PLAN!T NOW announces scholarships for 2011-12 school year

Beginning this month, PLAN!T NOW will offer a new scholarship to students interested in meteorology and atmospheric science.

The PLAN!T NOW Meteorologist Scholarship will be open this fall to students planning to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in meteorology. The award, created in coordination with the American Meteorological Society, will award one $10,000 scholarship award to a student who demonstrates leadership and a strong commitment to community service in addition to their educational goals.

The scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Recipients must plan to enroll full-time in undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited, four-year college or university for the entire 2011-2012 academic year. Up to 50 applications will be accepted.

PLAN!T NOW will continue to offer the PLAN!T NOW Dreamkeepers scholarship, which awards up to four $2,500 scholarships to students at community colleges who would otherwise face difficulty affording to continue pursuing their higher education goals. The PLAN!T NOW Dreamkeepers program, facilitated through Scholarship America, is part of PLAN!T NOW’s commitment to aiding students from storm-affected communities and helping them achieve their educational and career goals. Last year, the four recipients of the Dreamkeepers scholarship were students at Miami Dade College, one of the nation’s largest colleges in one of the most storm-sensitive regions.

“PLAN!T NOW’s scholarships honor not only academic aspirations and applicants’ needs, but focus on service to their communities,” PLAN!T NOW President Donna Lee said. “During their college careers and beyond, we are seeking exceptional men and women who will succeed in their fields and give back to their communities in their field of study. We know that through this excellent field of schools, our first meteorology scholarship will aid a student who will help the cause of disaster preparedness.”

More information on these scholarship offerings is available at www.planitnow.org and http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/planitnow.