NCWF Scholarships & Grants

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. The application period opens each spring and award decisions are made in July. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please check for updates on this page in April.

Through the North Carolina Wildlife Federation financial aid program, we provide up to seven grants to full-time students (graduate or undergraduate) who are enrolled in and attending an accredited NC college or university, including 2-year programs. Eligible students must be majoring in the areas of wildlife, fisheries, forestry, conservation or the environment.

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 or call (919) 833-1923.

Support the North Carolina Wildlife Federation

Gather your family and friends and plan your next outdoor adventure for one of North Carolina’s many unforgettable natural destinations. Help NCWF preserve wildlife and wild places for our children and future generations to come.