Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship
The goals of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ are to:
- Elevate youth into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup and conservation projects
- Empower young volunteers to rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities
- Improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through education, activism, and action
Three scholarships totaling $850 will be awarded annually to the authors of the top Apprentice Ecologist essays. By registering and submitting your essay, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship. Be sure to include your full contact information (always private) when registering so that we can process any scholarships/awards that you may win. Scholarships are available to any student (ages 13 to 21) who is a candidate for a degree/diploma at a primary (middle school), secondary (high school), or accredited post-secondary (undergraduate at college or university) educational institution from any country around the world. The award covers 1) tuition and fees to enroll in or attend an accredited post-secondary (undergraduate or graduate at college or university) educational institution and/or 2) fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses.
Applicants should embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ by demonstrating personal leadership, initiative, and environmental stewardship in their project. Essays will be judged by a committee of Nicodemus Wilderness Project board members, volunteers, and past Apprentice Ecologist award winners. Please see tips below for additional elements that the committee considers important when judging essays. There is no minimum or maximum length for the essay but most of our past award winners have written essays that ranged from about 500 to 1,500 words. The deadline for uploading your Apprentice Ecologist project essay is midnight GMT on December 31st.