New Leopold Center Sustainability Scholarship Open for Iowa Undergraduates

Junior and senior undergraduates at Iowa four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals for sustainability scholarships offered by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. 

The Leopold Center Sustainability Scholarship Program will provide awards of up to $1,000 to fund selected proposals for sustainability projects or activities related to sustainability in all its dimensions in the context of agriculture, food, natural resources and related topics.

The program is made possible by private donor funds supporting the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Additional scholarships will be provided by private donor funds supporting the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; scholarships from these funds will be awarded to eligible juniors and seniors from among the 25 majors in the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Leopold Center Sustainability Scholarships are provided as a planned learning and active participation experience for undergraduate students interested in the broad area of sustainability. The scholarships will support students seeking to gain experience that nurtures their knowledge of the big-picture aspects of sustainability. 

Through this learning experience, students will be able to encounter the principles and concepts of sustainability through a planned learning activity and propose how they will use that knowledge in future life experiences, working with a faculty mentor. Students also will develop an understanding of the complex realities of applying sustainability to real-world situations. 

Steps to Apply: 

1. Identify and connect with a faculty mentor at the student’s educational institution. Establish a mentor/mentee relationship. 

2. Conceive and develop a planned sustainability proposal and plan (proposals can be defined educational, research or work projects, attendance at a meeting of relevant interest or other bona fide educational opportunity. Proposals can be related to agriculture, food, natural resources or related topics. 

3. Proposals should provide contact information for both the student and the mentor (funds will be distributed to selected proposals through the mentor and their institution for use by the student). Proposals should be 2-4 pages in length and include a budget on how the scholarship funds will be used. 

4. Submit the proposal (signed by both the student and mentor) to Mark Rasmussen, Director, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture,

5. Use the term scholarship in the submission email subject line. 

6. Deadline for submission is Feb. 15, 2020. 

7. Selected proposals will be notified by April 15, 2020, for completion and signing of a funding contract. Funds will be distributed for use at any time after the awards are confirmed and processed.  

8. A final report of activities and learning experience will be required upon completion.

9. Questions can be directed to Mark Rasmussen,