Become a Scholar

Open to students in all programs across campus, the Sustainability Scholars program provides a unique opportunity to explore interests in sustainability and develop sustainability leadership skills. In addition to the 9-credit course of study and co-curricular activities, each scholar is eligible to receive up to $3,000 to pursue a field-based experience. They can take a course offered by U-M, find one through another program, or create their own independent study project.

Students apply in January of their sophomore year, and begin the program the fall of their junior year. The deadline for applications is January 30, 2017. 

Scholars Photo Gallery


  • Scholar Marie Tysman representing the Scholars Program at Earthfest on the Central Campus Diag.


  • Scholars in ENVIRON/RCIDIV 391 (Sustainability and the Campus) conducting a waste-sort as part of their group project.


  • Graham Scholars at the house of Graham Institute Education Director Mike Shriberg for a graduation celebration.


  • Climbing the Tower at U-M’s Challenge Program as part of a senior capstone seminar on sustainability leadership.


  • Graham Sustainability Scholars in Iceland for a field course.


  • Graham Scholars Deena Etter and Jeffrey Lavine (2nd and 4th from left) on a Graham-supported field course in China studying sustainable neighborhoods.


  • Scholars Matt Friedrichs, Logan Chadde, and Avery Robinson looking smart at a graduation celebration.


  • Guided discussion at the orientation retreat at Sleeping Bear Dunes.


  • First class of Graham Sustainability Scholars at their graduation.


  • Sam Schiebold and Abby Krumbein, members of the first two cohorts of Graham Sustainability Scholars.


  • Graham Sustainability Scholars at Sleeping Bear Dunes for their orientation retreat.


  • A Graham Sustainability Scholars potluck with three cohorts.


  • Graham Scholars Lauren Beriont and Sarah Schwimmer, Graham Education Director Mike Shriberg and SNRE graduate Lindsey MacDonald join U-M President Mary Sue Coleman at the Michigan in Florida seminar.


  • Scholars Nathan Shields and Hailey Burns at the Graham Scholars orientation retreat at Sleeping Bear Dunes.


  • Graham Scholars Class of 2015 orientation.


  • Scholar Hannah Heyman (3rd from left) visiting Macchu Pichu in Peru as part of her field experience.


  • Scholars Ben Rogers and Becca Guerriero visiting each other while completing field experiences in South Africa.

How to Apply

Applications requirements:

  • Two personal statements
  • A short essay
  • Two recommendations (one from a U-M instructor)
  • A resume and a transcript (including Fall 2016 grades). 
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 is recommended, but exceptional candidates with GPAs between 3.0 and 3.25 may be considered. Anyone with a GPA below 3.0 will not be considered.

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