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Spring 2014 Commencement:

Saturday, May 17
Main Ceremony - 10:00am
   Washington Grizzly Stadium
CFC Ceremony - 12:00pm
   Adams Center West Gym
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Graduation Application Deadlines:

Graduate Students
05/08/2014 for Summer 2014
09/15/2014 for Fall 2014
(Late applications will not be accepted)

Undergraduates
02/03/2014 for Summer 2014
03/03/2014 for Fall 2014
 

Scholarships

CFC Scholarships

Last year, the College awarded over 70 scholarships worth over $88,000. Scholarship funds are donated by former students, former professors, friends and family members, and people who are concerned about the environment. When you submit your scholarship application, you will be considered for all scholarships that you are eligible to receive. The criteria for each scholarship will vary depending on the donor's request. 

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in November.

Travel, Research, and Education Experience (TREE) Grant Program for Students in Wildland Fire Science and Management

The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and the Joint Fire Sciences Program (JFSP) are offering grants from $250 to $1,500 to fund student travel to fire-related conferences, symposia, workshops, and laboratories.  These competitively-awarded grants will fund direct travel costs for transportation, lodging, registration fees, and printing or preparation of presentation materials (e.g. posters, maps, audio-visual materials).  Both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in a field related to wildland fire science and who are in good academic standing are eligible.

Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Grants are available year-round for a variety of events.  Deadlines depend on the event for which you are applying.

Montana Federation of Garden Clubs Scholarships

The Montana Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., founded in 1937, is a non-profit educational organization with members statewide.  Please visit the website for information and applications for the following scholarships:

  • National Garden Clubs Scholarship - Offers financial aid to students and promotes study in agriculture, horticulture, botany, biology, forestry, environmental conservation, wildlife science, forest/systems ecology and other related fields.  Application deadline is March 1 each year.
  • Great Falls Flower Growers Scholarship - Provides scholarships for students studying conservation, horticulture, forestry, agriculture or related fields.  Application deadline is March 31 each year.
  • Montana Life Members Scholarship - Awards an annual $1,000 scholarship to a student who is a MT resident majoring in conservation, horticulture, parks or forestry, land management or other related subjects.  Application deadline is May 1 each year.

Application and Additional Information (select the projects and schools link in the second paragraph)

Montana Tree Farm Scholarship

This is a $500 scholarship offered to one student annually.  Applicants must be a resident of Montana enrolled full-time in any accredited institution of higher education, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and must demonstrate an interest in forestry.

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Monday, September 15, 2014

Awards will be announced by Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Summer Field Projects in Climate Change and Natural Resources

The College of Forestry and Conservation and the Climate Change Studies program award competitive grants to support undergraduate student summer fieldwork. Funding is available through a USDA Higher Education Challenge grant designed to support the training of leaders in climate change and natural resources through experiential and field-based learning. Three awards are available, each up to $3,000, to support student stipends related to fieldwork.

Additional Information and Application Requirements

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in February.

Alaback and Brewer Melipal Fellowship

The Alaback and Brewer Melipal Fellowship supports undergraduate or graduate research and public education focused on conservation and sustainable development in Latin America.  Resource Conservation students who wish to work in Chile or Argentina are given priority, but the award is available to students in any CFC degree program working on these topics anywhere in Latin America.

Additional Information and Application Requirements

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in November.

Phillip L. Wright Memorial Research Award

Philip L. Wright was a professor of zoology at The University of Montana who taught mammalogy and
ornithology and established the zoological museum that bears his name.  In remembrance of Dr. Wright and his contributions to science and the community, the Five Valleys Audubon Society established the annual Philip L. Wright Memorial Research Awards.  These awards provide support for students undertaking research in the fields of ecology, wildlife biology, animal behavior, environmental biology, and conservation biology.  Research awards have been in the range of $200 to $1,000.

Interested students should consult with Dr. Dan Pletscher, Wildlife Biology Program, about the content of their application.

Additional Information and Application Requirements

Application deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in February.

Awards will be announced in April.

Zuuring/MAGIP GIS Scholarship (first-year graduate students)

The Hans Zuuring and Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) GIS Scholarship at the University of Montana is a companion to the MAGIP GIS Scholarship awarded by the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals.  The selection process is coordinated through a GIS Scholarship Committee consisting of the UM Steering Committee for the Certification in GIS Sciences and Technologies and one other faculty or industry representative.  Each year a one thousand dollar ($1,000) award shall be made to a recipient selected by the GIS Scholarship Committee.  The recipient must be a first-year graduate student in good standing, any be in any discipline, and must be working on a project that uses GIS as part of their thesis or dissertation research.  Financial need may be used as a secondary criterion, but selection shall be weighted more heavily on the strength of the thesis research and proposal.  An individual may receive the award one time only.

Additional Information and Application Requirements

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in November.

Awards will be announced on or before Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program

To honor Truman D. Picard, the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) established a scholarship program in his name.  Truman served on the ITC Board of Directors from 1982 to 1985.  While working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs he attended the Forest Engineering Institute at Oregon State University becoming one of the first people from the agency to complete this program.  The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American/Alaskan students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.

Scholarship and Contact Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in February.

Dennis R. Washington Native American Fellowship

The Fellowship upholds Dennis Washington's long time vision of promoting the betterment of society and the development of a highly diverse workforce through education.  There will be one fellowship awarded which will consist of:  $10,000 stipend; designation as a research or teaching assistant; eligibility for Montana Native American Fee Waiver.  The University of Montana can choose whether or not to renew the Fellowship after the first year (maximum 2 years for a Master's program and 3 years for a Ph.D. program).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be accepted to a Master's or Doctoral degree program at the Graduate School of The University of Montana or Montana State University (no law degree or medical related field, including pharmacy)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate and 3.0 during any graduate program work
  • Graduate from a 4-year regionally accredited institution of higher learning anywhere in the United States
  • Montana resident
  • Enrolled member of a Montana Indian Tribe

Additional Information and Application Requirements

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in February.

Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship

The Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship provides one award in the amount of $2,000 and is available to all graduate students from the biological, physical, and social sciences and environmental studies at The University of Montana.  Applicants must demonstrate ability and effectiveness in applying scientific knowledge towards the resolution of environmental problems.  Registration at The University of Montana during the 2013-2014 academic year is required.  Previous recipients are not eligible.

Applicants must submit the following materials electronically to sherrie.wright@mso.umt.edu:

  • Resume
  • List of academic work (past and projected)
  • Graduate transcripts
  • One-page statement of activities in environmental problems
  • At least 2 supporting letters

Additional Information about the Donor

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in February.

The Cave Conservancy Foundation - Fellowships in Karst Studies

The Cave Conservancy Foundation is planning to award a yearly Undergraduate Fellowship in Karst Studies for $5,000, an M.S. Graduate Fellowship in Karst Studies for $5,000, and a Ph.D. Graduate Fellowship in Karst Studies for $15,000.  Any study of caves and karst in any field, including but not limited to archeology, biology, engineering, geography, geology, and social sciences will be considered.  The research can involve any cave and karst areas, including those outside the United States.  Applicants must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students at a U.S. college or university.

Additional Information and Application Requirements

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in February.

Awards will be announced by Monday, July 1, 2013.

Whitebark Pine Student Research Grant

WPEF will be offering a research grant of $1000 to an undergraduate who is writing an undergraduate thesis or graduate student (MS or PhD) conducting research on whitebark pine.  Grant recipients are encouraged to present the findings of their research at the 2014 WPEF annual meeting and are expected to publish a summary of the research in Nutcracker Notes.  In addition to the proposal, applications should include a CV as well as a letter of recommendation from the student’s research advisor.

Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in March.

Montana Recreation and Parks Association Scholarships

The Montana Recreation and Parks Association is sponsoring two $250 scholarships for students majoring in Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management.  The winners will be announced at the Montana Recreation and Parks Association annual conference, held this year in Couer d’Alene, Idaho in conjunction with the Idaho Parks and Recreation conference September 15-18, 2013.   Attendance is suggested but not required.

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in March.

Awards will be announced September 15, 2013

Udall Scholarship

In 2014, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

For application assistance, please contact Laure Pengelly Drake, UM faculty representative, at 406.243.6140 or laure.pengellydrake@umontana.edu.

Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in March.

Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship

The Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship Program will award $3,500 to the graduate student who writes the most original and thorough manuscript on a topic related to environmental investing.  Students seeking an advanced degree in any discipline related to environmental investing (such as environmental science, policy or law, sustainability, finance, economics, and public affairs and policy) are invited to present ideas and research.

Additional Information and Application Requirements

JEISP Website

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in September.

The Program expects to announce the winner by Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Wyss Scholars Program for the Conservation of the American West

The Wyss Foundation is a private, charitable foundation dedicated to land conservation in the Intermountain West. The Wyss Scholars Program seeks to identify and nurture a new generation of leaders on western land conservation issues by providing financial support to Master’s degree students who are committed to careers as practicing conservationists of western land, primarily with a federal or state land management agency or a non-profit conservation group working in the region. Student enrolled in the following participating programs/departments are eligible to apply: 

  • College of Forestry and Conservation
  • Communication Sciences Department
  • Division of Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Geography Department
  • History Department
  • Political Science Department
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Law

An information session will be held on Friday., Nov. 1 at 12 p.m. in Forestry 301 for interested applicants.

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Application are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in November.

Selection decisions will be announced early in the Spring 2014 semester.

Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment Scholarship of the Montana Wildlife Federation

Established in 1998, the Endowment honors the late Phil Tawney, a fourth generation Montanan, lifetime sportsman and conservation leader.  Reflecting Tawney’s passion and commitment to protecting Montana fish and wildlife habitat and the future of hunting, the Endowment seeks to “educate and inform the general public about hunting ethics, fair chase and values; to perpetuate the sport of the hunt through efforts to conserve habitat and wildlife; and to stimulate the recruitment, mentoring and involvement of youth in hunting and conservation activities.”

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Application are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in November.

Awards will be announced by Saturday, March 1, 2014

Trout Unlimited Scholarship

Each year, the Westslope Chapter of Trout Unlimited offers a one-time scholarship of $2,000 to a Montana college, or university student whose studies and anticipated career most closely fit our mission to conserve, protect and restore the coldwater fisheries with an emphasis on local watersheds.  The WSTU scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance for tuition to a student who is pursuing a degree related to cold water fisheries.  The scholarship is open to any undergraduate (who has completed two semesters) or graduate (who has completed one semester) in pursuit of a degree meeting the above criteria.

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in December.

Awards will be announced at the annual banquet held this year on Saturday, February 22, at the Hilton Inn in Missoula.

Bertha Morton Graduate Fellowships/Scholarships

Bertha Morton was a Helena, Montana native who worked most of her adult life for the Internal Revenue Service in Helena.  She was not an alumnus of The University of Montana, nor did she actually attend any university.  She worked hard and saved her money.  When she died in 1977, she left a large part of her estate to the UM Foundation because she desired to encourage and help serious students obtain an education here.  Bertha Morton fellowships and scholarships have subsequently become our most prestigious awards for graduate students.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, each fellowship will carry an award of $5000 and each scholarship will carry an award of $3000.  Only graduate students currently enrolled in degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applications and materials need to be submitted electronically through the application link below.  In addition to completing the online application, applicants must also upload a personal statement along with a statement of honors & awards, certifications, research, etc. in order of significance.

Application

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in December.

Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship

Jerry O'Neal was a scientist, poet and writer with a deep love of nature.  He was an outspoken proponent for the need to have sound science to support resource management decisions.  Education cultivated his commitment to preserving the natural world.  In keeping with his model of learning to improve one's life situation and fostering environmental stewardship, this fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resource issues and how these intersect with human values.

Graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students with at least a 3.5 GPA are eligible to apply.  Students must be studying in fields related to the understanding and management of Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in December.

Crater Lake Science and Learning Center Fellowships

In 2014, the Crater Lake Science and Learning Center will offer four fellowships to support undergraduate and graduate student investigations.  Each fellowship may be funded up to $4,000.  Senior undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at a college or university are eligible to apply.  Research Fellows must be self-directed individuals whose work will contribute to issues of management concern at Crater Lake National Park.  A Fellow must be able to complete the proposed project within one or two years from receipt of the fellowship award.  The objective of the fellowship is to support student research at Crater Lake National Park that can inform and advance the needs of management and decision making at the park in four general areas:  aquatic resources, terrestrial resources, social science, and applied technology.

Additional Information and Application Requirements

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in December.

Irene Evers’ Competitive Undergraduate Research Scholarships

The College of Forestry and Conservation is pleased to issue a call for proposals for the Irene Evers’ Competitive Undergraduate Research Scholarships (IECURS).  To be eligible for an IECURS, a student must be an undergraduate of at least sophomore standing and must be enrolled in a degree program in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana for the fall semester following the award.  The applicant must possess a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Additional Information and Application Requirements

Download Sample Proposal Budget Spreadsheet (Excel Spreadsheet)

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in January.

Awards will be announced by Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship

Each year the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation (OLCF) awards 5 to 10 scholarships ranging from $750 to $1,500 to assist with the cost of tuition fees, books and supplies.  Theses scholarships are available to students in the following areas:  forest and wood-related areas, welding, diesel mechanics, choker-setting, etc.  Applications are reviewed by the OLCF Board of Directors.

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in January.

Awards will be announced Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarships

Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each will be administered through the Society of American Foresters (SAF).  All scholarship hopefuls must be enrolled in an SAF-accredited (or non-SAF accredited) or SAF-candidate curriculum as a junior or senior enrolled in a natural resource program working toward a bachelor of arts or science degree, which includes, but not limited to, agro forestry, urban forestry, environmental studies, natural resource management, natural resource recreation, wildlife management, wood science and fisheries management.

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in February.

The John Mabry Forestry Scholarships

The Railway Tie Association is pleased to offer The John Mabry Forestry Scholarships; two annual scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each.  These scholarships are available to juniors or seniors enrolled in an accredited Forestry program for the full school year (not graduating mid-term).

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in February.

Awards will be announced by Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Bradley R. Corbett Scholarship

Bradley R. Corbett, a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney located in San Diego, is offering an annual $2000 scholarship to one college/university student in the United States.  The scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the best overall essay on one of the following topics:

  • How will you further benefit our society by obtaining a degree?
  • Why is there a high correlation between the level of education attained by an incarcerated person and his or her recidivism rate?
  • How does education help break the cycle of poverty?

Application and Additional Information

Application Deadline:  Applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in February.

Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships

See available scholarships listed on the Graduate School website

See available scholarships listed on the Financial Aid website

See available fellowship opportunities