DU National Scholarship Program

Congratulations to the class of 2020 for the DU National Scholarship Program! Click here to view the 2020 DU National Scholarship Winners.

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

Applicants will provide their high school transcript, DU member/volunteer history, a list of any service or academic awards received and up to three letters of recommendation highlighting their DU involvement and commitment to conservation. In addition, each applicant will write an essay of up to 500 words describing how his or her outdoor experiences have contributed to their understanding of the importance of wetlands and wetlands conservation, and the ways in which he or she have acted and/or intend to act on this knowledge.   

The online application process for the 2021 program will open this fall.

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. 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 in the spring, with awarded checks released to the student's two-year accredited school/community college or four-year college/university. Recipients will be recognized in Ducks Unlimited magazine, and prior to the fall semester the national scholarship winner will be announced at the DU National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

For more information on the Ducks Unlimited National Scholarship Program, please contact Mark Horobetz, at 901-758-3892, mhorobetz@ducks.org.