CFC Scholarships 2016-2017

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

Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Description: The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation awards more than 75 scholarships to incoming, undergraduate and graduate students each year. 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 scholarships look at more than academic merit as criteria for award. Students apply online through the UM Scholarship Portal AND complete a supplemental CFC application.

New incoming students: You also apply for CFC Scholarships through the UM Scholarship Portal.

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Additional UM Scholarships (apply through UM Scholarship Portal)
& Non UM-Affiliated Scholarships (separate applications)

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.

The Cave Conservancy Foundation - Fellowships in Karst Studies

Deadline: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Cave Conservancy Foundation awards an undergraduate fellowship in Karst Studies for $6,000, an M.S. graduate fellowship in Karst Studies for $7,000, and a Ph.D. graduate fellowship in Karst Studies for $20,000. 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.

Dennis R. Washington Native American Fellowship

Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017
Applicants: Graduate

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 two years for a Master's program and three years for a PhD 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

The John Mabry Forestry Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017
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). Applications will be reviewed with emphasis placed on the following criteria:

  • Leadership qualities
  • Career objectives
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Financial need

Awards will be announced no later than August 10, 2017.

Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarships

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each are administered through 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.

Wood Splitter Direct Annual Forestry Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

Wood Splitter Direct is offering their annual scholarship to any U.S. resident 18 years or older who is currently attending or will be attending an accredited college or university for Forestry or a related field (such as Ecological Restoration or Resource Conservation). Applicants must submit a short essay (between 750 and 1000 words) on how the logging industry does contribute and can continue to contribute more in the future to overall environmental sustainability.

The winner will be announced on January 10, 2016.

Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment Scholarship of the Montana Wildlife Federation

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

Application Information

Description:

In keeping with the spirit of Phil’s legacy, the Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment offers $1,000 scholarships to students at accredited colleges or universities in Montana who exhibit a commitment to our outdoor heritage. Recipients must be a full-time junior or senior, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be majoring in a field related to conservation.

International Junior Foresters' Competition Scholarships

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

Application Information

Description:

The U.S. Forest Service International Programs is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for young adults interested in Forestry, Natural Resources, and Environmental Science!

The U.S.F.S. is sponsoring two scholarships to cover the international travel costs for students from the USA to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to participate in the annual International Jr. Forester’s Competition, which is organized by the Russian Federal Forestry Agency. The competition will take place September 4-9, 2016 and is open to those between the ages of 14-22.  Regardless of where a student might place in the competition, the experience is a unique resume builder and provides a wonderful opportunity to build international connections and friendships.

Interested applicants may contact Jennifer Smith (jennifercsmith@fs.fed.us(link sends e-mail)) or Jacob Minor (jminor@fs.fed.us(link sends e-mail)) before applying to learn the latest information.  Additional details and an application form are included in the links below.

Call for Applications and Competition Procedure and Schedule

2016 Jr. Foresters Application (for US applicants only)

Montana Tree Farm Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

This is a $500 scholarship offered to one student annually.

Applicants must be a resident of Montana enrolled (for the first time) or attending any accredited institution of higher education, on a full time basis, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above, and must demonstrate an interest in forestry. Applicants must have a Tree Farmer or a Tree Farm Inspector as a reference.

Research & Creative Scholarship Fund

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

Application Information

Description:

The Research and Creative Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that applications for the Research and Creative Scholarship Fund (RCSF) are now open for Fall 2016. This is a wonderful opportunity for UM students seeking to:

  • Conduct a research project
  • Produce an academic creative work
  • Travel to present a research/creative project

Student applicants must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher) and there must be no outstanding holds or debts on the applicant’s student account.

Dr. Robert F. Powers Memorial Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The objective of the Dr. Robert F. Powers Memorial Scholarship is to recognize significant contributions to active forest management through application of soil and forest science by presenting a scholarship to a Master's or Ph.D. student whose research and career focus is on active forest management issues, similar to the historical research conducted by Dr. Robert F. Powers. The 2017 schoalrship award amount is $2,500.

Matthew Hansen Endowment

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

Application Information

Description:

The Matthew Hansen Endowment was established in 1984 as a memorial to Matthew and his ideals.  The Endowment provides funding for historical research, creative writing, and wilderness studies projects that explore Montana's land and people. We hope, as Matthew did, that projects awarded under this fund will encourage mindful stewardship of the land, both wild and cultivated, and contribute to the preservation of Montana's cultural heritage. The Endowment encourages proposals from anyone interested in furthering this goal.

The Wyss Scholars Program for the Conservation of the American West

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

Application Information

Description:

Two Wyss Scholars will be selected from the College of Humanities and Sciences (Environmental Studies) and/or the College of Forestry and Conservation on the basis of their leadership potential, commitment to furthering land conservation in the Intermountain West, commitment to pursuing a career as a practicing nonprofit or public-sector conservationist, and their academic strength.  Selected students must be registered as full-time students and consider taking one course from the graduate EVST engagement requirement courses (activism courses); one course in land use planning, natural resource law or environmental law; and one course in negotiation, conflict resolution, collaboration.

Application Time Schedule:

  • Friday, December 23, 2016 by noon MST - Submit email indicating intent to apply to julie.tompkins@mso.umt.edu
  • Friday, January 13, 2017 by noon MST - Submit materials via a single PDF to julie.tompkins@mso.umt.edu
  • Week of January 16, 2017 - Interviewees will be determined
  • Week of January 23-27, 2017 - In-person interviews will be conducted

Goldwater Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program provides $7,500 for students committed to careers involving math, science, or engineering research. The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution
  • Intend to pursue a research career in natural science, mathematics or engineering
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident

Please see the Steps in the Nomination Process web page for more information.

To apply, please contact Laure Pengelly Drake, Coordinator for Writing Center Programs, External Scholarships, and Advising by email, phone, or in person. Applicants will need to bring an unofficial transcript and a draft resume to the meeting.

laure.pengellydrake@umontana.edu
406-243-6140
LA 144

Native American Natural Resource Research Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Intertribal Timber Council, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Southern and Pacific Northwest Research Stations offers scholarships of up to $4,000 for Native American students conducting tribally relevant, natural resource based research.

Truman Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Truman Scholarship for graduate and professional school requires application a year early; candidates apply as juniors. You must demonstrate outstanding potential for public service and be committed to making a difference through careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in the field. You will write a brief policy proposal as part of your application. 

To apply, please contact Laure Pengelly Drake, Coordinator for Writing Center Programs, External Scholarships, and Advising by email, phone, or in person. Applicants will need to bring an unofficial transcript and a draft resume to the meeting.

laure.pengellydrake@umontana.edu
406-243-6140
LA 144

Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship

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

Application Information

Description:

Applications are now being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Student Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.  The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following: Natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change.

  1. Cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, archeology, and ethnographic research.
  2. Social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources.
Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit universities and colleges only. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

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

Application Information

Description:

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of California, Santa Cruz exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership and professional training.  Each year, we select 20 students from around the U.S. and its territories to participate in our two-year conservation leadership program. Our students represent a diverse spectrum of cultures and backgrounds, which helps to cultivate an inclusive and rewarding experience.

During their first year, Doris Duke Scholars at UCSC participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors. During their second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week conservation practice internships in small groups with excellent mentors at nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies. The Scholars reunite for a professional development and planning workshop during one of the two winters.  Scholars receive mentorship throughout the year from identified mentors at their home institutions and from the UCSC program staff.  We fund all program expenses and provide each Scholar with a $4000 stipend during each of their two summers. Scholars who complete the program become a part of a growing national network of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars.

Udall Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Udall Scholarship provides 60 scholarships of up to $7,000 to sophomore and junior-level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. UM leads the nation in the number of past Udall Scholars.

To apply, please contact Laure Pengelly Drake, Coordinator for Writing Center Programs, External Scholarships, and Advising by email, phone, or in person. Applicants will need to bring an unofficial transcript and a draft resume to the meeting.

laure.pengellydrake@umontana.edu
406-243-6140
LA 144

Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will soon be presenting two Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarships. The McClure Scholarships will be awarded to individuals pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in aquatic natural resources from a Montana university or college. The graduate award is $1,250 and the undergraduate is $500. Awards will be presented at the 49th annual meeting of the MCAFS in Helena, MT from February 16-19, 2017.

Please visit the MCAFS web site for additional information.

Back Country Horsemen Montana Packing Class Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Back Country Horsemen of Montana is offering a full scholarship to the packing class taught and donated by Bob Marshall Wilderness Oufitters. Class dates are June 10-14, 2017. The class will benefit anyone who wants to learn horse and mule packing skills and learn how to practice Leave-No-Trace techniques to protect wilderness resources.

Recipient will be announced April 1, 2017.

Montana Community Foundation Scholarships

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

Application Information

Description: Scholarships of $500 to $5,000 for Montana students meeting a variety of criteria, including:  parents are Montana Game Wardens or Highway Patrol, enrolled member of Northern Cheyenne tribe, majoring in Education, majoring in journalism at UM, and much more.

Phillip L. Wright Memorial Research Award

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

Montana Institute on Ecosystems Graduate Enhancement Awards

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

Application Information

Description:

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) at the University of Montana has funds to support graduate students in the environmental sciences or related fields. Funds may be used to for summer salary, research supplies, travel, publication support, or convening a meeting or conference. Awards up to $5,000 per student are available to help accomplish an activity tied directly to their educational objectives.

Alaback and Brewer Melipal Fellowship

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

Recipients will be notified on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Zuuring-MAGIP Graduate GIS Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Zuuring-MAGIP Graduate GIS Scholarship provides scholarships for first-year graduate students who are in good standing at the University of Montana. Recipients may study any discipline, but must be working on a project that incorporates Geographic Information System sciences and technologies as a significant part of their thesis or dissertation research. Projects must have a reasonable chance of completion within 1.5 years or less and selection shall be weighted heavily on the strength of the proposal. (Strength of GIS sciences and technologies is more important than financial need; however, financial need may be used as a secondary criterion in recipient selection.)

MontanaView Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The MontanaView Scholarship fund provides scholarships to University of Montana students who are in good standing at the University of Montana. Recipients may study any discipline, but must be working on a project that uses remote sensing and will be completed by the end of the spring 2017 semester. Preference will go to service-learning projects which benefit and identified organization.  Recipients cannot have received this award previously. (Financial need may be used as a secondary criterion in recipient selection.)

RedCastle Resources, Inc./MAGIP GIS Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

If you are student at a Montana college or university and are working on a natural resource-based project, thesis or dissertation using GIS or remote sensing, you are eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $2,000. This award is sponsored by RedCastle Resources inc. and Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP).

Please see the Application Information link above for application details.

MAGIP Higher Education Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

If you are a student at a Montana college or university and are doing a GIS-related project or research, you are eligible to receive this $2,000 scholarship sponsored by the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP).

Please see the Application Information link above for application details.

Great Falls Flower Growers Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Great Falls Flower Growers have established a one-year $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a student whose desire is to attain a college degree in agriculture, forestry, horticulture and/or a related field. The applicants must be enrolled as a full-time sophomore, junior or senior in a college in Montana and must be a Montana resident.

Montana Space Grant Consortium Scholarships & Fellowships

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

Application Information

Description:

The Montana Space Grant Consortium offers undergraduate scholarships to students enrolled in fields of study relevant to NASA's mission. These fields include (but are not necessarily limited to): the Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Civil Engineering.

The Montana Space Grant Consortium also offers graduate fellowships of $9,000 plus in-state tuition and fees for one semester. Awards are made on a competitive basis to graduate students working on research projects in fields of study relevant to NASA's mission.

Landscape & Livelihood Program Schoalrship

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

Application Information

Description:

Landscape & Livelihood immerses students in the issues surrounding wildlife, watersheds, agriculture, forest lands, and human economies of Western Montana. The field semester specifically focuses on conservation strategies that transform natural resource challenges into opportunities for sustainability. Students will learn these strategies through direct experience of the natural history and human dynamics of the region, gaining both practical and analytical conservation skills. Students earn 16 upper division UM credits through 5 hands on classes, including; Biogeography of Northwest Montana (GPHY 395), Forests and Communities (NRSM 346), Watershed Dynamics and Management Issues (NRSM 345), Sustainability and Agriculture (GPHY 395), and Community Conservation Project (ENST 395).

Irene Evers' Competitive Undergraduate Research Scholarships

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

Application Information

Description:

The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation provides the Irene Evers’ Competitive Undergraduate Research Scholarships (IECURS) to support undergraduate research projects. Recipients must be an undergraduate of at least sophomore standing and must be enrolled in a degree program in the W.A. Franke 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. Award recipients will be announced at the W.A. Franke CFC scholarship reception on May 1, 2017.

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Pacific Forest Foundation Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Pacific Forest Foundation (PFF) scholarship program is offered to students who are studying in forestry related areas. The PFF plans to awards 5 to 10 scholarships annually; scholarships ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 each.  The scholarship is available to help supplement costs of tuition and books. The scholarship will be sent directly to the recipient's school and deposited into the student's account.

Applicants must be studying in the following areas:

  • Forest Engineering
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Operations Management
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Welding
  • Resource Management
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Other forest /timber industry related areas of study

MT SWCS Thomas Pick Memorial Schoalrship

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

Application Information

Description:

Tom Pick (1949-2016) was a dedicated servant to the cause of conservation and community development. Tom formally served his country as a military policeman during Vietnam, as an Agricultural Advisor on a Reconstruction Team in Iraq in 2009-11, and with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service over a 35-year distinguished career. He also was a multi-year board member and special project coordinator with the MT Chapter of SWCS and the Bozeman Chapter of Pheasants Forever. This scholarship is named in his honor, for his dedication to mentorship and teaching.

Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Purpose of the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship is to promote the Forestry Industry by providing scholastic opportunities to Oregon and Southern Washington students attending Community Colleges, Universities and vocational schools who have forestry and related courses. Applicants must be studying Forest Engineering, Forest Management, Forest Operations Management, Resource Management, Diesel Mechanics/Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Welding and other forest /timber industry related areas of study.

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Other Scholarship/Fellowship Resources

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

The College Scholarships Databse hosted by Open Education Database

A potential opportunity for undergraduate students offered by the online shopping discount site Chamelon John (not endorsed by the University of Montana)