Black Forest Environmental Studies Scholarship for Liberal Arts Students

Scholarship Information

Up to $5,000
  • Fall/Academic Year Deadline: May 1
  • Spring/Calendar Year Deadline: November 1

The Black Forest Environmental Studies Scholarship is awarded to students studying on the Freiburg Environmental Studies & Sustainability program who are interested in Environmental Studies, and are majoring in the liberal arts fields of economics, urban studies, international business/affairs/relations, humanities, public policy, political science, philosophy, or geography.

For the past two decades, Richard Landers, Vienna 68-69, has devoted himself through philanthropy to the education of undergraduates on the challenges of environmental sustainability, with particular focus on energy issues. In his professional life, Richard was a founding partner of the private equity firm GFI Energy Ventures and a strategic planning consultant for Venture Associates and Arthur Andersen & Co. Prior to that he held senior planning and strategy positions in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. with Southern California Gas Company and its holding company, Pacific Enterprises Corporation. He began his professional career as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department with special responsibilities for international energy matters. He has a B.A. degree from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.


  • Applicants must be accepted to and attend the Freiburg - Environmental Studies & Sustainability program in the fall, spring, academic year or calendar year
  • Applicants must be undergraduates in good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Applicants must have declared a major in one or more of the following: Economics, Urban Studies, International Business/Affairs/Relations, Humanities, Public Policy, Political Science, Philosophy, Geography, and/or minoring in Environmental Studies (ES).
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need