MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 22, 2020 – Ducks Unlimited’s 2021 scholarship program applications are available online. DU will award $45,000 in secondary education funds next year, now including trade schools along with colleges and universities.
In 2021, Ducks Unlimited will award 61 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are DU members. The scholarship program is open to all senior student members but is targeted to volunteers who have shown exceptional commitment to wetlands conservation through participation in their DU Varsity (high school) club/chapter and/or local DU community chapter. In addition, students must maintain a 2.8 or higher cumulative high school GPA to apply.
Each year, DU awards 61 one-time scholarships to eligible applicants at the following levels:
- 50 Varsity Scholarships at $500 each
- 10 Conservation Scholarships at $1,000 each
- 1 National Scholarship of $10,000
“Outside of an aggressive effort to protect and enhance our wetlands landscape, there really is no better way to show Ducks Unlimited’s commitment to wetland conservation than investing in the next generation of conservation leaders,” said Harold Cannon, DU senior vice president and National Youth and Education Committee chair. “This scholarship program does just that. These students are the ones who will continue to keep our conservation message and actions moving forward for years to come.”
Applicants must provide their high school transcript, DU member/volunteer history, a list of any service or academic awards received and up to three letters of recommendation highlighting their DU involvement and commitment to conservation.
Each applicant must write an essay of up to 500 words describing how their outdoor experiences have contributed to understanding the importance of wetlands and wetlands conservation, and the ways in which he or she has acted and/or intends to act on this knowledge.
The list of scholarship recipients will be sent to all applicants in the spring, with awarded checks released to the student’s two-year accredited school/community college, four-year college/university or trade/technical school.
Recipients will be recognized in Ducks Unlimited magazine, and, prior to the fall semester, the national scholarship winner will be announced during the 2021 DU National Convention in New Orleans.
For more information on the Ducks Unlimited National Scholarship Program, please contact Mark Horobetz at 901-758-3892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more almost 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.
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