Q: Can my advisor also be one of the three references on my CV?
It would be preferable for your three references to not include your advisor.
Q: My study site is in western North Carolina. Does that qualify as a coastal state?
Yes, the non-tidal, non-coastal parts of a coastal state qualify. However, a study site in a non-coastal state (e.g., West Virginia or Utah) would not qualify.
Q: I am in the process of applying to graduate programs; do I qualify?
A: No. You must already be enrolled before you apply.
Q: Is the scholarship open to students entering a combined BS/MS program?
You must have reached the MS part of a joint program, taking graduate courses and carrying out graduate level research.
Q: There are two different GCA scholarship programs that I could apply for. Which should I choose?
You may apply for only one GCA scholarship per year. Choose the program which is most applicable/closely aligned to your research topic.
Q: Should the proposal be single-spaced or double-spaced?
Either is fine.
Q: Do studies of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) qualify for this scholarship?
Q: Do studies of fish or frogs or birds qualify for this scholarship?
Yes, as long as there is a strong connection to coastal wetlands (e.g., essential habitat), and that connection is well-described in the proposal.
Q: My study will survey students to evaluate their understanding of sea level rise. Does this qualify?
No. This scholarship is specifically for field based research in wetlands.