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The June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences for Women

About the scholarship

Honoring the legacy of June Bacon-Bercey, America’s first female television meteorologist, the June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences for Women will support women students with a demonstrated interest in atmospheric sciences and intersections with meteorology as they establish their studies and build careers in the field. The scholarship will recognize that the awardee’s outstanding accomplishments for a scientist at their career-stage and will acknowledge that the awardee shows exceptional promise for continued contributions to the atmospheric sciences.

This scholarship was originally offered to the AGU community between 1978 and 1990 and will be re-established beginning in 2021, funded through the generosity of June Bacon-Bercey’s daughter, Dail St. Claire, and other family and friends.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must identify as women and have intentions of pursuing a career in the atmospheric sciences and/or intersections with meteorology.

Eligible candidates must be pursuing a degree related to atmospheric sciences and/or intersections with meteorology and currently enrolled as:

  • a first-year graduate student in a program leading to an advanced degree in the atmospheric sciences and/or intersections with meteorology,
  • an undergraduate in a bachelor’s program leading to a degree in the atmospheric sciences and has been accepted for graduate study in the field, or
  • a student at a 2-year institution and has been accepted into a bachelor’s degree program in the atmospheric sciences.

Active AGU membership is not a requirement and applicants do not have to hold primary membership in AGU’s Atmospheric Sciences Section but must be engaged in the study of atmospheric sciences and/or intersections with meteorology.

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About the award and selection process

Beginning in 2021, one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually, The Atmospheric Sciences Section Award Committee will review applications annually and will endeavor to award the scholarship to the best candidate from the annual application pool. The scholarship can be used to relieve the financial burden associated with studies but does not have to be directly applied to the winners’ research projects or studies. In addition to the cash award, the winner will be presented with an award certificate at the Atmospheric Sciences Section reception during Fall Meeting.

More information on the application process will be made available later this year. No specific date has been announced yet.

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Donating to the Scholarship

Honoring the legacy of June Bacon-Bercey, America’s first female television meteorologist, the June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences for Women supports women students with a demonstrated interest in atmospheric sciences and intersections with meteorology as they establish their studies and build careers in the field.

During her career, June Bacon-Bercey was dedicated to advocating for women in the sciences – originally creating this scholarship in the 1970s and now extending its impact after her death. The scholarship recognizes that the awardee’s accomplishments are outstanding for their career-stage and acknowledges that the awardee shows exceptional promise for continued contributions to Atmospheric Sciences and future success.

Donations can be made by through our online donation form by selecting the June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship option.

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