The mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Included in the hunting heritage part of this mission is supporting the education and development of wildlife professionals grounded in the North American Model of Wildlife Management.
The RMEF Wildlife Leadership Awards (WLA) scholarship program was established in 1991 to "recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals." The program and currently provides multiple $5,000 scholarships and one-year membership to RMEF. The awards are presented to undergraduate students enrolled in a wildlife-related natural resource program. Students must have junior status entering the coming fall semester.