RESF expects to award twelve scholarships in 2023 based upon academic merit, accomplishments in the field, and demonstrated interest. 

Three individual scholarships are reserved for a community college student, an undergraduate student, and an early graduate student, respectively. One scholarship is reserved for a Native American or Alaskan Native student and is not restricted to OR or WA. The remaining scholarships are available to students at any level, and at least two of these scholarships will be awarded to a first-generation college student, a student with disabilities as defined by the ADA, and/or a student from an underrepresented or historically marginalized group (including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities).

Each scholarship is a cash award of $2500 with no strings attached. Qualifications and submission requirements are below.  We award scholarships on an equal opportunity basis, consistent with the restrictions above.


  1. Be an undergraduate or graduate student studying renewable energy (in any sense, including economics, law, public policy, energy storage, demand response, grid-interactive efficient buildings and load flexibility, advanced grid modernization, greening of the grid, etc.) at any college or university in Oregon or Washington;    or, be studying outside of Oregon and Washington, but be from one of those states, and intend to return to the Pacific Northwest after studies are complete;     or, be a Native American or Alaskan Native student.

  2. Superior academic performance.

  3. Criteria considered by the Selection Committee, not necessarily in order of importance, include Academic performance to date, Projected future academic performance, Demonstrated experience with and/or knowledge of field of study, Essay content and writing quality, Commitment to and experience with inspiring others to learn more about renewable energy, and Service.

Submission Requirements

Pursuant to these requirements, applicants must submit:

  1. A letter (not to exceed 3 pages) detailing your interests, academic pursuits, and career goals directed towards the field of renewable energy. 

  2. Resume

  3. Academic transcripts (unofficial OK)

  4. Two letters of recommendation, sent directly from the writer.

  5. If you would like to be considered for the Diversity Scholarship, please include an extra page indicating how you qualify for that scholarship and describing any way (positive or negative) your specialness has affected your life/studies.

  6. If you would like to be considered for the Morris Scholarship, please indicate your tribal affiliation.

Applicants may also include information about any awards, internships or other distinctions which demonstrate accomplishments in renewable energy.

​Apply at:

DEADLINE for the application is February 15. We hope to have awards announced by April 30.  

Application materials and letters sent by email are easier to forward to our selection committee, please use this address.