1. When is the scholarship opening and deadline?
The scholarship process opens around March 15 of every year. The announcement is posted on the A&WMA Gulf Coast Chapter (henceforth abbreviated as GCC) website at https://www.awma-gcc.org/index.php/available-schols/ as soon as it opens. The application deadline is usually May 15.  

2. Who is eligible to apply?
Only undergraduate and graduate students who are admitted into a university in Texas to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or a related field are eligible. Also, students must meet certain minimum criteria, such as GPA of at least 3.00, fulltime student status, minimum ACT/SAT score of 11, etc.

Note: Students from Texas neighboring states (e.g. Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana etc.) are NOT eligible.

3. GCC stated that students pursuing a degree in Environmental Science or Engineering, or a related field are eligible. What are the eligible related fields?
The purpose of the GCC (a 501(c)(3) non-profit) is to promote better understanding of air pollution and its control, waste management, and other environmental issues such as clean water, energy, and environmental sustainability. GCC scholarships are awarded to foster and support education in every field related to this purpose with the aim of providing assistance for tomorrow’s professionals. Therefore, a related field includes but is not limited to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Atmospheric Science, Geosciences, Earth Science, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Agricultural Science, and Agricultural Engineering etc. GCC welcomes applications from students in all related fields, who are able to demonstrate their involvement and/or engagement in projects, research, volunteer activities, and/or career interests that align with GCC’s purpose.

4. What constitutes a “complete application package”?
An application is considered complete when every applicable item listed below has been received. The complete application package includes:

    • Filled out, signed and dated application form Note: Make sure that every question on the application form is answered.  If a question is not applicable, put NA.
    • Test scores
      ACT/SAT test scores are required for undergraduate students, while GRE test scores are required for graduate students. Students can submit a scanned copy of their original test scores. Note that all test scores must be included in one PDF file.
    • Official transcript(s)
      Incoming freshmen should provide high school transcripts, while undergraduate students currently enrolled in college will provide the current college transcripts (i.e., current undergraduate students are not required to submit high school transcripts). All undergraduate students transferring from one college to another must provide the transcript(s) of previous college(s). Graduate students must provide transcripts of all previous university education, in addition to the current graduate degree transcripts. For example, a PhD student should provide the bachelor’s and master’s degree transcripts, as well as the transcript of their current PhD program. GCC accepts official transcripts only. 

Note: Please see further explanation regarding official and international transcripts below.

    • 3 reference letters (graduate students only)
      Reference providers must send letters directly to the GCC Scholarship Chair by email to scholarship@awma-gcc.org. A reference provider must be someone who is not a family member and who is familiar with your academic work, volunteer activities, and/or employment.

Important: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the GCC Scholarship Chair receives the complete application package on or before the deadline. GCC accepts application packages by mail (post) or by email.

5. What is an official transcript?
A transcript is considered official if it is marked by the institution as official, even if it is downloaded by the applicant. GCC will accept an official transcript downloaded by the applicant or scanned from a paper copy issued to the applicant. All official transcripts should be legible and included in a single PDF file. For applicants with international degrees, please see additional information regarding international transcripts below.

6. What do I do if I have transcripts from universities outside of the United States?
GCC requires transcripts showing the United States equivalency of international academic degrees. Therefore, applicants with international degrees need to submit transcripts that have been verified, evaluated, and translated (if the language is not English). GCC does not and cannot verify or evaluate international transcripts. Transcripts evaluation must be conducted by reputable organizations that are current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES, see http://www.naces.org/members.html), such as World Education Services (WES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE, see http://aice-eval.org/members/ ). GCC will accept the scanned copy of the original course-by-course evaluation report provided by such reputable organizations.

7. How do I submit the complete application package?
The application form and all accompanying documents (e.g. recommendation letters, transcripts) can be sent to the GCC Scholarship Chair by email to scholarship@awma-gcc.org.

Note: GCC no longer accepts application packages – including transcripts and reference letters – by mail (post).  Please send the complete application package by email to scholarship@awma-gcc.org.  Also, reference letter providers should email their recommendation directly to scholarship@awma-gcc.org.

8. How are applicants ranked?
GCC ranks applicants based on a set of criteria that is consistently applied across all candidates. Some of the factors include an outstanding academic performance, research related to the environment, passion for the environment, interest in the environmental field, and community involvement through participation in professional organizations (such as GCC), and/or involvement in environmental activities. In addition, ensure that essays are coherent and free of grammatical, punctuation, and typographical errors.

9. How much is awarded to recipients?
The scholarship amount varies from year to year, and is subject to availability of funds. Visit the scholarship recipients’ page at https://www.awma-gcc.org/index.php/recent-recipients/ for examples of amounts awarded in a previous year.

10. Is the scholarship paid to the institution or to the students?
The GCC Scholarship is for the payment of tuition and other school fees/dues. Therefore, GCC will pay the scholarship directly to the institution. Any money left unused in a school year can be carried over to the next school year. GCC does not impose any restrictions on the semester in which the scholarship can be used.

11. Are past recipients eligible to apply in current year?
Yes. Past recipients are eligible and are encouraged to apply as long as they can demonstrate eligibility as stated above. In addition, past recipients need to demonstrate (e.g. in their essay) how the scholarship has benefited them.

12. I applied in the past and was not selected. Can I reapply?
Yes. GCC strongly encourages past applicants to reapply in the current year.

13. Have any additional questions?
For any additional question(s) not answered above, please contact the GCC Scholarship Chair at scholarship@awma-gcc.org. The email subject should be (Under)graduate Scholarship Inquiry (please indicate whether your inquiry is regarding undergraduate or graduate application).