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Conservation Scholarship

AGFC workers stock Florida bass fingerlings in Millwood Lake in southwest Arkansas.

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.

The AGFC Scholarship Program is made possible by sales of conservation license plates.

The deadline for Spring 2024 Renewal applications is January 15, 2024.

Your official transcript should include final grades from the Fall 2023 semester. Please gather all required documents to upload into the application portal before starting the application process. Your official transcript will need to be uploaded as a PDF file in the portal to be considered eligible for review.

Applicants must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in Arkansas. Applicants must maintain full-time status.

  • First time applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Currently an Arkansas high school senior, Arkansas college undergraduate or graduate student.
    • Must pursue a degree in an approved field of study.
    • Must maintain full-time status and have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (4.0 scale).
    • Must be an Arkansas resident paying 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.
  • 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

The AGFC Conservation scholarship grants $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, based on continued eligibility. 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. Scholarships are paid directly to the college or university.

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 to race, sex, religion, age, color, or national origin.

Application Calendar 

  • First Time Applicants: 
    • Application portal opens May 15
    • Application deadline June 15
    • Successful applicant notification July 15
    • First time applicants only accepted in Fall Semester
  • Renewal Applicants: 
    • Renewal portal opens May 15
    • Application deadline June 15
    • Second semester renewal opens December 15
    • Second semester renewal deadline January 15

Leah Moseley

Scholarship and Volunteer Program Coordinator

Phone 501-297-9519