AEF Scholarships

The Arkansas Environmental Federation, a business group with over 250 member companies, has provided more than $80,000 in scholarship awards to 43 students since 1992. The association awards the scholarships to assist students who intend to pursue business and/or education careers, specifically those that will address the regulatory concerns of industry with regard to sound science legislation and conservation and stewardship of Arkansas' environment.

The AEF offers two scholarships each year: the Randall Mathis Scholarship for Environmental Studies and the newly named Randy Thurman Scholarship. Scholarship applications are typically available in the spring of each year.

The scholarships are named in honor of Randall Mathis of Arkadelphia, the longtime director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and former Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commissioner, and Randy Thurman, who served as the Executive Director of AEF for 20 years. Both scholarships are administered by the AEF.


The applications, along with each scholarship's requirements, can be found below:


Randall Mathis Scholarship for Environmental Studies


Randy Thurman Scholarship

If you have questions about the scholarships, requirements or the process, please email AEF Communcations Director, Rebecca Neely.

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients


Erin Cooper, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville- Randy Thurman Scholarship


Kyle Rowden, Arkansas Tech University- Randall Mathis Scholarship for Environmental Studies


Special Thanks to our Randall Mathis Scholarship 2013 Endowment Fund Contributors


Clearwater Paper Corp.

Drumco of Arkansas, Inc.



FTN Associates

GBMc & Associates

Government Solutions


Mitchell Williams Law Firm

Nucor-Yamato Steel – Arkansas


Trinity Consultants


Special Thanks to our 2013 Public Education Fund Donors


Platinum Level Sponsors

Lockheed Martin Missles & Fire Control

FutureFuel Chemical Company

Government Solutions

Entergy Arkansas

El Dorado Chemical Company


Gold Level Sponsors

Aluchem of Little Rock


FTN Associates

Mitchell Williams Law Firm


Silver Level Sponsors

George Wade