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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. The June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences for Women has been reestablished through support from AGU’s community of donors, the family of June Bacon-Bercey, and AccuWeather.

Applications open: Reopening February 2022

Application deadline: April 2022

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Applications are closed

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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.

Beginning in 2022, applicants must meet the above requirements and the below eligibility criteria

Eligible candidates must:

  • identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC), or LGBTQ+, or as a person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act

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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Selection and award 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 based on the criteria above. 

The Scholarship is intended to relieve the financial burden associated with studies, including but not limited to, tuition, books and supplies, and living expenses. In addition to the cash award, the winner will be presented with an award certificate at the Atmospheric Sciences Section reception during Fall Meeting and recognized in Eos magazine.

Recipients will also receive the following provided by AccuWeather:

• equipment (such as a laptop computer)

• the opportunity for networking and mentorship with an AccuWeather employee appropriate for the recipient’s field and career direction. This networking and mentorship will be administered via AGU’s existing mentoring platform – Mentoring365.

Recipients will be required to submit a one-page report on the impact of their scholarship at the close of their scholarship year to AGU’s Student Grants and Scholarship Coordinator to be shared with the Atmospheric Sciences Section President and Council.

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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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