Students engaged in the study of sustainability may apply by July 20 for one of three $2,000 scholarships from the North Carolina Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC NC). Each winner will also be eligible to compete for an additional $1,000 “Peoples’ Choice Award.”
The scholarships are open to part-time and full-time students enrolled at an accredited college, university or technical school in North Carolina, or in the South Carolina counties of York and Lancaster. Students seeking a degree or certificate in the environmental sciences, building sciences, sustainability or aligned field of study are eligible.
USGBC NC established the scholarships in 2012 to honor the memory of member Rob Eggers in advancing the USGBC mission to “Build Green, Teach Green, and Live Green.” A devoted educator, Eggers was first person in North Carolina to secure the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) credential for neighborhood development.
Finalists will submit a one-minute video describing how they intend to achieve the USGBC mission during their career and receive free tickets to the 2015 USGBC NC Green Gala on September 18. These videos will be viewed at the Green Gala, when the “Peoples’ Choice Award” winner is selected.
USGBC is best known for establishing the LEED rating system. In North Carolina there are more than 1,800 LEED-certified buildings, over 5,700 North Carolinians with LEED credentials, and more than 300 NC based organizations who are members of USGBC. In 2014, North Carolina ranked 7th in the nation for LEED activity.
“USGBC NC knows that a more sustainable future depends on the next generation of innovative thinkers,” said executive director Emily Scofield. “That’s why we promote the academic success of these deserving students with the Rob Eggers Memorial Scholarships.”
Interested students can visit www.usgbcnc.org to review full application requirements and apply on-line.