2014 AWARDS FOR ECOLOGY STUDENTS
The Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Program and the Ecology Department are pleased to announce the availability 9 scholarships awards totaling $20,000 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.
General Application Instructions: Please review the criteria for each award if specified and provide a separate application for each award. Each application should be prepared as a single MS Word file or pdf 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, Belsey-Smith.doc, Lorang-Smith.doc). Please note that the application for Jack Creek Preserve Award is slightly different (as described below). There is also a unique application form for the Don C. Quimby scholarship and students interested in being considered for this award must request an application packet (see below). Applicants for each of the awards are also allowed to arrange for one letter of support from a member of the MSU academic community (but this is not required). Any supporting letter should be sent directly by the letter author to Bob Garrott and must arrive by the application deadline.
Send applications to Bob Garrott at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 pm September 18. Awards will be announced at the Ecology Dept BBQ/potluck to be scheduled for October at the Lindley Center. 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.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
Jack Creek Preserve Wildlife Scholarship - 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 recipient must 1) be a sophomore
or junior enrolled in an MSU undergraduate program aimed at educating and training students
for a career in natural resource 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/fisheries habitat, and conservation, and 4) have a commitment to a career in
managing natural resources. The 2013 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 tuition, fees, or other educational expenses contingent on prior
authorization by the awards committee.
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.
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 have a career goal of working in conservation and management of aquatic resources. There will be two awards in 2013 each for $1500 applied toward tuition and fees.
GRADUATE STUDENTS 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 2013 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 2013 each for $2500 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 a commitment to trout conservation. There will be two awards in 2013 each for $3500 applied toward tuition and fees.
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 2013 award is $1500 applied toward tuition and fees and/or research expenses. If interested in being considered for this award please email Bob Garrott (email@example.com) for full application materials and instructions.