NCWF Scholarships & Grants

We are currently accepting applications for 2020 scholarships from full-time students who are committed to environmental and natural resource conservation and management.

To qualify, you must be enrolled full-time at an accredited university or college, including two-year programs; majoring in the area(s) of wildlife, fisheries, forestry, conservation or the environment with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship applications and supplementary materials must be submitted by email attachment to no later than  June 28, 2020.

Click here for the 2020 Scholarship Application form and submission details.

For more than 50 years, North Carolina Wildlife Federation has provided scholarships and grants to help hundreds of North Carolina students pursue their dreams of studying and working in the conservation field.

Each year through our financial aid program, we provide up to seven grants to full-time students (post-graduate and undergraduate). NCWF scholarships are always competitive, but all students who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply.

Applications and a full record of your (unofficial) college transcripts must be submitted electronically no later than Sunday, June 28. Applications submitted after the deadline or without accompanying transcripts will not be considered. Grantees will be awarded scholarships by early August.

Please email Sarah Hollis at with any questions or if you would like to learn more about the NCWF Scholarships program.

Want to help? Underwrite a Student Scholarship

NCWF has helped more 300 students become professional conservationists working to protect North Carolina’s wildlife and wild places. With your support, we can help even more students to ensure a heritage of wildlife conservation for our children.

You or your company can make a positive difference for a student and for wildlife by underwriting a one-year NCWF Student Scholarship beginning with a tax-deductible gift of $1,000 or $2500. Permanent scholarships can also be established in your name or you can create a permanent scholarship in honor of a person, school or in remembrance of a loved one.

Past Recipients

We are proud of all of our scholarship applicants, particularly those who have gone on to achieve significant success in the conservation field.

Past recipients include Scott Fletcher  (1985 recipient) who is a longtime NCWF partner who now serves as the natural resources manager for Duke Energy. Erin Singer McCombs (2008 recipient) works to restore streams through her role as associate conservation director with American Rivers. R. Wilson Laney (1973 recipient) is a senior biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Dr. David Cobb (1982 recipient) serves as the wildlife management chief for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Contact Us

For scholarship program questions, contact Sarah Hollis at


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