November 1, 2012 A NEW SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS IN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS AT MSU
Jack Creek Preserve Wildlife Scholarship
Up to $5000
The Foundation: This scholarship is sponsored by the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation which is dedicated to conserving and protecting wildlife and its habitat on the Jack Creek Preserve and the surrounding area of the Madison Range in southwestern Montana. To learn more about the Jack Creek Preserve and Foundation please visit their website at: http://www.jackcreekpreserve.org.
The Award: The recipient must 1) be a sophomore or junior enrolled in an MSU undergraduate program aimed at educating and training students for a career in wildlife conservation and management, 2) have completed at least two semesters at MSU and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, 3) have a strong interest in hunting, wildlife habitat, and conservation, and 4) have a commitment to a career in wildlife management. The 2012 award is $3000 applied toward tuition, fees, or other expenses. The recipient may also apply for up to $1,000/year for up to two additional calendar years contingent on maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. Jack Creek Preserve Foundation scholarships may be awarded under the category "educational expenses" when special circumstances require such.
The Selection Process: Selection of the recipient of this scholarship will be made by a panel from the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation. An interview with representatives of the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation scholarship committee may be required. Students who are graduates from Gallatin and Madison County, Montana high schools will be given special consideration. There is also an expectation that the recipient of this scholarship will participate in one of Jack Creek Preserve’s summer youth programs or provide some other service to the Jack Creek Preserve Foundation each year he/she receives financial support.
Application Instructions: Please review the criteria for this award and provide an application prepared as a single MS Word file that includes the name of the award, your name and banner ID number, resume including current GPA, and an essay (2 -page maximum) discussing your educational plans, why hunting and conservation are important to you, why you are deserving of this award, and how you would use it to further your education. Please include in your application a list of all academic awards and scholarships you have previously received. Please also identify yourself if you are a graduate of a Gallatin or Madison County, Montana high school. While financial need is not a requirement for this scholarship the selection committee would like to consider this when reviewing applications so the committee requests that all applicants also have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance) on file with the Financial Aid Services office in the SUB at the time you apply for this scholarship. Please name your application file with a standard convention of award name, followed by a dash, followed by your last name (For example: Jack Creek-Smith.doc).
Send applications electronically to BOTH Bob Garrott at firstname.lastname@example.org and Judy Van Andel no later than 8 a.m. November 16, 2012. Awards will be announced prior to the end of the fall 2012 semester and in time for the funds to be credited to the recipient’s account with the Montana State University registrar for the 2013 spring semester or applied in some other manner to help offset the recipient’s expenses.
2012 AWARDS FOR ECOLOGY STUDENTS
The Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Program and the Ecology Department are
pleased to announce the availability ten scholarships awards totaling $17,000 this year to
recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. All awards consist of a wall plaque
and a monetary award that can be used to offset tuition and fees. We encourage everyone
qualified to apply for the recognition that these awards confer.
Application Instructions: Please review the criteria for each award and provide a separate
application for each award. Each application should be prepared as a single MS Word file that
includes the name of the award, your name and banner ID number, resume including current
GPA, and a 1-page essay on why you are deserving of the specific award and how you would use
it to further your education. Please name your application file with a standard convention of
award name, followed by a dash, followed by your last name (For example: Clow-Smith.doc,
Holker-Smith.doc, Lorang-Smith.doc). The Don C. Quimby Award has a unique application
process and students interested in being considered for this award must request an application
packet (see below). Also note that the Madison-Gallatin Trout Unlimited award
criteria includes ‘demonstrated financial need’ - you MUST have a FAFSA (Free Application for
Federal Student Assistance) on file with the Financial Aid Services office in the SUB at the time
you apply for this scholarship as this is the only mechanism for demonstrating your financial
The intent of the faculty is to recognize as many of our outstanding students as possible so we
request that in your application you list all awards you have previously received as this will be
taken into consideration when selecting recipients.
Send applications to Bob Garrott at email@example.com no later than 8 am September 28.
Awards will be announced at the Ecology Dept BBQ/potluck scheduled for October 26 at the
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
T.B. Holker Memorial Award – T.B. Holker was a captain in the US Air Force who was
killed during a flying mission in the Pacific in 1954. His family established the award in honor
of his lifelong love of Montana’s wildlife. The recipient must be a junior or senior enrolled fulltime
in a Biological Sciences degree in the Ecology Department. The 2012 award is $500.
Madison-Gallatin Trout Unlimited Undergraduate Fisheries Award - This scholarship
was established by the local Trout Unlimited chapter to support undergraduates enrolled in the
Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Program who have a passion for trout conservation.
The recipient must be a junior or senior and demonstrate financial need. There will be two
awards in 2012 each for $1500 applied toward tuition and fees.
GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
Kenneth D. Lorang Memorial Award – Ken Lorang graduated with a MS degree in wildlife
from MSU and was killed shortly thereafter in 1979 while conducting a waterfowl survey along
the Marias River. The award was established in his honor. The recipient may be either a
graduating senior accepted into the Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management graduate degree
program or a current graduate student seeking an advanced degree in the Fish and Wildlife
Management. The 2012 award is $500 applied toward tuition and fees.
Matthew F. Clow Memorial Award - Matthew Clow was a graduate student who died in
1998 while conducting research on whirling disease and wild trout. The award was established
by his parents in his honor to recognize graduate students who share Matt’s love and
commitment to wild trout and native fishes. The recipient must be a graduate student enrolled in
a M.S. or Ph.D. degree program engaged in, or about to be engaged in whirling disease, wild
trout, or native fish research. There will be two awards in 2012 each for $2500 applied toward
tuition and fees.
Montana Trout Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship is to recognize Mr. Ted Turner
for his work to protect and support Montana’s wild trout resources. The recipient must be
pursuing a graduate degree in aquatic biology in the Ecology Department with a major research
emphasis on whirling disease, wild trout, or native fishes. The 2012 award is $500 applied
toward tuition and fees.
Jim Belsey Graduate Student Scholarship - Jim Belsey was an avid trout angler and
conservationist. Jim established this award to support graduate students pursuing a degree in the
Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Program with research emphasizing coldwater
fisheries. The recipient must show evidence of commitment to
trout conservation. There will be two awards in 2012 each for $3000 applied toward tuition and
The Don C. Quimby Graduate Wildlife Research Scholarship - This scholarship was
established to honor Dr. Don C. Quimby, a biology teacher, student advisor and founder of the
Wildlife Program with Montana State University’s Biology Department in 1948. Dr. Quimby
served as the head of that program until his retirement in Spring 1975. In 1955 Wynn G.
Freeman (Game Management Division Chief, Montana Fish and Game Department) and Dr.
Quimby combined efforts to establish the Master of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife
Management as the entry level educational requirement for employment of game/wildlife
biologists by that state agency. Eligibility criteria include: 1) enrolled in MSU’s graduate school,
seeking either a M.S. or Ph.D. in the Ecology Department, or a M.S. or Ph.D. with a Wildlife-
Range Management project in the Animal and Range Sciences Department, 2) field research
project focused on a free-ranging wildlife species within the state of Montana, 3) an ability to
conduct independent research, 4) scholastic seriousness and intellectual honesty, 5) enthusiasm
and willingness to work with fellow professionals and the public, 6) commitment to a career in
wildlife management. The 2012 award is $1500 applied toward tuition and fees and/or research
expenses. If interested in being considered for this award please email Bob Garrott
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for full application materials and instructions.