EAGLES Scholarship

Full STEM Ahead!

Through the EAGLES Scholarship, you can earn your degree in one of Heritage’s STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) majors: Biology, Environmental Science/Studies, Pre-Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics– with no out of pocket cost for tuition. Approximately 20 scholarships will be awarded in 2022-24. These scholarships are renewable each semester through Fall 2024 while you work towards your bachelor’s degree.

Does this sound like you? Apply today!

“I am excited to work alongside other EAGLES STEM scholars to better help protect our environment.”

“I love the environment and would like to help improve it and teach others more about the different issues that are occurring and how to possibly make changes to help out.

“I hope I can achieve this goal and get my degree not only to better myself but hopefully help the community as well.

The EAGLES Scholarship is a need- and merit-based award that, when combined with federal and state grants, covers the entire cost of attendance* at Heritage.

In addition to the financial award, EAGLES scholars receive mentorship from faculty and members of the scientific community as well as opportunities to participate in special environmental pollution research, and paid internships.

*Total maximum scholarship award is determined by a calculation of maximum need as calculated by the US Department of Education.

Application Requirements and Selection Criteria

  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 (GPAs of 2.75-2.99 may be considered under certain circumstances)
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Committed to majoring in one of the STEM studies areas (Biology, Environmental Science/Studies, Pre-Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics). Note: Medical Laboratory Science and Nursing are not eligible majors. Education is also not an eligible major.
  • Interested in summer research experiences with emphasis on environmental pollution/sustainability
  • Complete EAGLES application and submit personal commitment statement
  • Submit Heritage University application
  • Submit FAFSA and list Heritage University (003777)
  • Submit current official transcripts

Candidates will be evaluated based on a combination of demonstrated commitment to STEM studies, an interest in environmental research, and merit (GPA). Semifinalists may be asked to attend an interview.

Priority will be given to transfer students and rising sophomores (Running Start or previous college work equivalent to completion of one year of college).


The 2022-23 application period is now open! Deadline is Sunday, January 30, 2022. Late applications considered on a rolling basis as funding allows.

What have our EAGLES Scholars been doing?

Recipients of the EAGLES Scholarship have been able to secure incredible internships to put their learning to hands-on use. Here are a few examples of Summer 2021 placements:

Mayra Diaz-Acevedo, a freshman in Mathematics, was invited to join the Numerical Analysis research group for the 2021 REU at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. She worked with Dr. Treena Basu, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Occidental. Program details: http://jim-brown.oxycreates.org/REU/Oxy_REU.html

Gustavo Mendez-Soto, a freshman in Environmental Science, was selected for the Washington State University REU titled “Stakeholder-Informed Innovations in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus” The goal of this experience is to introduce undergraduates to resource management questions in the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus, and to teach strategies for testing and understanding how innovations in the FEW impact or improve coordinated, cooperative management for a more resilient and inclusive future. This is a nine-week (40hrs/week) program running from May 31 – July 30, 2021. He developed a research project working with Dr. Sasha (Richey) McLarty. Program details: https://ce.wsu.edu/faculty/dr-alexandra-sasha-richey/.

Anthony Brooks secured an internship with Portland State University under Dr. Melissa Haeffner in the Department of Environmental Science and Management. His project: NERRS Collaborative Science: Determining salt marsh restoration success using focus groups of managers and the public, and past data.

Andrea Mendoza is a sophomore EAGLES Scholar majoring in Biology. She worked full time this summer with USDA/ARS on fruit tree pest research based in Moxee with Dr. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris.

Maria Vaca spent her summer at Cowiche Canyon Conservancy building skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and applications, environmental health survey and analysis methodologies, botany fundamentals, and science communications. Blog: https://www.cowichecanyon.org/2021/07/07/my-internship-experience-by-maria-vaca/

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