Conservation Biology student Ashraft Yusni, works on his independent research. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Conservation Biology student Ashraft Yusni works on his independent research project. Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison

Scholarships and Awards at UW-Madison

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Becker Scholarship -Conservation Biology

Established by Barbara B. Glass in 1988 in memory of her parents, the Roland H. & Maude M. Becker scholarship provides financial assistance to students with a major in Conservation Biology. The scholarship is a one-time award to help support a conservation experience related to the major. A conservation experience may include an undergraduate research experience, internship experience, study abroad program, etc. Awards will be in the amount of $500 and up to two awards will be awarded per academic year.

Fall 2019 Deadline: November 15, 2019 (to be awarded by end of Fall term for Spring 2020 experience)

Eligibility:

  • Must be a declared a Conservation Biology student
  • Must be a continuing student (i.e. must plan to graduate after May of the application year)
  • No specific GPA required, though students must be in good academic standing (i.e. not on academic probation); Students with higher GPAs are likely to be more competitive

Selection Criteria:  Proposal must have a conservation focus and show meaningful connection to and impact on undergraduate experience connected to Conservation Biology

Application Process: Students will be required to submit the following materials. All materials should be electronically to  conservationbiology@ls.wisc.edu:

  • Two page proposal outlining conservation experience (ex. research project, internship, study abroad program, etc.)
    • Proposal must include:
      • Detailed description of experience and how it connects to the Conservation Biology major and conservation,
      • Description of how award will be used including an itemized budget
  • Resume or CV summarizing academic accomplishments and related experience that prepare student for conservation experience
  • Unofficial Transcript or UW-Madison Student Record
  • Short Statement of Support from Conservation Biology faculty advisor, research mentor, or other conservation/ecology related faculty member who can discuss the applicant’s potential and capabilities; must be submitted on official UW-Madison letterhead or sent as an email directly from advisor to Conservation Biology office (conservationbiology@ls.wisc.edu).

Acceptance Process: Scholarship will be awarded by end of term for use during proceeding term(s). Stipulations of accepting the award include:

1. Sending a Thank You letter to Ms. Barbara Glass outlining proposed experience and gratitude,
2. Providing a brief report of conservation experience upon completion, and
3. Completing a Student Profile to be used on the Conservation Biology major website (includes photo from experience, summary of experience, and how it relates to major)

Questions? Email conservationbiology@ls.wisc.edu

Demeter Summer Research Support

Support provided to a Botany or Conservation Biology undergraduate student working on a summer research project in the areas of Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology.  Contact the Conservation Biology Student Services Coordinator for more info

 

Hilldale Research Fellowships

Hilldale Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Students receive $3,000, while mentors receive $1,000.

Holstrom Environmental Scholarships

The Holstrom Environmental Scholarships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.  Research proposals must have an environmental focus, and applicants must have at least a junior standing at time of application. Apply spring semester to fund work on the project during the summer or following academic year.

John T. Curtis Ecology Scholarship

John T. Curtis was a renowned ecologist and Professor of Botany at UW-Madison. Curtis’s two sons established the scholarship in 2014 to honor him. The scholarship provides $1,000 in tuition assistance for the upcoming fall semester.

Scholarships at UW Madison

A scholarship database for a variety of UW-Madison scholarships.

Skoog Undergraduate Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to a Botany or Conservation Biology undergraduate student for the best paper in plant physiology .  Contact the Conservation Biology Student Services Coordinator for more info

Summer Internship Scholarship

It can be tough to manage the many expenses that come along with a summer internship. The SuccessWorks Summer Internship Scholarship has a variety of donors willing to help.

Awards of up to $5000 are made possible through the generous donations from the Weil family, Henderson-Reznick family, the Shinners family, and the Picus family.

Preference is given to undergraduate students completing unpaid internships, or those who would not be able to participate in the internship without financial support. Students who are underrepresented in their school, major, and/or industry are prioritized.

The Undergraduate Academic Awards Office

The Undergraduate Academic Awards Office helps UW-Madison undergraduates and recent graduates pursue nationally competitive scholarships and campus-wide awards for research, service and leadership—activities at the heart of the Wisconsin Experience.

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship has three categories,  one is environmental.

It is a scholarship for students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields.

UW–Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study

Summer Term is fortunate to be able to provide undergraduate scholarships for summer study. These are need-based awards given to high-achieving undergraduate students seeking financial support to attend Summer Term at UW–Madison. Scholarship availability and amounts are subject to vary.

Wisconsin Idea

Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded annually for long-term projects that seek to solve crucial community issues either locally or internationally. Students work collaboratively with a community organization and a faculty mentor, and can receive up to $7,000 in funding as well as academic credit for their project.

The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that fosters public engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea, the notion that the knowledge and solutions generated at UW-Madison will benefit the people of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

Other Scholarships and Awards

In searching for outside scholarships, be as specific as possible  Check with foundations, organizations including religious, community, and professional associations, and family employers. You may also visit the websites listed below.

A word of caution: You should never pay money to investigate scholarships. Scholarship providers don’t offer their awards to students who pay to find them; they offer them to all students.  Do your own investigation on the legitimacy of each scholarship.

Notify the Office of Student Finanical Aid when awarded any outside scholarships

 

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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

More than ever, organizations and government agencies that work to conserve land, water and wildlife need to attract and employ individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are largely absent in today’s conservation workforce. Launched by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2013, DDCSP responds to this need by increasing the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who choose to pursue coursework and careers in conservation.

In this highly selective multi-year undergraduate research program, students will:

  • Experience extraordinary places such as the Grand Canyon, the Cascade Mountains, the California coast, the Everglades and the Great Lakes
  • Conduct research with and be mentored by leading academics in the conservation field
  • Build valuable research and leadership skills
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of land, water and wildlife conservation issues and challenges
  • Be exposed to exciting career options in the conservation field
  • Meet leading conservation thinkers and professionals of color
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the value of diversity
  • Form lifelong bonds with peers from across the country
  • Become a part of a growing lifetime network of Scholars

We hope you will learn more and consider applying to be a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar.

Forestry, Fisheries & Wildlife Scholarships

A list of scholarships from scholarships.com related to forestry, fisheries, and wildlife.

Garden Club Scholarships

The Garden Club of America has funded more than 1,300 recipients. The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships in 12 areas: Botany, Coastal Wetlands Studies, Conservation & Ecological Restoration, Desert Studies, Garden History & Design, Horticulture & Related Fields, International Work & Study, Landscape Architecture, Native Bird Habitat, Pollinator Research, Summer Environmental Study and Urban Forestry

Kettle Moraine Garden Club offers a scholarship opportunity for current undergraduate students pursuing a degree in horticulture, landscape design, nature photography botany, natural sciences/resources, forestry, wetlands, ecology, conservation or environmental science/studies.

The mission of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF) includes providing education and opportunities for its members through gardening, floral design, community and the environment. The WGCF extends these opportunities to college students through its scholarship program. Scholarships encourage the study of horticulture, floriculture, landscape design and architecture, botany, forestry, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental studies, city planning, land management or related studies.

Green Scholarships

Green Scholarship awards are offered across the diverse range of green interests, with scholarship money available to students ranging from sustainable agriculture majors to average students who have ideas for making their communities more eco-friendly.

Marine Scholarships

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility during the summer.