Rob Melnick Sustainability Scholarship

The Rob Melnick Sustainability Scholarship was established by Julie Ann Wrigley and ASU President Michael Crow, and has been additionally supported by Richard Morrison of Gilbert, Arizona, to honor the contribution of Rob Melnick to the development of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Melnick was the first Executive Director of the Institute and Executive Dean of the School of Sustainability. He also was Presidential Professor of Practice as a faculty member in the School. Melnick played a vital role in the creation and growth of the Institute and the School.

This scholarship establishes a legacy to his leadership by supporting opportunities for School of Sustainability students to understand global sustainability challenges and their potential solutions. The scholarship supports participation in a specific experience focused on global sustainability such as – enrolling in an School of Sustainability Summer Study Abroad program or a Global Intensive Experience course, conducting applied research on a sustainability challenge in a foreign country, or participating in an international conference that focuses on sustainability. Funding must be used for an in-person experience (funding cannot be used for virtual/online experiences).

  • Amount: $1,000 for an undergraduate student and $1,000 for a graduate student
  • Deadline: February 15, 2024
  • Award term: Summer 2024, Fall 2024 or Spring 2025
  • Academic level: Undergraduate or graduate
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate (junior or senior academic level) or graduate student currently and actively enrolled in an ASU School of Sustainability degree program. Must be a full-time student with a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 3.5. Scholarship funding must be used for a future activity. It cannot be used for an experience or program that has already taken place. 
  • Application essay: Describe a global experience you would like to have and how it will assist you with reaching your career goals. Responses should not exceed one page. They must describe a specific activity in which you plan to participate and what you anticipate will be key “take aways” from this experience. Identify the source(s) of additional financial resources beyond this scholarship alone that may be necessary to participate. See the application page for additional details.
  • Post-trip requirement: If the scholarship is awarded, you will be expected to submit a short post-trip statement describing your experience.
  • Reference: Please include the name of a faculty member or instructor who will write a letter attesting to your performance as a student and that briefly explains why the proposed experience would benefit you. The letter of reference must be submitted by the scholarship deadline (February 15th, 2024).