2018 AML Scholarship Available

The National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP) is offering a $2,500  scholarship for those interested in pursuing a career in mine land reclamation. 

NAAMLP is a non-profit, professional organization that promotes the reclamation and restoration of lands affected by abandoned mining throughout the nation.  Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) established the national Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).

A purpose of SMCRA is to reclaim land and water resources adversely affected by past coal mining and left abandoned and inadequately restored. SMCRA levies fees on active coal mining to pay the reclamation costs. The fees are deposited in the AML Fund and distributed to authorized States and Tribes to implement their own programs.  NAAMLP is the professional association of States and Tribes who work under the auspices of Title IV of SMCRA.

The $2,500 NAAMLP Scholarship is to assist in the education of students whose intention is to work as scientists, engineers or technicians in the field of mine land reclamation.

Letters of application for this scholarship must be received by May 31, 2018.

Scholarship monies will be awarded in the form of a tuition check made out to an accredited educational institution and to be received at the annual NAAMLP conference.  A scholarship will be given to three undergraduate students and one graduate student according to the following criteria:

1) An undergraduate student enrolled in a school in the Eastern region of the United States;
2) An undergraduate student enrolled in a school in the Mid-Continent region of the United States;
3) An undergraduate student enrolled in a school in the Western Region of the United States;
4) A graduate student enrolled in a school located anywhere within the United States.

The regions described above are generally those States within or near the Appalachian, Mid Continent, and Western Region of the OSMRE.  The scholarship holders are invited to attend the 2018 NAAMLP Annual Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia from September, 9 to September 14, 2018.

Costs (travel, lodging, per diem up to a total of $1000) and Conference registration fees will be covered in addition to the scholarship. Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in all Conference activities.  Tuition may be used at any accredited institution of higher education. The NAAMLP Scholarship must be utilized during the 2018-2019 school year. 

To apply, visit http://naamlp.net

Click here for the 2018 Scholarship Application.