Awards and Fellowships

Rosanna Cappellato Award in Environmental Sciences

Professor Rosanna Cappellato was instrumental in building and sustaining the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Rhodes.  This award was established to perpetuate Professor Cappellato’s memory and to promote activities that advance environmental and wildlife conservation by a Rhodes student who embodies Dr. Cappellato′s passion for studying and conserving the natural world.

Students will be selected based on the following criteria:

1) The award will be used to support continued study, research, and experiences in environmental and wildlife conservation, including relevant foreign experiences.

2) A record of outstanding work, including coursework, research, and environmental activity (at Rhodes, in the Memphis community, or at broader scales since arriving at Rhodes) that demonstrates long-term promise in environmental and wildlife conservation.

3) Sophomores and juniors who are majors in a scientific discipline and who demonstrate a focus in wildlife and environmental conservation are eligible.

Applicants should submit a two-page statement describing (1) how this award would promote the student′s activity in environmental and wildlife conservation; (2) past achievements that demonstrate continued promise in environmental conservation; and (3) a proposed budget detailing how the award of approximately $500 will be used to further the student’s involvement in environmental conservation. Students should include a CV or resume and should arrange for a faculty member or other individual to submit a supporting letter of recommendation. All materials should be submitted electronically to the Director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program by March 31. Awards will be announced at the spring awards convocation. Recipients are expected to present the outcome of their environmental experience(s) that were supported by this award to the Rhodes community during the following academic year.

Sophomore Awards in Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies & Science Program at Rhodes College has established the Sophomore Award in Environmental Science and Sophomore Award in Environmental Studies to acknowledge a sophomore Environmental Science major and a sophomore Environmental Studies major who have demonstrated a strong dedication and interest in pursuing environmental issues. The two awards will reinforce the Environmental Studies & Sciences Program’s interest in cultivating and supporting students’ environmental interests.

To apply for the award, the student must submit:

  • A personal statement (maximum length: 1 page single-spaced) that describes why the student chose to major in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, how the student has engaged in environmental issues while a student at Rhodes, and how the student plans to continue such engagement during the remainder of the student’s time at Rhodes.
  • A list of courses that the student has taken that count towards the student’s environmental major. For each course, the grade earned should be noted. At the end of the list, the student’s overall GPA and GPA in the major should be listed.

In addition, the student must arrange for a Rhodes faculty member to submit a letter of recommendation that describes the student’s dedication to environmental issues.

To qualify for the award, students must be current sophomores majoring in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of the fall semester of their sophomore year, and have been engaged in (or have plans to be engaged in) research, a creative activity, or an outreach/community enrichment program that clearly addresses environmental issues broadly defined to include (but not limited to): environmental law, environmental justice, environmental economics, environmental policy formulation, environmental impact assessment, environmental education, environmental engineering, environmental arts, and environmental science.

All application materials (personal statement, list of courses, and letter of recommendation) should be submitted electronically to the director of the Environmental Studies & Sciences Program by March 31. Nominations will be reviewed by faculty in the Environmental Studies & Science Program and the award will be announced at the annual Awards Convocation.

Senior Awards in Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

Rhodes College believes that learning is a life-long pursuit. In support of this ideal, the Environmental Studies & Science Program at Rhodes has established the Senior Award in Environmental Science and Senior Award in Environmental Studies to recognize the accomplishments of graduating seniors in environmental fields of study. The two awards will reinforce the Environmental Studies & Sciences Program’s interest in the continued development of our Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors.

To apply for the award, the student must submit:

  • A personal statement (maximum length: 2 pages single-spaced) that includes:
    • A description of how the student has been engaged in environmental issues both in and outside the classroom while at Rhodes College;
    • A reflection on how the student will put to use the ideas learned as an Environmental Science or Environmental Studies major at Rhodes as the student pursues long-term career goals;
    • A description of what the student plans to do during the upcoming 12 months, and how these plans relate to the student’s long-term career goals. If plans have not yet been finalized, the student should list any programs, internships, or jobs for which the student has applied, and how these opportunities relate to the student’s long-term career goals.
  • A resume or a curriculum vitae that includes, at a minimum, the student’s name; major; major GPA and overall GPA as of the end of the fall semester; a section that lists specific environmentally related involvements (research, internships, volunteer positions, creative activities, policy initiatives, student groups) that the student has been a part of while at Rhodes College; and the name of the faculty member who will provide a letter of recommendation.

In addition, the student must arrange for a Rhodes faculty member to submit a letter of recommendation that explicitly identifies the student’s participation in the Environmental Program at Rhodes and dedication to environmental issues.

To qualify for the award, students must major in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of the fall semester of their senior year, and have been engaged in research, a creative activity, or an outreach/community enrichment program that clearly addresses environmental issues broadly defined to include (but not limited to): environmental law, environmental justice, environmental economics, environmental policy formulation, environmental impact assessment, environmental education, environmental engineering, environmental arts, and environmental science.

All application materials (personal statement, resume or curriculum vitae, and letter of recommendation) should be submitted electronically to the director of the Environmental Studies & Sciences Program by March 31. Nominations will be reviewed by faculty in the Environmental Studies & Science Program and the award will be announced at the annual Awards Convocation.

Cary Fowler ’71 Environmental Studies Fellowship

Rhodes College, in collaboration with the Global Crop Diversity Trust, offers an annual 12-month “Fowler Fellowship” to a graduating Rhodes student at the Crop Trust. The Fowler Fellowship, made possible by the generosity of Steve and Riea Lainoff, provides the opportunity for recent graduates to develop an understanding of the Crop Trust’s work and the issues associated with genetic resources conservation.

The Fowler Fellowship will be for a period of twelve months, with a start date of August 1st and the position will be located in Bonn, Germany. The total funding including the salary, a stipend for health insurance, and the travel and moving allowance is $50,000 for the year. The Crop Trust will assist the Fellow with obtaining the required residence certificate, providing housing information, and finding an acceptable health care plan.

The qualifications that will be considered in the application process include, but are not limited to, the following. The ideal candidate:

  • Has just completed an undergraduate degree at Rhodes College, preferably in the area of environmental studies or environmental sciences. Additional coursework in business administration, finance and economics is desirable.
  • Has excellent research, writing and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving;
  • Can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Has advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.); and
  • Has a demonstrated interest in the work of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and an interest in issues relating to biodiversity conservation and food security.

To apply for the Fowler Fellowship, graduating Rhodes students must submit a completed application packet by January 31. The application packet requires submission of the following documents:

  • A two-page Letter of Interest – this letter should address the following:
  • Your motivation for applying
  • Summary of your qualifications and experience with an indication of how you meet the terms of reference and competencies for the position;
  • Description of previous work experience and coursework that is relevant to this internship;
  • How this Fellowship relates to your future career goals;
  • Your resume (including current residence address, telephone and email address).
  • Nomination form from a Rhodes professor

For more information on the Fowler Fellowship and to receive an application packet, contact the Director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program.