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Lester Scholarship

James G. Lester

James G. Lester  was the founder and first chairman of the Geology Department at Emory University. An Emory College graduate, Lester joined the Emory faculty in 1919 and went on to receive his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Colorado in 1938. He was directly responsible for securing grants and gifts to build the Geology Building on campus in 1949 (now renamed the Anthropology Building) and to build the geology Field Camp in Ringgold, GA. For over 50 years Lester was a dedicated mentor to many Emory students. He was deeply honored to have many of these same students contribute to the James G. Lester Endowment Fund, contributions which continue to fund his namesake scholarship fund.

Please Note

The Lester scholarship may offset financial aid that the student has been awarded. However, every effort will be made at the level of the ENVS department and the Office of Financial Aid at Emory to see that the Lester scholarship add to, and not replace, any financial-aid package that the student has in place. According to Emory’s Office of Financial Aid web site: "Emory is required to make adjustments for external scholarships and resources if a student's demonstrated eligibility (or total cost of education) has already been met. To the extent possible, it is our policy to adjust self-help awards before reducing grant."

Award Requirements

Up to $5,000 in scholarship or award funding is available to up to one rising senior each year. The scholarship or award is to be used as a tuition supplement.

Priority is given to students conducting research with a faculty member in ENVS or in the ENVS 4+1 programs. 

Eligibility RequirementsCourse Requirements
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and a GPA in ENVS greater than 3.5.
  • Demonstrated leadership as an ENVS student (within and/or outside the department).
  • Submit a statement of interest outlining future plans.
  • Excellent speaking and writing abilities
  • Strong Interpersonal skills
  • ENVS 130,
  • ENVS 131 and
  • At least one ENVS Intermediate Breadth area course (or Oxford College equivalents) to be eligible for consideration.

Application Submission

Please submit application materials to the Undergraduate Degree Program Coordinator or contact for additional information.

Leah Thomas
Undergraduate Programs Academic Coordinator
E520, MSC 5th Floor

Important Dates

Application DeadlineScholarship Announcement