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 and the application form on this page in May.

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

You or your company can make a positive difference for North Carolina students and for wildlife by underwriting a one-year NCWF Student Scholarship beginning with a tax-deductible gift of $1,000. Permanent scholarships can also be established in your name or in honor or in memory of someone.

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 in North Carolina.

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


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