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Scholarships

Each year the college awards more than 70 scholarships to students enrolled in one of our five majors.  Former students and professors, friends and family members of alumni, and people wishing to conserve natural resources have all contributed funds to support this broad list of scholarships.  Many of these scholarships look at more than academic merit as criteria for award; donors set specifications for scholarships to best meet either the memory of their loved one or their own conservation and education goals.

College of Forestry and Conservation scholarship information 

Scholarship winners and donors 2014

Scholarship winner Nathaniel Robinson with donor Evalyn Johnson and family in 2014.

External Scholarships

Each scholarship listed below has its own application.  See the list of scholarships given out by the College of Forestry & Conservation.

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

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

Application Information

Description: The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and the Joint Fire Sciences Program (JFSP) offer 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 are eligible.

Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description: 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.

Wyss Scholars Program for the Conservation of the American West

Deadline: Application are no longer being accepted. Please check back in October.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: The Wyss Scholars Program will 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.  Students enrolled in the following participating programs/departments at UM are eligible to apply:  College of Forestry and Conservation; Communication Sciences; Division of Biological Sciences; Environmental Studies Program; Geography; History; Political Science; School of Business Administration; and School of Law.  Contact julie.tompkins@mso.umt.edu for more information.

Alaback and Brewer Melipal Fellowship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in November.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: 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.

Dennis R. Washington Native American Fellowship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in November.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

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

Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment Scholarship of the Montana Wildlife Federation

Deadline: Application are no longer being accepted. Please check back in November.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: Established in 1998, the scholarship honors the late Phil Tawney, a fourth generation Montanan, lifetime sportsman, and conservation leader.  Tawney was committed to protecting Montana fish and wildlife habitat and the future of hunting.  This endowed scholarship in his honor 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.

Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program

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

Application Information

Description: The Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) established this scholarship to honor Truman D. Picard, who 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, and became one of the first people from the BIA 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.

Bertha Morton Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

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

Application Information

Description: Bertha Morton was a Helena, MT native who worked most of her adult life for the Internal Revenue Service in Helena.  While not an alumnus of UM, Morton left a large part of her estate to the UM Foundation because she wanted to encourage and help serious students obtain an education here.  Bertha Morton fellowships and scholarships are our most prestigious awards for graduate students.  For the 2012-2013 academic year, each fellowship will carry an award of $5,000 and each scholarship will carry an award of $3,000.

Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship

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

Description:

The Clancy Gordon Environmental Scholarship provides one award in the amount of $2,000.  All graduate students from the biological, physical, and social sciences and environmental studies at UM are eligible to apply.  Applicants must demonstrate ability and effectiveness in applying scientific knowledge towards the resolution of environmental problems.  You must be a registered student at UM to qualify.  Previous recipients are not eligible.  Read more about Clancy Gordon.

Applicants must submit the following materials electronically to Sherri Wright:

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

Crater Lake Science and Learning Center Fellowships

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in December.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Description:

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.

Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship

Deadline: Application are no longer being accepted. Please check back in December.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Description:

In keeping with Jerry O'Neal's 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.

Trout Unlimited Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in December.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: 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.

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

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

Application Information

Description: 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.  Each year a $1,000 award is given to a study selected by the GIS Scholarship Committee.  The recipient must be a first-year graduate student in good standing, can 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.

Irene Evers' Competitive Undergraduate Research Scholarships

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

Application Information

Description:

The College of Forestry and Conservation provides the Irene Evers’ Competitive Undergraduate Research Scholarships (IECURS) to support undergraduate research projects. You 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 and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher to qualify for this award.

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Oregon Logging COnference Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in January.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: 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.

The Cave Conservancy Foundation - Fellowships in Karst Studies

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in February.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: The Cave Conservancy Foundation awards an 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.

Phillip L. Wright Memorial Research Award

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in February.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: The Five Valleys Audubon Society established the annual Philip L. Wright Memorial Research Awards to honor Wright's contributions to science and the community. He was a professor of zoology at The University of Montana who taught mammalogy and ornithology and established the zoological museum that bears his name.  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.

Summer Field Projects in Climate Change and Natural Resources

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

Application Information

Description: 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.

Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarships

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

Application Information

Description: Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each are provided by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).  Applicants 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 is not limited to, agro forestry, urban forestry, environmental studies, natural resource management, natural resource recreation, wildlife management, wood science and fisheries management.

The John Mabry Forestry Scholarships

Deadline: Pllications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in March.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

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).

Montana Recreation and Parks Association Scholarships

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

Application Information

Description: This $500 scholarship is 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.

Whitebark Pine Student Research Grant

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in March.
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation offers a research grant of $1,000 to an undergraduate student 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 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.

Udall Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in April.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: 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.

Montana Tree Farm Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in April.
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description: The Montana Recreation and Parks Association sponsors two $250 scholarships for students majoring in Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management at UM.

Other Graduate Student Scholarships/Fellowships

Visit the following pages for other opportunities for graduate students:

UM's Financial Aid web site

UM's Graduate School web site

The Fellowship Database hosted by University of Illinois