2018-2019 Opening Doors to Nature Scholarship Application
The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge announces the Friends of Valle de Oro Scholarship Award Program for the 2018-2019 school year. Under the Program, one Opening Doors to Nature Scholarship in the amount of $750 will be awarded to a college student who is planning to pursue an environmentally focused career or is currently enrolled in a conservation/environmental degree or certificate program.

Program Guidelines and Priorities:

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria in order to apply:
- Must be enrolled in or planning to attend a two (2)-year community college or four (4)-year college or university within the state of New Mexico.
- Have attended a New Mexico High School or College and are currently enrolled in a (2)-year or (4)-year college or university in any location.

Some preference will be given to applicants who have participated in a Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge or Friends of Valle de Oro NWR project, internship, or program, but is not required.

Completed applications must be received by the Friends of Valle de Oro no later than August 1st, 2018. Late applications, or portions of applications, will not be accepted.

Applicants must show proof of enrollment through the attached College Advisory Verification Form in order to receive the scholarship payment. The College Advisory Verification Form must be submitted by September 15th, 2018.

The Scholarship will be paid within one week of receipt of The College Advisory Verification Form. The award should be applied to tuition or education related materials (books, field or lab equipment, etc.) in the 2018-2019 school year.

This Scholarship can be awarded to an individual only one time.

Applicants will be required to provide reports on progress and use of funds by the following deadlines:
Mid-Term Report: January 10th, 2019
Final Report: May 20th, 2019

The applications will be reviewed and recipient selected by the Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Scholarship Committee. The scholarship will be awarded and announced on April 30th, 2018 and the winner is expected to attend the Friends of Valle de Oro Gala (Saturday, October 20th, 5:30pm) to be publicly presented with the award.

For a PDF version of the application form, please visit: https://bit.ly/2Kty1EF

If you require a paper form or have questions, please contact:

Aryn LaBrake

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List your Public Service/Community/ Government activities, internships, projects, volunteer opportunities or work experience in the environment/conservation field. List in descending order of significance. Be sure to highlight any experiences you may have had at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Please include the following for each activity: Organization, Supervisor, Role, Dates, Activities/Duties *
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What academic, mentor, or volunteer experiences have you had that led to your interest in the environmental field and environmental focused career? *
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Describe one specific example of your leadership. *
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Do you have any additional information you would like to share with the scholarship selection committee?
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ESSAY (Not to exceed 2,000 characters). Write a short essay addressing all of the following points: 1. Why you have chosen your anticipated field of study; 2. How will this scholarship help you reach your goal(s); 3. What do you hope to do in your career and what types of job positions are you considering after graduating from college; 4. Describe the environmentally related problems or needs of society you want to address when you enter the work field. *
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Provide the Name, Relationship, and Contact Information (Email and Phone) of TWO References (ex: school counselor, adviser, teacher, coach, principal, mentor, work supervisor, etc.) *
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I hereby affirm that all the above stated information provided by me is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also consent, that if chosen as a scholarship winner, my picture may be taken and used to promote the Friends of Valle de Oro Scholarship Program. (Winner may waive photo due to unusual or compelling circumstances.) to aryn@friendsofvalledeoro.org to be eligible. *
I hereby understand that if chosen as a scholarship winner, according to the Friends of Valle de Oro Scholarship policy, I will do my best to be present at the October 19th, 2018 Gala which will include the scholarship awards ceremony. (If circumstances do not allow for a physical presence, attendance may be done by digital means.) *
I hereby understand that if chosen as a scholarship winner, I will be responsible for submitting to the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR a one-paragraph mid-year report by January 10th, 2019 on the status of my program and a report at the end of the school year by May 20th, 2019 stating how the scholarship was used and how it will help me reach my career goal(s). *
I hereby understand I will not submit this application without all required attachments and supporting information. Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet eligibility criteria will not be considered for this scholarship. *
If you receive the 2018-2019 Opening Doors to Nature Education Scholarship, you must either have your college advisor fill out an Advisor Verification of Program Enrollment form, or submit a signed letter on letterhead (via mail or email) verifying enrollment for the 2018 fall semester which includes your advisor's phone number and email. You can find the blank Verification form at: https://bit.ly/2Kty1EF *
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