Scholarships

The Wilderness Institute offers several scholarships and awards, as described below. Students in the Wilderness Studies program who are also W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation students can also apply for FCFC scholarships.

Matthew Hansen Endowment

Deadline: October 31, 2016
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. 

Worf Family Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 15, 2017
Applicants: Undergraduate

Application Information

Description:

The Worf Family Memorial Wilderness Scholarship provides an annual award to a student enrolled in the Wilderness and Civilization Program or majoring in Wilderness Stewardship (if that major is established). The scholarship was initially established in 1996 by William A. and Eva Jean Worf in memory of their sons Gary and Keith. Wilderness Watch and various others also contributed to this fund. Gary and Keith died in separate accidents — Gary in 1980 and Keith in 1993. "Both Gary and Keith held a deep respect for nature in general and wilderness in particular," according to their father. Eva Jean, who passed away in 2005, shared this family passion for wilderness and in her memory the scholarship was renamed in 2007 as the Worf Family Memorial Wilderness Scholarship.  Bill Worf is a 1950 graduate of the UM School of Forestry and is one of three founders of Wilderness Watch, a national nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to preserving America's wilderness and wild and scenic rivers.

Benjamin Rosenberg Cohen Scholarship

Deadline: May 15, 2017
Applicants: Undergraduate

Description:

The Benjamin Rosenberg Cohen Scholarship provides funding for undergraduate students at the University of Montana who are pursuing Wilderness Studies through the Wilderness and Civilization program. This scholarship was established in loving memory of Ben Cohen by his wife, Connie Cohen. Ben contributed tremendously to the state of Montana. After taking forestry and geology courses at the University of Montana, Ben worked both as a wilderness guard in the Bitterroot National Forest and as an engineer for the Forest Service in Whitefish. While in Whitefish, Ben was elected to the state House of Representatives and served four terms from 1984 to 1992. In addition, Ben owned, operated, and “grew” North Valley Refuge for twenty years, where he pioneered curbside co-collection of trash and recyclables in the Flathead Valley. Ben loved the outdoors — to ski, swim, hike, and play soccer and rugby. Ben contributed generously to Montana, his community, and his family.