Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Three scholarships offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must be 13 to 21 years of age.
  3. Must complete an environmental project.
  4. Must be a candidate for a degree/diploma at a primary (middle school), secondary (high school), or accredited postsecondary (undergraduate at college or university) institution.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: International and U.S. students at any level of undergraduate study are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students must be 13 to 21 years of age and complete an environmental project.

Application requirements for the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship are:

  • Essay
  • Enviromental project
  • Photographs
  • Registration
Additional Information: Judging criteria for environmental projects includes: hours volunteered, number of participants, project results, size of project area, and project essay. The age of the student(s) will be taken into account when judging projects.

Award Amount: The author of the top Apprentice Ecologist essay will receive an $850 scholarship; the scholarship is awarded annually and is non-renewable. The authors of the top ten essays will each receive a large canvas tote bag (made in the U.S.A. with 100 percent certified organic cotton) printed with the Nicodemus Wilderness Project's logo.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $850.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, December 31

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, December 31

In order to apply for this scholarship, students must complete an environmental project. Students have three options for the project: trash cleanup; planting native trees; or a free-form project (possible projects include starting a recycling program, taking action to protect an area for wildlife, campaigning to save a species or natural area, educating others about wildlife or conservation issues, taking steps to prevent pollution/contamination, or improving awareness about the importance of renewable energy sources). Students must take high-resolution digital pictures of the project while in progress and at completion. (If the student does not have or cannot borrow a digital camera, the photo requirement will be waived.) After completing the project, the student must write an essay about the project. There is no word limit on the essay. Students may work in groups or individually on the project. The student must register on the Nicodemus Wilderness Project website in order to submit his/her pictures and essay. After registration, the student will be able to upload his/her best photograph and accompanying essay. If the student has problems registering, he/she should send the essay, attached photograph, the name of the area where his/her project was completed, his/her name, and age (and the names and ages of any other group members) to the email address listed. Additional information and tips on conducting projects are available on the Nicodemus Wilderness Project website. The application cycle for the initiative for this year runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
About Nicodemus Wilderness Project:
Contact Information: Robert Dudley, -
Address: P.O. Box 40712 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196

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