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Wildlife Biology Scholarships and Awards

Burchenal Leadership Scholarship
(1/$5,000)
The Burchenal Leadership Scholarship provides support for undergraduate students majoring in wildlife biology with GPAs of 2.5 or higher. Recipients must demonstrate excellent communication skills, leadership qualities, and a strong work ethic.
Donor: Ralph Burchenal

The Christian Bowers Memorial Scholarship
(1/$3,000)
This scholarship was established by Christian’s parents for a returning undergraduate student majoring in wildlife biology in good academic standing and exhibiting financial need. Christian was to enroll in the Wildlife Biology program in the fall of 1997 but was struck by lightning before classes began.
Donors: David and Mary Bowers

Dan Pletscher Scholarship for Avian Science
(1/$5,000)
This fund provides scholarship support for students with an interest in behavioral ecology who wish to pursue that interest with experiential learning, internships, or research. Preference shall be given to those with an interest in avian science and/or bioacoustics. A GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred. This award is made available to qualified undergraduate or graduate students within either the wildlife biology program or the organismal biology and ecology program (in the Division of Biological Sciences). The fund honors Dr. Dan Pletscher, who served as the Wildlife Biology Program Director for 19 years before retiring in 2013. 
Donors: Bob and Mary Carlson

George and Mildred Cirica Graduate Student Support Fund
(2/$5,000)
The George and Mildred Cirica Graduate Student Support Fund provides support for graduate students studying wildlife biology. Support may include graduate scholarships, summer research awards, graduate stipends, or other student support as determined by the director of the Wildlife Biology Program. 

The Herman William Gabriel Scholarship
(1/$2,200)
The purpose of the Herman William Gabriel Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a student studying wildlife biology. If the student continues in good academic standing, he or she will continue to receive the award until graduation. The scholarship was established by Herman William (Bill) Gabriel, forester, wildlifer, photographer, and writer. Bill earned his doctorate at the University of Montana studying the effects of forest fire history on big game habitat in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Donor: Dr. Bill Gabriel 

James C. Salinas Memorial Scholarship
(1/$300)
This scholarship is provided by Vera Salinas to honor her late husband’s memory and commitment to conservation. It is awarded to a senior in Wildlife Biology who has demonstrated superior academic performance and has financial need. The Wildlife Biology faculty selects the recipient.
Donor: Vera Salinas

Les Pengelly Scholarship
(1/$1,800)
The Les Pengelly Scholarship was established in 1991 after Dr. Pengelly’s death at age 73 after a battle with cancer. Contributions from friends, family members, and associates established this endowed fund. Dr. Pengelly was extremely influential in resource management. An extension wildlife specialist from 1954-1963, he lectured throughout the state reminding wildlife biologists of their responsibilities. From 1963-84, he held a permanent faculty position in Wildlife Biology. He was president of the national Wildlife Society in 1978-79. He also served as the first chair of the Environmental Studies program at UM. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or returning graduate student in Wildlife Biology demonstrating outstanding scholastic achievement and a strong land and conservation ethic and dedicated to transmitting knowledge concerning wildlife and wild areas to the public. Financial need is also considered secondarily.
Contacts: Laure Pengelly, Anne Pengelly, Mary Lou Pengelly, Kim Pengelly, and Mark Pengelly

Mike Barker Scholarship
(1/$5,000)
This fund provides support for undergraduate students majoring in wildlife biology with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid Need Analysis). Mike Barker graduated UM with a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology in 1975. 
Donors: Mike and Jocelyn Barker

OnXmaps Fund
($5,000 cash plus in-kind support; up to 3 recipients per year)
This fund supports wildlife biology graduate student research projects currently being conducted in the Northwestern U.S. with a preference for projects in Montana. Funding cannot be used for tuition. For application information, please contact Emma Bentley.
Donors: Eric Seigfried and Rob Hart of onXmaps

The Peter C. Kotte Memorial Scholarship
(1/$1,000)
The Peter C. Kotte Memorial Scholarship provides scholarships to University of Montana undergraduate students in the Wildlife Biology Program. Qualified students are those who have an excellent academic standing with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Preference is for a non-traditional student who is also a veteran.

Peter C. Kotte was a Missoula, Montana native who proudly worked 16 years of his adult life for the U.S. Air Force. He was studying wildlife biology at the University of Montana in 2006 when a heart attack took away his dream of completing his degree. Peter was an active outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, and skiing. He was most concerned for the safe conservation of deer and elk. While not a specific requirement, students with similar interests are encouraged to apply for this award. This fund was established by an anonymous donor who has held Peter in her heart for a lifetime.

SCIF Sables Susan and John Monson Hunting Heritage Scholarship
(1/$4,400)
SCIF (Safari Club International Foundation) Sables Susan and John Monson Hunting Heritage Scholarship will provide support to undergraduate students studying wildlife biology. Recipients must have a 3.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Preference is for a female student in her junior or senior year. Scholarship recipients may be invited to attend an SCI First for Hunters Convention.

Soka'piiwa Scholarship
(1/$1,250)
This award supports undergraduate students majoring in wildlife biology. Soka'piiwa is a Blackfeet word which loosely translates to "it is good."
Donor: Soka'piiwa Foundation

Susan Churchill Scholarship
(1/$1,000)
The Susan Churchill Scholarship provides support to be used for tuition at Flathead Lake Biological Station or for other experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in the aquatics option within the Wildlife Biology Program. Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that applicants for this scholarship include highly qualified female students. Susan Churchill earned her degree in Wildlife Biology in 1977, at a time when female graduates of the wildlife biology program were rare. Susan spent much of her career as an environmental consultant.
Donor: Susan Churchill

Thomas H. Leik, Sr.Wildlife Biology Scholarship
($2,000 total; up to two recipients per year)
The Thomas H. Leik, Sr. Wildlife Biology Scholarship provides support to graduate or undergraduate students in good academic standing in the Wildlife Biology Program. It was established in memory of Thomas H. Leik, a fisheries biologist and wildlife statistician who worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (1960-67) and the Wyoming Fish & Game Department (in the 1950s).
Donor: Jim Leik 

Wesley M. Dixon Graduate Fellowship
(1/$30,000)
Rocky and Julie Dixon established this award in 2014 in memory of Wesley M. Dixon, Rocky’s father. Wesley M. Dixon, or “Wes” as he was known to friends, was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1950, and married Suzanne Searle in 1953. He served as Vice Chair and Director of G.D. Searle and Company from 1977-1985 and, during that time, was instrumental in creating the International Sales Division. Wes was passionate about his involvement with many not-for-profit organizations, including The Boone and Crockett Club and the Shikar-Safari Club International.  The Wesley M. Dixon Graduate Fellowship provides full tuition and stipend support for an outstanding M.S. or Ph.D. student in the Wildlife Biology Program.  
Donors: Rocky and Julie Dixon

Wesley M. Dixon Scholarship for Montana Students
(2/$5,000)
Rocky and Julie Dixon established this award in 2014 in memory of Wesley M. Dixon, Rocky’s father. Wesley M. Dixon, or “Wes” as he was known to friends, was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1950, and married Suzanne Searle in 1953. He served as Vice Chair and Director of G.D. Searle and Company from 1977-1985 and, during that time, was instrumental in creating the International Sales Division. Wes was passionate about his involvement with many not-for-profit organizations, including The Boone and Crockett Club and the Shikar-Safari Club International. This scholarship provides tuition support for two students majoring in Wildlife Biology who are Montana residents.
Donors: Rocky and Julie Dixon

Wesley M. Dixon Scholarship for Out-of-State Students
(1/$10,000)
Rocky and Julie Dixon established this award in 2014 in memory of Wesley M. Dixon, Rocky’s father. Wesley M. Dixon, or “Wes” as he was known to friends, was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1950, and married Suzanne Searle in 1953. He served as Vice Chair and Director of G.D. Searle and Company from 1977-1985 and, during that time, was instrumental in creating the International Sales Division. Wes was passionate about his involvement with many not-for-profit organizations, including The Boone and Crockett Club and the Shikar-Safari Club International. This scholarship provides tuition support for an out-of-state undergraduate student majoring in Wildlife Biology.
Donors: Rocky and Julie Dixon

Wynn Freeman Award
The Montana chapter of the Wildlife Society established the Wynn Freeman Award in 1979. The Wildlife Biology faculty selects the recipients.

The scholarship deadline is Monday, February 17th, 2014.

Application and additional information. 


College of Forestry and Conservation Scholarships

Please click here for information about scholarships awarded to students within the College of Forestry and Conservation.

University of Montana Scholarships


Please click here for information about scholarship and fellowships available to students enrolled in the University of Montana.


Other Links:

EPSCoR
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Awards
MILES Seed Grants
P.E.O. International
National Science Foundation
Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program


Questions about scholarships? Contact Jeanne Franz.

Interested in establishing a scholarship? Contact Emma Bentley.