Undergraduate Funding / Opportunities

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AWRI offers several funding opportunities to students interested in natural resources and the environment!

Application available winter 2021

R.B. Annis Foundation, Herbert L. VanderMey, and AWRI Undergraduate Student Internships
Spring/Summer Semester

In 2020, AWRI offered up to 7 competitive spring/summer semester 2020 internships, supported by the R.B. Annis Foundation, the Herbert L. VanderMey Endowment, and other funding sources. These internships are awarded to Grand Valley undergraduate students from any discipline who will conduct research at the Annis Water Resources Institute during their undergraduate tenure at GVSU.


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Application available through myScholarships. Deadline is March 1st each year.

Bill and Diana Wipperfurth Student Research Scholarship
Fall Semester

AWRI offers a student research scholarship made possible by a gift from Bill and Diana Wipperfurth. The Wipperfurths started this scholarship because of their love of water and wanted to support promotion of water quality, particularly in the Great Lakes. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student at Grand Valley entering either their Junior year, Senior year, or at the graduate level. Applicants must be available to conduct research at AWRI for 10 hours per week for 15 weeks in the fall 2020 semester.

Students must apply by Sunday, March 1, 2020. More information about the scholarship including application instructions, wage and research funding, and a link to the application website can be found by downloading the official Wipperfurth Scholarship announcement


Application available through myScholarships. Deadline is March 1st each year.

Dr. Ronald W. Ward Scholarship
Each Academic Year

AWRI awards this scholarship, of up to $5,000, to undergraduate students studying the sciences, engineering, math, and/or health professions at GVSU. Additional requirements include a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better (on 4.0 scale) and an ACT score of at least 24 (or SAT of at least 1100).


For more details, contact Janet Vail.

Education/Outreach Internship and Volunteers
Spring Semester

Opportunities are available to assist with the AWRI education and outreach program during spring semester. Preservice teachers can gain hands-on experience with K-12 classes in the Annis Educational Classroom at the Lake Michigan Center and on the GVSU vessels.