Overview

The Climate School is designed for and open to students in grades 9–12 across the United States, as well as rising 9th grade students.

Admission to the Climate School is selective. The organizing committee will look for exceptional and highly motivated students who are eager to participate in climate action in their communities.

Have any questions? Visit our FAQ page or email us at columbiaingreenmountains@columbia.edu.

Application Process & Deadlines

Students apply directly through Putney Student Travel. The program has a rolling admissions process and will accept applicants until the program fills to capacity.  You are encouraged to apply early to secure your spot.

Students who wish to apply and hold space in a program must complete the Online Application Form, submit a signed Agreement Form, and provide a $700 payment, consisting of a $200 non-refundable Application Fee and a $500 Enrollment Deposit. The $500 Enrollment Deposit is applied toward your total program fee. 

Full payment of the program fee is due within five days of your initial $700 payment to hold a space in a program or the application will be considered withdrawn and the $700 payment will be forfeited. To complete the remainder of the application, students must submit a Personal Statement and two Teacher Reference Forms. These documents are available as part of the Online Application. The program’s Admissions Team will review your application within a few days of completion and notify you of the decision by email. If an application is not accepted or if space is not available in the program listed as first choice, all payments, including the Application Fee, are refunded in full.

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Application Requirements

Admission to the Climate School is selective. The organizing committee will look for exceptional and highly motivated students who are eager to participate in climate action in their communities. 

We will require the following documents to be submitted with your application:

  • Completed online application form
  • Non-refundable $200 application fee
  • $500 enrollment deposit to hold-space in the program 
  • A signed Agreement Form
  • The contact information for two references. (At least one reference must be a teacher/instructor who knows you from an academic setting, the other can be written by someone who knows you in an extracurricular setting, such as a part-time job, after-school club, etc. No letters from parents or friends are acceptable.) 
  • Personal Statement (A short statement outlining your interest in this program. 600 words maximum.)

Fees

$5,890 per student. This is an all-inclusive fee that covers accommodations, all meals, field excursions and weekend trips, and transportation during the program. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities are made possible with the support of the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation. The Doherty Foundation Scholarship provides full and partial need-based scholarships for underrepresented students and communities to join the Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains.

Scholarship Eligibility

Students who meet the following eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for a Doherty Foundation Scholarship:

  • Current  9-12 grade student
  • Currently reside in the United States (international students, including U.S. students living abroad, are not eligible to apply)
  • Meet/Consider income eligibility guidelines: 
    • Full Scholarship Financial Eligibility Guidelines
      • Up to 4 Person Household (combined annual income): Up to $50,000.00
      • More than 4 Person Household (combined annual income): Up to $75,000.00 Annually
    • Partial Scholarship Financial Eligibility Guidelines
      • Up to 4 Person Household (combined annual income): Up to $75,000.00 Annually
      • More than 4 Person Household (combined annual income): Up to $100,000.00 Annually
      • Please note: If your income is over the eligibility guideline recommendations and you have extenuating circumstances that you would like the Selection Committee to consider, families will be able to include this information on the scholarship application. The selection committee will not require proof of financial eligibility; however, we remind applicants that these are need-based scholarships intended for underrepresented students and communities.
  • Have a passion for climate change 
  • Show a demonstrated interest in climate advocacy
  • Submit a complete scholarship application (information and required materials below) no later than May 15, 2021. In order to maintain the equity of the scholarship process, late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

How to Apply

Please note that if you are applying for a scholarship, you should not start a regular program application. To complete your scholarship application, please complete the 3 items listed below. The online scholarship application is a Google form that the student should complete. The educator reference link (also a Google form) should be forwarded to an educator who is able to provide a recommendation for the scholarship candidate. The 2021 Putney Student Travel Agreement Form should be completed by a parent/guardian.A complete application consists of:

1.       Completed 2021 Online Scholarship Application

2.       One completed Educator Reference Form or letter of recommendation

3.       Completed 2021 Putney Student Travel Agreement form (please note that the application fee and deposit are waived for all scholarship applicants)

If you have questions about the scholarship application process, please contact us at scholarships@goputney.com