Undergraduate & Graduate Abandoned Mine Land Scholarships Available

Are you planning a career in mine land reclamation?


May 31, 2019 Application Deadline

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 production to pay the reclamation costs. The fees are deposited in the AML Trust 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, 2019.

Scholarship monies will be awarded to the recipients and will 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 and; 4) to 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 (but not required) to attend the 2019 NAAMLP Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from September, 8 to September 12, 2019.  Travel costs (travel, lodging, per diem) and Conference registration fees will be covered in addition to the scholarship.  If the Scholarship recipient attends the conference, then the recipient is expected to participate in all Conference activities.

Application Form Below


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Address – where you will receive mail after June 1, 2019Street
Telephone                    homecell
Email address
Major, if declared
Major Advisor, if applicableNameTelephoneemail
Proof of enrollment    (such as tuition receipt)
Intended date of graduationBS/BAMSPh’d
Letter of Support NameTitleTelephoneemail

A complete application will include:


A complete Scholarship Application Form;

A Statement in which you address the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the reclamation and restoration of lands affected by abandoned mining;
  • Statement of your intended career;
  • Declared (or intended) area of major study;
  • Current level of education and educational history;
  • Course work, employment, and/or volunteer activities;
  • Statement of intent to complete education in the field of mine land reclamation or related area such as biological, physical or environmental science; mining, engineering, or other (describe); and
  • Personal Statement of Financial Need


A transcript of last years course work (if applicable)

One letter of support (to be included with the application or mailed separately)


Please send completed application to:

Mr. Michael Garner, Chief
Abandoned Mine Lands Division
Maryland Mining Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
160 South Water Street
Frostburg, Maryland 21532-2145


Applications must be  received by May 31, 2019.