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As part of our shared mission with the National Wildlife Federation, our work includes inspiring the next generation of conservationists and mobilizing a diverse conservation army to broaden the stewardship ethic, conservation action, public and private investments, and support for policy changes necessary to save thousands of at-risk species in our time. We are proud to offer two scholarship opportunities for students interested in conservation or environmental education.

The Holt Scholarship is a $1000 scholarship awarded to a student who is majoring or minoring in a field related to resource conservation or environmental education.

The Holt BIPOC Scholarship is a $1000 scholarship awarded to a student who is majoring or minoring in a field related to resource conservation or environmental education and identifies as Black, Indigenous, and/or a person of color.

The deadline to apply is June 30. See FAQ at the bottom of this page for more info.

Past Winners

Emma Smyth

University of Cincinnati
Year: 2021

Phoebe Soldi

Purdue University
Year: 2020

Maiya Rizzo

West Michigan University
Year: 2019

Donna Riner

DePauw University
Year: 2018

Jacob Reeves

Butler University
Year: 2017

Crystal Nichols

Ball State University
Year: 2016

Spencer Wesche

Franklin College
Year: 2015

Maricela Aviles

Purdue University
Year: 2014

Online Application

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    What is the most pressing environmental or natural resource issue currently affecting indiana wildlife? Why is this issue important to you? What could you do to help?
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Have a question? Check out our FAQs. If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, send us a message on our contact page.

    What are the application requirements?

    Applicants must be Indiana residents accepted for study or already enrolled for the current semester as a full-time student at the undergraduate level as a sophomore or above in an accredited college or university.

    Applicants must be taking coursework to major or minor in a field related to resource conservation or environmental education.

    In addition, the selected applicant will be asked to submit a brief update of his/her activities at the end of the year, which will be presented at the next year’s annual business meeting.

    The recipient will receive priority consideration for a semester or summer-long internship.

    When will award recipients be notified?

     The award recipient will be notified by November of the application year. The recipient is invited to attend the Annual Indiana Wildlife Conference to be recognized as the scholarship recipient.

    How is the scholarship distributed?

    Scholarship money will be forwarded to the college or university and must be used during the current academic year. 

    What does the scholarship cover?

    The money can be used to help pay tuition, room and board, books or academic fees that are payable to the college or university. The funds may not be used to pay late charges or fines.

    Where can I send a print application?

    Indiana Wildlife Federation Endowment
    Scholarship Committee
    PO Box 55245
    Indianapolis, IN 46205-0245

    What is the application deadline?

    All applications must be completed and all must be received by June 30.  

    Can I submit a printed version of the application?

    A print application is available here