To promote the preservation, awareness, and appreciation of our environment, the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge offer scholarships to students pursuing careers in fish and wildlife management, environmental education, conservation, and related fields. The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation engaging in educational, scientific, and civic activities. The group was established in July 2000 to provide support and assistance to Refuge programs and to enhance awareness and appreciation of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.

Scholarship Offered

Friends is offering a $1,500 scholarship awarded to qualified applicants pursuing careers in fish and wildlife management, environmental education, conservation and related fields. The scholarship is paid directly to their chosen college, to be used for tuition, books, and fees.

Who Can Apply

Scholarships are available to Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties, Washington, graduating high school seniors with a demonstrated 3.0-grade point average or better and completion of the application requirements. Scholarships will not be awarded to a student receiving a full scholarship from another source.

What Is Required

The following items are required as part of the application and must be received before the deadline of April 15thApplications not meeting all requirements or received late will not be considered.

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of letter of acceptance to an accredited school
  • Copy of grade transcripts from junior year through current senior year
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from a guidance counselor
  • A typed 250- to 300-word essay written by the applicant on his or her future role in fish and wildlife management, environmental education/conservation, or related fields. Include an explanation of why you want this scholarship.

 Application Form

Applicants need to print out the application form below, fill it in, and send it with the other required items listed above:

When and Where

The successful applicants will be notified before the end of the school year. Other applicants will not be contacted. Selection will be based upon the merit of the application, without regard to race, gender, color, or religion. Send completed applications to:

Friends of Willapa Wildlife Refuge Scholarships

3505 281st Street, Ocean Park, WA   98640

For more information contact your local school advisor.