We expect our Henry David Thoreau Scholars to engage in any field of study and look at it through an environmental lens. If uncertain about your undergraduate path, environmental subjects provide a framework that encompasses a variety of disciplines with great flexibility. Multidisciplinary endeavors, including dual majors and minor fields of concentration as well as study abroad programs, are just some of the opportunities available to underscore your environmental commitment. From oceanography to bioterrorism to the design of future transportation systems, environmental areas of study offer tremendous possibilities for professional discovery and personal growth. We can help you have positive impact.

Scholarship Goals

  • Increase incentive for Massachusetts high school students from diverse backgrounds to enter environmental fields.

  • Broaden student's understanding of issues that have environmental impact, in part supporting their attendance at environmental conferences as well as encouraging them to study abroad.

  • Forge collective relationships between students, faculty, and other environmental researchers who stimulate new knowledge about the dynamics of the global environment.

  • Develop a cadre of bright and committed students with the potential for future leadership in the environmental arena.

Thoreau Scholar Sophie Duncan, Wesleyan University '13, is greeted by residents of a Moroccan village. During her study program in Rabat, she researched its Slow Food movement and ways consumers get their fruits and vegetables.