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Vermont Law School Announces Energy and the Environment Scholarship

December 20, 2013

Energy and the Environment Scholarship

The Energy and the Environment Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) student who promises to pursue a career in energy and environmental public service. This scholarship is intended for students who wish to devote at least the first two years of their career to working for a public sector or public interest organization in the energy field.

Each year the Environmental Law Center's Institute for Energy and the Environment selects a scholar based on three criteria: commitment to reducing the energy sector's impact on the environment, academic excellence, and potential for leadership.  The Scholar receives partial to full tuition for the MERL degree, an externship stipend, and special programming that supports future energy leaders by providing experiential, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

We define energy and environmental public service to encompass policy positions with government, non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurship, and public power organizations whose mission includes working on reducing the energy sector's impact on the environment.

The Energy and the Environment Scholar's program includes:

  • Partial to full tuition for the MERL degree
  • A stipend to complete a public service externship
  • Attendance at the public lecture series sponsored by the Environmental Law Center
  • Academic advising on courses designed for leadership in energy and the environment advocacy
  • Invitation to monthly informal dinners or events with energy and environmental professors, alumni, professionals and other ELC scholars
  • Offer of a Research Associate position at the Institute for Energy and the Environment

Scholars are required to remain in good academic standing.


Application and Selection Process:

In addition to the MERL application, Energy and the Environment Scholars must:

1) submit an additional letter of recommendation that addresses applicant's commitment to energy and environmental public service;

2) submit a short energy and the environment essay not to exceed 800 words. Discuss your interest and commitment to reducing the energy sector's impact on the environment, the experiences that have most significantly influenced your goals, or any other points relevant to your qualification for the scholarship.

3) Complete your entire application for the MERL and the scholarship by April 15, 2014. We will notify those selected for interviews by May 9, 2014. Interviews will be conducted on or around May 15, 2014 via Skype or in person. Scholarship offers are expected to be made by May 30, 2014. Scholars have the opportunity to visit VLS on Saturday, June 14. **Finalists will be expected to respond within three business days after the VLS visit day. Applicants should plan to attend other schools' admitted student days, and gather whatever other information they need, in order to make a decision about the scholarship as early as June 17.