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GMC launches all-expenses-paid degree award

POULTNEY—Green Mountain College, the nation’s top-ranked college for sustainability-based education, wants to empower high school seniors to make a better world. The college is announcing a new First in Sustainability Scholarship for one student who is passionate about ensuring social, economic and/or environmental sustainability. The winning student will receive free tuition, room, board and fees for all four years at Green Mountain College—a total value of $200,000.
Recognized over other colleges for its leadership in sustainability, Green Mountain College provides a personal, practical and purposeful education that prepares graduates to “do well by doing good.” The college offers 22 academic majors and 32 additional minors and certificates, all built on its core sustainability-focused general education curriculum. Students also gain extensive practical experience, from working at a community farm to building a solar garage that charges an electrical tractor (a student project), which gives them a leg up in the “green jobs” market.
Ninety-seven percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school and 95 percent of graduates are satisfied or very satisfied in their work. “More than 20 years ago, Green Mountain College became the first college in the nation to dedicate its curriculum to sustainability. Now, the imperative to take meaningful action is stronger than ever. We hope this scholarship will help catalyze today’s students to ensure a more sustainable world for generations to come,” said GMC President Robert Allen.
Any high school senior applying for admission to Green Mountain College’s class of 2021 is eligible for this scholarship award. Applicants are required to submit an additional essay, describing what change they would like to make for a better and more sustainable world. The essay (up to 800 words) should address these two topics: 1) This is what you would change. 2) This is how an education at Green Mountain College will prepare you to make the change.
First in Sustainability Scholarship applications must be submitted online and received by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2017. The winner will be announced April 15, 2017. The online application form can be found at
For additional information about the scholarship, email Karen Martinsen Fleming at

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