Conservation Scholarship 

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The application period for Fall 2014 will begin May 12, 2014.
The deadline for all applications is June 14, 2014.

Please be sure that your official transcript includes grades from the Spring 2014 semester.


Considering a career in conservation?

The AGFC Conservation Scholarship Program encourages young people to pursue careers in fish and wildlife management, natural resources, and education. These career opportunities include jobs in wildlife law enforcement, fisheries management, wildlife management, nongame specialists, environmental education, and various related fields.


Minimum Requirements

First-time applicants must be Arkansas high school seniors or Arkansas college students who plan to attend an accredited Arkansas college or university. Applicants must maintain status as a full-time student, have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (4.0 scale), and must pursue a degree in an approved field of study:

  • Environmental Management and Regulatory Science
  • Environmental Management/ Geographic Information Systems Technician
  • Forest Resources
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Wildlife Management
  • Education
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Animal Science
  • Recreation and Park Administration
  • Agriculture
  • Criminal Science
  • Political Science
  • Fisheries Management
  • Conservation Management

Only Arkansas residents paying in-state tuition are eligible. Selections are based purely on merit, without discrimination to race, sex, religion, age, color, or national origin.


Renewal Eligibility Minimum Requirements

  • Maintain cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (4.0 scale).
  • Maintain status as a full-time student at an accredited Arkansas college or university.
  • Continue to pursue a degree in an approved field of study.

Scholarship Conditions

The AGFC Conservation scholarship grants $1,000 to each awardee per semester, based on continued eligibility. Scholarships are paid directly to the college or university.

Scholarship awardees must submit a renewal application form, along with their most recent official transcript (and where applicable, a letter of enrollment) each semester to document continued eligibility and continue to receive their scholarship. Awardees are eligible for up to eight semesters of scholarship funding. If these eight semesters are non-consecutive, the student must reapply as a first-time applicant after the break in funding. NOTE: First-time applications are only accepted for fall semesters, and applicants must meet the postmark deadline.


How are scholarship recipients chosen?

The selection committee is made up of persons not employed by the AGFC. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on a standardized scoring system approved by AGFC.

The criteria for scoring include the applicant’s GPA, classification, responses to the essay questions, volunteer/employment experience, leadership activities, information on letters of recommendations and information on the official academic transcript.