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  • NAEP Jim Roberts Scholarship (due Jan. 7, 2022)

    Members and non-members of NAEP may submit an application. Applicants must be enrolled in an environmental program at an accredited university or college in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

  • ILMA Scholarships (due Dec. 31)

    For Students attending an Illinois college or university or, Any Illinois resident attending college or university in Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, or Wisconsin.

  • Bailey Scholarship for Cause-Driven Leaders (AY 2022-2023) - apply by Feb. 28

  • Clarence and Marie Medley Conservation Scholarship Application due May 5

  • Student Leadership Awards & Scholarships - apply by March 23

    The Student Leadership Awards & Scholarships program recognizes students & registered student organizations for academic excellence, a commitment to leadership at the University of Illinois, and a dedication to service at the local, national, and international level. There will be over $30,000 in scholarships awarded to students.

  • National Farmers Union Foundation Scholarships

    Members of Farmers Union and their families or members of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) are eligible to receive a scholarship.

    Due April 1st 

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Awards 2022 (due May 2)

    Each year, the RMEF recognizes outstanding wildlife science college students through our scholarship program, the Wildlife Leadership Awards (WLA). Established to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals, the program awards scholarships to college juniors and seniors chosen for their leadership ability, dedication to wildlife conservation and scholastic achievements. Awards include a $5,000 scholarship and one-year RMEF membership.

    WLA encourages young adults to pursue a career in conservation (wildlife management in particular), and provides a means for them to acquire the in-depth knowledge and experiences necessary to cement their commitment to the cause and become leaders in their field.

    Application Deadline is May 2nd

  • The Illinois Club Scholarships 2022-2023 (apply by Oct. 15)

  • FOCUS Scholars Program Accepting Applications through October 16, 2022

    FOCUS (Fostering Opportunity, Community, and Unwavering Support) is a year-long UIUC program to help eliminate the gap in post-graduation outcomes and starting salaries between underrepresented, first-generation students and their peers to positively impact their career trajectory.

    Students selected for the FOCUS program will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

  • Illinois State Wild Turkey Federation Land of Lincoln Scholarship (Deadline: 11/01/22)

    For further information, contact committee chair, Dr. Robert E. Reich at 217-257-2608 during normal business hours.


  • Dr. Kazys Grinius Endowment Scholarship (due Nov. 28)

    Students of Lithuanian descent or students studying the Lithuanian language, culture, or history! Apply for the Dr. Kazy's Grinius Endowment Scholarship!

  • Fred S. Bailey Undergraduate Scholarship Awards and Leadership Awards (apply by Feb. 28)

    The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $4,000 awards ($2,000/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action.

    The Bailey Leadership Awards are $6,000 awards ($3,000/semester) given each year to four exceptional upcoming seniors who have made a demonstrated impact on the University of Illinois campus during their initial three years on campus in one or more of the following areas: Social Justice, Environment, Interfaith Cooperation, and Global Engagement.

  • Jim Roberts Scholarship from the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) (due Feb. 6)

    The Jim Roberts scholarship is awarded annually to a student currently enrolled in an environmental program at an accredited university or college in the United States, its territories, or Canada. The scholarship winner will receive $2,000 to offset education expenses. In addition to that, the winner will also receive a pre-paid, year-long NAEP Student Membership!

  • Morelli Scholarship for students with dyslexia (due Feb. 26)

    The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation supports high school and college students with dyslexia who wish to pursue a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field.


  • Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship for Summer or Fall 2023 (due Apr. 29)

    The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship program provides scholarship funding to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations. The scholarship is intended to cover educational expenses that may become a financial burden in an unpaid position.  These internships provide an opportunity for students to complement their academic preparation with direct practical experience. The effort to combine a productive work experience with an intentional learning component is a proven method for promoting the academic, personal, and career development of students.

    Students will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to community development, service, and activism and the internship’s potential impact on the student’s learning and professional development as well as financial need.

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Awards scholarship program (due Apr. 14)

    The RMEF Wildlife Leadership Awards (WLA) scholarship program was established in 1991 to"recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals."The awards are presented to undergraduate wildlife students, and currently provide a $5,000 scholarship and a one-year membership to RMEF.

    The awards include the Torstenson Family Endowment WLA, established in memory of BobTorstenson (1950-2002) and the Gerald L. (Jerry) Turpin WLA, established in memory of Gerald L.(Jerry) Turpin (1977-2001). Recipients of both awards are selected from the same pool of applicants.

  • Precision Agriculture Scholarship Contest (due June 30, 2023)

    There are many reasons to adopt precision agriculture, such as reducing waste, reducing costs, increasing profits, and reducing farming’s footprint on the environment. 

    For today's young people who will be tomorrow's leaders, considering environmental and financial factors related to the agriculture industry are all equally important.

  • 2023-2024 Rising TIDES Program

    The 2023-2024 Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society) Program supports students from underrepresented backgrounds in coastal and estuarine disciplines, with the goal of inspiring and motivating them to pursue careers in coastal and estuarine science and management. Apply by April 26, 2023.

    Informational webinar April 3 at 12 p.m. CDT.

  • National Trails GIS Fellowship (52 weeks), National Park Service (Santa Fe, NM; open until filled)

    Position Overview: The ACE Fellow will be provided real world experience in the GIS field including digitization, map production, data management, and GIS platforms like ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS software. Duties will include:

    • Develop a more complete recreational/retracement trail dataset for the National Historic Trails (NHTs) and trail maps that will assist the public in getting out on the trails
    • Plan for and develop national historic trails (NHTs) through road/pedestrian signing along all nine trails that NTIR administers
    • Provide daily communication with a range of federal, state, non-profit organizations, and other trail partners to collaborate on signing and development activities
    • Assist trail partners and communities with development of draft sign plans, including use of online sign-planning tools
    • Provide technical assistance to partners seeking local or state department of transportation approval to install signs
    • Gain real world experience working with public and private entities along the NHTs
    • Gain communication skills interacting with communities, trail partners, and agency staff, as well as exposure to technical skills like ArcGIS, InDesign, and Photoshop
    • As time allows, provide support to NTIR staff and partners at public events and other office priorities

    This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.