance and your potential for future success. These individuals will be required to submit a recommendation form by the application deadline. Recommendation form requests will be sent through the online application once you have submitted your application. You can also send them if you save your application and hit the “send letter request” button.  The email you send will include additional instructions for your recommender.

All qualified individuals will be considered for EREF 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.

Questions? Please send an e-mail to or call 919.861.6876, Ext. 111