NCWF Scholarships & Grants

For more than 50 years, North Carolina Wildlife Federation has provided scholarships and grants to help hundreds of North Carolina students pursue their dreams of studying and working in the conservation field.

Each year through our financial aid program, we provide up to seven grants to full-time students (graduate or undergraduate) who are enrolled in and attending an accredited NC college or university, including 2-year programs. Eligible students must be majoring in the areas of wildlife, fisheries, forestry, conservation or the environment. Scholarship applications open in the spring and information will be updated here when they are available.

Want to help? Underwrite a Student Scholarship

NCWF has helped more 300 students become professional conservationists working to protect North Carolina’s wildlife and wild places. With your support, we can help even more students to ensure a heritage of wildlife conservation for our children.

You or your company can make a positive difference for a student and for wildlife by underwriting a one-year NCWF Student Scholarship beginning with a tax deductible gift amount of $1,250. Permanent scholarships can also be established in your name or you can create a permanent scholarship in honor of a person, school or in remembrance of a loved one.

Past Recipients

We are proud of all of our scholarship applicants, particularly those who have gone on to achieve significant success in the conservation field.

Past recipients include Scott Fletcher, a longtime NCWF partner and 1985 recipient, is the natural resources manager for Duke Energy. Erin Singer McCombs (2008 recipient) works to restore streams through her role as associate conservation director with American Rivers. R. Wilson Laney (1973 recipient) is a senior biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Dr. David Cobb (1982 recipient) serves as the wildlife management chief for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

We are continuously soliciting applications for scholarship aid from deserving students.

Contact Us

For scholarship program questions, contact Autumn Chappell at or (919) 833-1923.

Support the North Carolina Wildlife Federation

Gather your family and friends and plan your next outdoor adventure for one of North Carolina’s many unforgettable natural destinations. Help NCWF preserve wildlife and wild places for our children and future generations to come.