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New funding opportunities for LR sustainability studies students
New funding opportunities for LR sustainability studies students

Funding opportunities have been made available to prospective and current students through Lenoir-Rhyne University's Master of Science in Sustainability Studies program.

Beginning this summer, a newly established fellowship in permaculture study and practices will be available through a gift from an anonymous donor. This fellowship opportunity builds upon existing fellowships offered through LR's Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources.

"Lenoir-Rhyne is thankful for the donors and community leaders who help support the University in its mission to further develop Asheville as a regional leader in sustainability," said Dr. Fred Whitt, University president. "With this new funding, our students will have additional opportunities for research projects that provide invaluable hands-on experiences."

Fellowship in Permaculture Study and Practices

The fellowship in permaculture study and practices includes funding for the study of sustainable materials in building, sustainable waste management practices, sustainable energy, sustainable forestry, sustainable food, farming, and gardening practices, as well as other related efforts. Students intending to pursue these areas of study through the sustainability studies graduate program are encouraged to apply. Fellowships can also be used to support graduate studies projects focused on these areas.

"The fellowship can provide students with meaningful insights aimed at improving social, economic, environmental, and cultural dimensions of sustainability," said Keith McDade, Ph.D., associate professor of sustainability studies and director of the Reese Institute for Conservation on Natural Resources. "Not only will these fellowships make education more affordable, but they are likely to enhance the competencies and effectiveness of the students who participate."

Funds provided through the anonymous gift will also be used to support:

  • -a graduate level course in permaculture.
  • -speakers, exhibits, and events related to sustainability and permaculture.
  • -post-graduate support for research and outreach related to permaculture and sustainability practices.
  • -job placement related to sustainability and permaculture in North Carolina.

Students who are awarded fellowships will receive tuition for up to six credit hours of school a semester. Awards are designed as first-semester and last-semester funding opportunities and are contingent upon acceptance into the sustainability studies graduate program.

The application deadline for fall admission in the Master of Science in Sustainability Studies program is August 1.

To apply for a Fellowship in Permaculture Study and Practices, send a resume and one to two page essay detailing an interest in permaculture study and practices and objectives for education in sustainability studies, to keith.mcdade@lr.edu and copy Kohl Friery, assistant director of enrollment management, at Kohl.Friery@lr.edu. For questions call McDade at 828.407.4276.

Reese Institute Fellows program

The Reese Institute Fellows program is offered through LR's Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources, and provides a unique opportunity for students to develop valuable skills as a professional in the field of sustainability.

Through the program, students will be involved with many resume-building projects, providing hands-on experience in designing, developing, and implementing sustainability initiatives that have real world applications. Students will work collaboratively and independently to develop the key competencies employers seek in sustainability professionals.

"The Reese Fellowship is designed to help sustainability students develop the skills and knowledge needed to transform communities, businesses, and themselves," McDade said. "The fellowship also helps students develop the strong support networks needed to move forward on the path toward sustainability."

Two fellowship opportunities are available during the fall 2018 semester for students enrolled in three or more credit hours in the Master of Science in Sustainability Studies program. Qualified fellows will receive a $600 - $1,800 tuition reduction as compensation for 45 - 120 hours of sustainability-related work over the course of a semester.

The Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources was made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Tom Reese and functions on both the Hickory and Asheville campuses.

To apply for a Reese Institute Fellowship, send a cover letter and resume to McDade at keith.mcdade@lr.edu and copy Susy Chandler, Asheville Center affairs coordinator at susy.chandler@lr.edu. For questions call McDade at 828.407.4276.