Ducks Unlimited (DU) will award college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are members of DU. The scholarship program is open to all students; however, it is targeted to volunteers who have shown an exceptional level of commitment to wetlands conservation through participation in their high school club or chapter. In addition, students must maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative high school GPA.
Each year, DU will award 61 one time scholarships to eligible applicants at the following levels:
- 50 Varsity Scholarships at $500 each
- 10 Conservation Scholarships at $1,000 each
- 1 National Scholarship of $10,000
The online application process will be open October 15 - March 1 each year, beginning in 2017. Applicants will provide their high school transcript, DU member/volunteer history, a list of any service or academic awards received and a letter of recommendation highlighting their DU involvement and commitment to conservation. In addition, each applicant will write a 300-word essay describing his or her most memorable outdoor experience, and how the experience has impacted their view on conservation.
A volunteer panel appointed for a two-year term by DU's Senior Vice President and Advisory to the President for the National Youth & Education Committee will review applications. With identifying information removed (name, city, state, etc.), applications will be graded on a weighted scale emphasizing volunteer history/leadership and academic excellence.
The list of scholarship recipients will be sent to all applicants by April 15 with awarded checks released to the student's college or university prior to registration. Recipients will be recognized in Ducks Unlimited magazine, and the national scholarship winner will be announced at the DU National Convention.
For more information on the Ducks Unlimited National Scholarship Program, please contact Mark Horobetz, at 901-758-3892, email@example.com, or Logan Nevins, at 901-758-3894, firstname.lastname@example.org.