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NOTE: This Scholarship is currently CLOSED for Applications
To increase diversity and the number of students from underrepresented ethnic groups pursuing studies in meteorology, the National Weather Association Council in 2002 developed the David Sankey Minority Scholarship fund. The Scholarship was first awarded in 2003.
Offering: One scholarship per year in the amount of $1000. The NWA may ask the winner of the David Sankey Scholarship to present research work at a local or annual NWA meeting; the NWA may provide additional funding for required travel and accommodations for such a presentation.
Administration: The scholarship selection is administered by the NWA Education Committee. The NWA office announces the call for applications in January-February each year, applications close 15 April and the scholarship designee will be notified in late-May.
Eligibility: Any NWA Student Member that is classified as an undergraduate (going into their sophomore year or higher) or graduate student that is majoring in meteorology (or related field) may apply. If the undergraduate student is classified as a senior they must either have one more fall (Sep. - Dec.) semester to complete after the scholarship is awarded, or they must document that they have been accepted into graduate school.
Note that past recipients of the David Sankey Minority Scholarship in Meteorology are ineligible. While students are encourage to apply for multiple NWA scholarships, the NWA will not award a student multiple scholarships in any given academic year.
Award Criteria: The scholarship is awarded based on:
a) Academic achievement/merit (transcripts).
b) Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or former meteorology professor), and
c) A one page statement explaining why the applicant is applying for the David Sankey Scholarship
Logistics: Scholarship money will be transferred following the financial guidelines of the college or university involved. If there aren't any financial guidelines from the school, NWA will make the $1,000 check payable to both the student and the education institution at the beginning of the September - December semester or quarter.
About David Sankey: DAVID A. SANKEY (1946-2000) was a
member of the National Weather Association and a private pilot. David
built up a wealth of operational meteorological experience in the
private sectors. He was a mentor, a great team leader and a friend to
he met. He received a BS in Meteorology from
Application Process: The application process is completed on-line via the link below. Student copies of transcripts are acceptable. Recommendations are completed on-line as well. Scholar Select will send an e-mail to to those you select to provide recommendation with instructions on how to submit their recommendation of you. Applicants should check with the individuals that are providing recommendations that they have indeed submitted on your behalf.
Incomplete applications including lack of recommendations or legible copies of transcripts will result in the NWA's inability to evaluate your application.
Please contact the NWA office if you have questions. Telephone 405-701-5167, or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org