CFC Scholarships 2016-2017

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

Applicants: Graduate / Undergraduate

Description: Each year the College of Forestry & Conservation awards more than 75 scholarships to incoming, undergraduate and graduate students.  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.  New incoming students:  You can now begin applying for CFC Scholarships through AcademicWorks.

Additional Information & Helpful Hints

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Additional UM Scholarships (apply through AcademicWorks)
& 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.

Research & Creative Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Monday, September 26, 2016 by 5:00pm MST
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 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.

Goldwater Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016 by 5:00pm MST
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 webpage 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.

laure.pengellydrake@umontana.edu
406-243-6140
LA 144 and SB 142, University of Montana

Dr. Robert F. Powers Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Sunday, October 30, 2016
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 Masters 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.

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 Sherrie Wright:

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

Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship

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

RedCastle Resources, Inc./MAGIP GIS Scholarship

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

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.

Truman Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in September.
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 laure.pengellydrake@umontana.edu, Director of External Scholarships and Advising, Davidson Honors College, room 102.  For appointments call 406-243-2541. Applicants will need to bring an unofficial transcript and a draft resume to the meeting.

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. Scholarships of $2,500 support Native American/Alaskan students pursuing a higher education in natural resources.

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.

Boren Awards for International Study

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

Application Information

Description:

Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for up to $ 20,000 for U.S. undergraduate and up to $ 30,000 for graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.  The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.  The scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security. All scholarship recipients must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Contact UM Boren campus representative Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry in the Office of International Programs at marjac@mso.umt.edu or at 243-2296 for more information.

Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description:

The Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will soon be presenting two Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarships.  2016 marks the 12th year of the Wally McClure Scholarship.  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 being held in Helena, MT from February 16th through the 19th.

Please visit the MCAFS website for additional information.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Resource Assistant Fellowship

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

Application Information

Description: In 2016, the​ U.S.​ Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to administer the FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for students and recent graduates interested in a conservation career.  FWS will be providing the 12 week paid fellowship opportunities for undergraduate (rising seniors) and graduate students who are enrolled or are accepted for enrollment in a 4 year or higher degree program and recent graduates who have completed a 4 year or higher degree program no earlier than December 2014.

Bertha Morton Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description: Bertha Morton was a Helena, Montana, 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.

Back Country Horsemen Montana Packing Class Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in December.
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 11-15, 2016.  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.

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.

Apply online now at AcademicWorks!

Udall Scholarship

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

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).

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. Recipients 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Montana Institute on Ecosystems Graduate Enhancement Awards

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

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.

Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship

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

Application Information

Description: Each year the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation (OLCF) awards five to 10 scholarships ranging from $750 to $1,500 to assist with the cost of tuition fees, books and supplies. These 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.

Pacific Forest Foundation Scholarship

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

The Cave Conservancy Foundation - Fellowships in Karst Studies

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

Dennis R. Washington Native American Fellowship

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

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 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.

The John Mabry Forestry Scholarships

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in March.
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 laure.pengellydrake@umontana.edu, Director of External Scholarships and Advising, Davidson Honors College, room 102.  For appointments call 406-243-2541. Applicants will need to bring an unofficial transcript and a draft resume to the meeting.

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)

Landscape & Livelihood Program Schoalrship

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

Montana Tree Farm Scholarship

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in May.
Applicants: 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).  For more information visit the Swan Valley Connections website.

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

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