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, 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 annual deadline April 30.  Applications 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.
  • A list of other scholarships applied for and those received to date; state if none have been applied for or received.

 2015 Recipient

Each springFullSizeRender the Friends of the Willapa Wildlife Refuge awards a $1,500 in scholarship to a local student planning college degrees in areas that will lead to outdoor careers. This year’s recipient is Allison Hill, a graduate of South Bend High School, who will enter Oregon State University this fall to study veterinary medicine.  Having earned 90 credits in the Running Start program at Grays Harbor College, Allison will begin college with many of her early required courses already completed.  She maintained a 3.78 grade point in her college courses and a 3.8 in her high school classes.  In addition, she was active in school and community activities while also working part time……a busy young woman!

Information is available each January through the counselors of high schools in Pacific and Wahkiakum counties. Home schooled students from those counties are also eligible. A basic 3.0 grade point average is required as part of the application process.

Application Form

Applicants need to print out the application form from one of these links, fill it in, and send it with the other required items:

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 the local school adviser.