FLTWS Undergraduate Student Scholarship

The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society, in conjunction with the Florida Wildlife Federation and the National Wild Turkey Federation, is again sponsoring the Greater Everglades Student Memorial Scholarship. New this year, the Florida Chapter is also offering a Minority Student Scholarship. Both scholarships total $1,500 and are for undergraduate students who are a Junior or Senior during the 2018-2019 academic year. The new award is for a student who identifies with minority status, including but not limited to, a racial or ethnic identification. Students enrolled in programs at Historically Black Colleges/Universities, private, community colleges, or alternative institutions are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for one of these scholarships, students must be interested in pursuing a career in wildlife ecology or management and supportive of the mission of The Wildlife Society. Students must also be currently enrolled in a 4-year college or university in Florida and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. Recipients will be selected based on financial need, extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership, professional potential, personal challenges and achievements, and career goals, as stated in a letter from the student.

Each candidate must submit the following 4 items to apply:

  1. A letter expressing professional goals and financial need;

  2. a resume or CV;

  3. Copies of transcripts from each college or university attended (unofficial copies are acceptable);

  4. One letter of recommendation submitted directly from a faculty member or wildlife professional.

Students applying to the minority scholarship must also submit a separate essay on the topic of the applicant’s minority status. This letter can take the form of a reflection. In addition to highlighting achievements, it should express how selection of the candidate would increase equality and inclusivity in the field of wildlife study.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, all application materials must be emailed (preference) or sent through postal mail post-marked on or before 14 December 2018.

Send to:
Monica Folk, Chair
FLTWS Scholarship Committee
1475 Regal Court
Kissimmee, FL 34744
E-mail: monicafolk@embarqmail.com

The Student Scholarship Committee will announce the recipient in Spring 2019.

Students can apply to both scholarships but cannot be awarded both. Recipients will be eligible for complimentary national TWS membership through the Sponsor-A-Student program. This will provide membership benefits such as access to the national TWS Mentorship Center, Career Center, publications, and training and networking opportunities. Awardees will be required to attend the 2019 FLTWS Spring conference; complimentary registration and a shared student room will be provided to the recipient.