The Agency joined forces with the Illinois Lake Management Association (ILMA) in 2000 to set up an "IEPA/ILMA Scholarship Program." Two $1,000 scholarship grants will be offered annually for coursework or research involving Midwest lake ecosystems management. Applications for grants are available annually and are due no later than December 31. Eligible applicants must be a full time junior, senior or graduate student who are either Illinois residents enrolled in an accredited college/university in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin; or a junior, senior or graduate student and enrolled in an accredited college/university in Illinois. Eligible students must be enrolled in a natural resource discipline related to lake or watershed management.
The coursework or research must be related to the biology, ecology or management of lake systems in the Midwestern United States. Grants may be used by the recipients to cover costs associated with education and research expenses. The Scholarship Committee of the Illinois Lake Management Association (ILMA) will evaluate applications based on college grades, information obtained from references, quality and relevance of coursework, a budget if research projects are proposed, and other relevant considerations. In summary grants will be provided to those applicants who we feel will most likely represent our mission; To Promote Understanding and Comprehensive Management of Lake and Watershed Ecosystems.
For more information and an application, please visit ilma-lakes.org.