Scholarships and Grants

PitE has several funding opportunities available through the year. Many of these take the form of scholarships or grants, but there is also funding available through competitions and fellowships. 

Funding for Experiential Learning

Practical Experience Scholarships : PitE students can apply for one of these scholarships to offset the costs of their practical experience. 

Individual Academic Enrichment Funding :PitE students can request funding to support an experience that will enhance their PitE education, including honors thesis research, internships (not for credit), or independent research.

Student Group Funding : PitE students in student organizations can request funding to support participating in a conference or activity.


Udall Scholarship :   This scholarship is awarded annually to sophomore and junior students who are planning careers related to the environment, and to Native American and Alaska Native students who plan careers in health care and tribal public policy. This scholarship is administered through the LSA Honors Program.

Wallenberg Fellowship :   This fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating senior to carry out an independent project of learning or exploration anywhere in the world during the year after graduation. 


Abrams Environmental Action Challenge : this competition funds the best sustainability projects presented by students and student groups. This competition is sponsored by Wendy and Jim Abrams and the Program in the Environment.  

Year End Awards and Recognition

Outstanding PitE Student Award : This award recognizes up to two graduating PitE majors who have demonstrated both high academic achievement and dedicated service to PitE.

Outstanding GSI Award : This award recognizes an ENVIRON course graduate student instructor (GSI) who demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduates and providing exceptional learning experiences. 

PitE/SNRE Commencement Speaker : PitE invites graduating majors to become the student commencement speaker at the SNRE/PitE Commencement Ceremony. 

U-M Commencement Ceremony : Students are invited to Student Speaker Competition to give the commencement speech at the university wide commencement ceremony.

Outstanding GSI Award

Recognizing outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduates

SNRE Commencement Speaker +

Each year, one graduating PitE senior is selected to give a speech at the SNRE Spring Commencement Ceremony to an audience of PitE and SNRE faculty, graduating seniors, and their families.

Submission Process

To be considered, students must submit a draft of their speech to PitE by mid-March. Once entries have been received, the PitE Scholarship and Awards Committee will meet to review the speeches. The winning speech will:

  1. Be about 5 minutes in length (no more than 1,000 words), and
  2. Positively reflect on your growth and experiences in PitE

Deadline for Submissions

Interested PitE students must submit drafts of their speeches in March (deadline to be determined). Students must e-mail drafts to

The winner will be notified in late March, and be asked to provide a photo, and a brief bio. The chosen speaker will have until mid-April to submit a polished speech.