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The deadline for Spring 2021 semester applications is January 15, 2021

Please make sure your transcript includes final grades from the Spring 2020 semester. Transcripts, verification of major, and all paperwork and applications must be mailed together in one packet to be considered eligible.

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. 

2020 AGFC Conservation License Plate | Brittany Spaniel
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. 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.

 

Conservation Scholarship brochure

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

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.

 

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

2020-2021 School Year

First Time Applicants
Fall 2020 application postmark deadline June 15
Successful applicant notification date Mid-July
First time applications are not accepted for the spring semester.
Renewal Applicants
Fall 2020 application postmark deadline June 15
Spring 2021 application postmark deadline January 15
     

2021-2022 School Year

First Time Applicants
Fall 2021 application postmark deadline June 15
Renewal Applicants
Fall 2021 application postmark deadline June 15
Successful applicant notification date Mid-July
First time applications are not accepted for the spring semester.
Spring 2022 renewal application postmark deadline January 15

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