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Next-Gen Environmental Leader Scholarship

Apply for KMB's Next-Gen Environmental Leader Scholarship

Each year, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful awards a one-time annual $2,500 scholarship to a student who will be pursuing a degree in environmental studies or a related field at an accredited institution of higher learning.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student based upon their achievements and financial needs. The purpose of this scholarship is to support students who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental protection, environmental justice, or community service to improve the environmental health or sustainability of their community through engagement in one or more of the following activities:

  • Participation in a high school Green Team, environmental club, local Keep Massachusetts Beautiful chapter, or volunteer engagement with another environmental nonprofit organization during their high school years
  • Intention to pursue a degree in environmental sciences or a related field at an accredited college, university, or technical trade school
  • A minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work completed over their junior and/or senior years of high school related to environmental protection, environmental justice, or community service to improve environmental health or sustainability programs in their community

Important Note: This scholarship opportunity is open only to students who attend high school in a community that supports a certified local KMB chapter. For the 2023/2024 academic year, this includes the following communities: Ashby, Ashburnham, Attleboro, Boylston, Canton, Charlton, Framingham, Gardner, Hyde Park, Mansfield, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Attleboro, Plainville, Randolph, Rehoboth, Salem, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Stoneham, Walpole, and Worcester.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any high school senior who will be pursuing a degree at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, university, or vocational school. Scholarship awards will be announced by August 31, 2024.
  • Funds will be awarded by January 31, 2025, contingent upon proof of successful completion of a first semester of study and enrollment in a second semester. 

Scholarship Application Requirements:

  • A written recommendation from a High School guidance counselor or faculty member (email to:
  • A written recommendation from one mentor, Club Advisor, or nonprofit supervisor (email to:
  • An application essay of 500-1,000 words. Using the form below, please describe what motivated you to get involved in environmental protection, environmental justice, community service, or sustainability. Describe your role in a project or program in your school or local community and what you hope to accomplish in the future as a result of your educational degree. 

The annual deadline for submitting a scholarship application is June 30. Please use the form below to submit your application.

Previous Scholarship Grantees

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Do you attend high school in one of the towns or cities listed above?
If no, you are not eligible for this application.
First Name *
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Have you applied for any financial aid at this time?
Have you received financial aid or scholarships from any other sources?
Please limit your response to 1,000 words. If you prefer, you can email us directly at
Did you email us a separate recommendation from a high school guidance counselor, faculty member, mentor, club advisor, or nonprofit supervisor?
If no, please be sure to complete this step by emailing it to Otherwise, your application will be deemed incomplete.