PLAN!T NOW Undergraduate Hurricane Relief Scholarships


As a means of improving hurricane preparedness in high-risk regions in the United States, PLAN!T NOW is awarding yearly undergraduate scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to three college students adversely impacted by a hurricane (or severe tropical storm) event during the formative years of their life; and, as a result of this storm, experienced significant hardship, such as (but not limited to) the following: relocation, loss of important community/social networks, physical injury to self, family member or guardian, or death of a loved one.

The award is given to students who, despite suffering significant setbacks resulting from a hurricane or tropical storm, demonstrated the fortitude to move forward in life, including the matriculation into a four-year college or university in the United States.

Awarded students must demonstrate academic and/or service excellence, an inner-drive to succeed, and willingness to draw upon their life experiences to teach hurricane preparedness for others. These traits can be demonstrated by showing outstanding ambition and achievement by either majoring in a field of study with the intent of using new knowledge to strengthen hurricane preparedness (either scientifically or socially) and/or by volunteering in the promotion of hurricane preparedness.


The scholarship is open to applicants who are U.S. citizens (by birth or naturalization). Residents of a possession or territory of the U.S. are eligible to apply. Proof of citizenship will be a condition of the award.

Applicants from all racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and ability/disability groups are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The scholarship is directed for students who are sophomores or juniors, but some special exceptions may apply (such as individuals who changed majors or are dual-majors).

Students can study in any major that includes, but is not limited to the following: Architecture, Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Physical sciences, Fine and Performing Arts, Social Sciences, Urban Planning & Design.

  • A scholarship of $10,000.00 will be awarded to three students for one academic year. Scholarship renewal is possible, and interested students should inquire during the mid-term of the final covered-semester.
  • Proceeds from this award will be given directly to the student to cover transportation, registration, tuition, fees, room/board, and speaker/presenter fees.

Conditions of Award

  • Candidates shall be enrolled in an accredited full-time undergraduate course of study at a college or university located in the United States.
  • Candidates shall have been adversely impacted by a hurricane or tropical storm, either directly through injury, major relocation, loss of community, or injury or death of a family member.
  • Candidates shall be in good academic standing pursuant to the applicable Rules, Regulations and Requirements of their college or university. Candidates shall be enrolled at least a half-course load per semester, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their major, and have fewer than three “C”s on their overall transcript.
  • Show a financial need in attending college (as determined by EFC on the SAR).
  • Candidates shall prepare and apply to present a poster or give a talk at a major U.S. tropical hazards conference within the awarded year. Candidates must also prepare a one-page report describing their contribution to the meeting and the contacts they made.

Application Submission Materials

  • Completed Application Form
  • Sealed undergraduate school transcripts
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amount from the Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Two sealed and signed letters of recommendation: (1) Academic and (1) Service.
  • Student Essays (topics given during submission entry window)