A goal of the Sustainability Scholars Program is to increase diversity in sustainability-related programs at Virginia Tech. As such, applications from students who identify with minority groups currently underrepresented at Virginia Tech and from first-generation college students are of particular interest.

Program Components

The program runs for an academic year, with completion in the spring.

  • Stipend for experiential learning
  • LDRS 1015 during Fall 2019 will be offered at the following times:
    • Tuesdays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
    •  Wednesdays, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

For students who have already completed LDRS 1015:
Completion of LDRS 1015-Exploring Citizen Leadership is a requirement for participating in the Sustainability Scholars Program. If a student has already completed LDRS 1015 prior to enrollment in the Sustainability Scholars Program, the student still must complete some selected assignments and participate in designated recitation classes. The student may also choose to participate in the course online or choose to repeat the course. If you have already completed LDRS 1015 prior to becoming a Sustainability Scholar, please contact Dr. Curt Friedel to help determine the best option with respect to the student’s academic program of study. 

  • 1 credit seminar, spring semester; ALS 2984 will be required for all scholars to take during the spring 2020 semester

The Sustainability Scholars Seminar is a 1 credit pass/fail course designed to complement the individualized academic pursuits of students in the Sustainability Scholars program.  The primary goal of this course is to provide an overview of key competencies aligned with concepts of sustainability and to create a common understanding of sustainability within the cohort.

Application Information

  • Open to all first-year, sophomore, and junior undergraduate students from all departments
  • Interest in undergraduate research, internship, and study abroad opportunities
  • Required Application Materials
    • Name and contact information for references
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Potential advisors
    • Personal Statement (500-word maximum): Provide your personal definition of sustainability. Explain your interest in the Sustainability Scholars Program. What would you like to learn more about as a potential Sustainability Scholar? Do you have any current or future goals related to sustainability?   
Applications for Fall 2020 coming soon!     

Contact the Sustainability Scholars Program

Kayla Harris
Graduate Research Assistant
kaylamh@vt.edu