Sterling College Renews Climate Justice Scholarships

climatejusticeFull and partial scholarships offered to climate change activists

October 24, 2013–Craftsbury Common, VT—Sterling College, the first college in Vermont to divest its endowment from fossil fuel extractors, announced that it was renewing its scholarship program for applicants working to address climate change.

The scholarships were initially launched for the 2013-14 academic year. This scholarship program has received global attention. Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org and author, educator, and environmentalist, has said of Sterling College: “This small college is one of the most important places in this country,” and noted that, “Any institution can announce its ideals; great ones live them out–in the curriculum, on the campus, and in the portfolio.”

Julia “Lou” Lepping ’15, one of the scholarship recipients for this year’s entering class, has devoted the past four years to climate activism, including organizing protests against mountaintop removal in Appalachia. Lepping says, “To be a leader in stopping the environmental devastation of Appalachia and beyond meant I had to get a progressive, ecologically-centered education. Sterling College is not only helping me prepare to go back to my home state and make a big difference there, but this scholarship means I can focus on my studies.”

First year or transfer applicants are eligible to apply for the single full-tuition scholarship available, renewable for up to four years of enrollment, in recognition of the leadership a student has demonstrated in climate justice activism. The College will also will award ten $5,000 to $10,000 merit scholarships to students committed to environmental stewardship.

To be considered for the Climate Justice Scholarships must apply for admission to Sterling College and are asked to submit an additional 500-word essay that describes their personal commitment to, and experience with, environmental stewardship and climate change activism.

The deadline for full consideration is March 20, 2014. For more information on applying, visit www.sterlingcollege.edu, or call the Office of Admission at 800-648-3591.

About Sterling College

Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is a leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and the liberal arts. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, and Sustainable Agriculture. Sterling College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.


Christian Feuerstein

802-586-7711 x164 • cfeuerstein@sterlingcollege.edu