Conservation Scholarship 

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The deadline for Fall 2015 applications is June 20, 2015.

Please be sure that your official transcript includes grades from the Spring 2015 semester.


Considering a career in conservation?

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Conservation Scholarship Program encourages young people to pursue careers related to conservation. The AGFC Scholarship Program is made possible by sales of conservation license plates.


Minimum Requirements

Applicants must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in Arkansas.

  • First time applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Currently a graduating high school senior, college undergraduate or graduate student.
    • Pursue a career in the field of conservation.
    • Demonstrate a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale).
    • Verify Arkansas residency or pay in-state tuition.
    • Comply with application and timeline requirements.
  • Renewal applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Continue to meet all eligibility requirements.
    • Submit a renewal application.
    • Provide an official transcript and verification of declared major.

List of Majors

  • Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Biology (non-medical)
  • Botany
  • Civil Engineering (emphasis sanitary/environmental, structural, or hydraulic)
  • Conservation Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Management and Regulatory Science
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Park and Recreation Administration (emphasis Natural Resources)
  • Science Education
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Zoology

Award Amount

Scholarships are $1,000 per semester for freshman and sophomore students; $1,500 per semester for junior and senior students; $2,000 per semester for graduate students. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters based on submission of a renewal application, official transcript, and verification of major documenting continued qualifications based on those of a first-time applicant. Scholarships will be paid directly to the college or university.


How are scholarship recipients chosen?

The selection committee will consist of non-Arkansas Game and Fish Commission personnel. The selection committee will use a standardized scoring system as approved by the AGFC scholarship committee. Selections are based purely on merit, without discrimination for any reason such as race, sex, religion, age or national origin.


2015-2016 School Year Conservation Scholarship Program Calendar

First Time Applicants
Fall 2015 application postmark deadline Saturday, June 20, 2015
Successful applicant notification date Mid-July
First time applications are not accepted for the spring semester.
Renewal Applicants
Fall 2015 application postmark deadline Saturday, June 20, 2015
Spring 2016 application postmark deadline Saturday, January 9, 2016


Program Staff

NameTitlePhone | Email
Sarah BaxterConservation Scholarship Program Coordinator501-978-7366 | Email
Shawna HitchcockConservation Scholarship Program Assistant | Email