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American Meteorological Society

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is a professional and scientific organization that promotes education in atmospheric sciences and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences, as well as the development and advancements of these sciences. Founded in 1919 by Charles Franklin Brooks, AMS has over 14,000 members, including students, professionals, and those interested in weather.

AMS’s mission is to serve the field of atmospheric science, as well as oceanic and hydrologic sciences by helping furthering the education of students through its scholarship program, and by providing information about the developments and advancements in atmospheric sciences and its related sciences. AMS offers two professional certification programs including the Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) program; and, the Radio & Television Seal of Approval. AMS also funds 12 annual conferences, provides a number of services for its members, and publishes nine scientific journals which are available online and in print.

In addition, AMS offers a few student scholarships and fellowships to support students interested in pursuing a career in atmospheric sciences, oceanic sciences, hydrologic sciences, and related fields. This article focuses on these awards, along with requirements for each.

Scholarships Offered by American Meteorological Society

The AMS/Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll in a degree program in atmospheric and related sciences. Requirements for this award are as follows: applicants must be U.S. citizens, or hold permanent residency status; and, students must be incoming freshmen at an accredited institution, enrolled full-time. Award recipient is determined based on academic performance, national test scores, written essay, and letters of recommendation. All documents, including an application form, letters of recommendation, SAT/ACT test scores, and high school transcripts should be mailed to: AMS, ATTN: Freshman Scholarship Program, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. Recipients receive a $5,000 stipend which is distributed in increments of $2,500 for the freshman year, and another $2,500 for the sophomore year.

The AMS Undergraduate Named Scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students in their final year of college, with a minimum grade point average of 3.25, pursuing a degree program in atmospheric sciences or a related sciences field. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold permanent residency status to apply. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, copies of official transcripts, and three written references to the following address: AMS Scholarship Program, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. Note: Application form and written references are accepted via email to: dsampson@ametsoc.org. Recipient is determined based on undergraduate academic achievements and recommendations. Award amounts and quantity of scholarships awarded vary each year.

AMS offers the AMS/Industry Minority Scholarship which is dedicated to students from underrepresented ethnic and/or minority groups such as, Native American, African American, and Hispanic, as well as women, and disabled students. This award is a two-year scholarship which provides $3,000 for a 9-month period in the recipient’s freshman year; and, an additional $3,000 for a 9-month period during the recipient’s sophomore year. Award disbursement for the sophomore year depends on the recipient’s freshman year academic record. To be considered for this scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens, or hold permanent residency status, while attending an accredited institution located in the United States.

AMS also awards the AMS Industry/Government Graduate Fellowships to qualifying graduate students in their first year of graduate studies. This fellowship is sponsored by government agencies as well as industry leaders to provide financial support for graduate students pursuing a career in atmospheric sciences, or related sciences. Students must possess a minimum grade point average of 3.25, be U.S. citizens or hold permanent residency status, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution located in the United States. To be considered, students are required to submit three letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, and official transcripts to: AMS Fellowship Program, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. Note: Application form and letters of recommendation are accepted via email to: dsampson@ametsoc.org. Award is based on letters of recommendation, academic performance, and GREscores. Recipients are awarded a $23,000 stipend for a 9-month period. In addition, recipients receive a partially paid travel stipend to attend the annual AMS meeting.

The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award in Meteorology awards a $1,000 stipend to college students interested in meteorology by submitting an original paper on a topic relating to atmospheric sciences. Only two students from the same institution can compete in this contest. To be considered, applicants must submit the original paper, along with three additional copies, a letter of application, a letter of confirmation from a faculty member regarding the originality of the paper, and a 250-word summary of the paper. Deadline is in June. All materials need to be mailed to: AMS, Macelwane Award, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-3693. Applicants’ materials are evaluated during the summer. Recipients are awarded in the fall at the beginning of the new school year.

Things to Note about American Meteorological Society

In addition to the above student scholarships, the American Meteorological Society also offers student travel grants. Student travel grants are offered to Society members looking to attend the conferences, regardless if they are presenting a research paper or not. Travel grants typically cover hotel accommodations, a round-trip flight, and the conference registration fee.

The Student Assistant Program is dedicated to students interested in assisting with the annual meeting. Duties may include registration, setting up exhibits, and handling audio visual needs. AMS pays for the student’s hotel accommodations, meeting registration fee, and provides a small food allowance. NOTE: Travel expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Contact Information for American Meteorological Society

American Meteorological Society
45 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3693
PH: (617) 227-2425
FAX: (617) 742-8718

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