Scholarships for Zoology / Animal Biology Majors

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Have you started your search for scholarships yet? These are a few great ones to start with if you’re planning to major in Zoology, Animal Biology, or something similar.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Awards

Amount: $3,000

Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) the Wildlife Leadership Awards program (WLA) is designed to promote leadership among wildlife professionals. RMEF is dedicated to preserving the future of elk along with other wildlife, habitats, and hunting heritages with education. Two awards are granted each year in memory of Bob Torstenson and Gerald L Turpin, but you only need to apply once to be entered into both award programs. They grant $3,000 and a year membership to RMEF.

If you’re interested in applying for the WLA program, you must be a junior or senior in a 4 year college majoring in a wildlife related program. While you don’t have to have been full time your entire college education, you do have to be full time for the semester following the award. Previous winners are not eligible to win again. Applications should include the form, two letters of recommendation, and university signature.

National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Scholarship

Amount: $500

Awarding two scholarships each year, for $500 or more, the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association (NMFWA) is dedicated to offering financial aid for students majoring in biology or related fields.

Students wishing to apply to this program should be a sophomore or higher in college (graduates are also welcome to apply), and preference will be given to current or former military members as well as members of NMFWA that have demonstrated financial need. You should also have a 3.0 GPA or higher and include transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and the application form.

Species on the Edge 2.0 Social Media Contest

Amount: $250; $500; $1,000

If you live in New Jersey, you’ll definitely want to check out this unique scholarship hosted by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. With three prizes (all scholarships), 1st place awards $1,000, $500 for 2nd place, and 3rd place winners receive $250.  Students may also win the opportunity to spend a day in the field with a wildlife biologist. The contest requires entrants to create a unique social media campaign that shows why wildlife is so important to the state of New Jersey.

Applicants should be high school students located in any part of the state and submit original content explaining the importance of endangered or threatened wildlife using preexisting Conserve Wildlife content. The campaign should be posted to Instagram, Facebook, or both with specific hashtags. They accept videos, photographs, computer graphics, and more.

These are only three great scholarships to help get you started on your way to majoring in Zoology or Animal Biology. If you’re looking for more, feel free to talk to school counselors and check out online scholarship databases.

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Hilary Cairns

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