Scholarship Details

STEM Scholarships

Application Deadline:



Freshmen, sophomore, or juniors


The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education offers a chance to earn scholarships to all undergraduate students. Students can earn funding toward their education through various STEM-based scholarship opportunities promoted by ORISE.


The Problem:

According to National Geographic the world generates at least 3.5 million tons of plastic and other solid waste a day. This is 10 times the amount the world produced a century ago. Waste negatively effects our natural environment and this negative impact continues to grow. Awareness needs to be brought to recycling and upcycling efforts. DOE is doing its part to mitigate the lasting effects of plastic waste buildup through new research and development into upcycling polymers. Many communities have developed recycling programs to help with energy efficiency and preserving our natural environment.

Your task:

Create a website to inform the public on recycling and how it is done at your school. Submissions should include recent scientific research on recycling, as well as possible enhancements to recycling programs at your school. You must provide supporting evidence using citations in your website.


You must be an undergraduate student currently enrolled in an US college or university who will also be enrolled in an US college or university next year.
A submission should include 1) a link to your website.
Entries must be submitted on the following form:
All entries will be scored on a rubric.
You can read about the Department of Energy’s strides towards addressing the recycling problem
Information on ORISE’s own recycling program can be found here:
Use of additional sources is encouraged.
Entries should convey accurate information appropriately to the general public.

Terms of Award:

1st place: $5,000 scholarship
2nd place: $3,000 scholarship
3rd place: $1,000 scholarship

Please Submit:

To enter the contest, complete the form at and attach your website url and supporting document files. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time onThursday March 31, 2022

Online Application: