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NWRA Cage Building Scholarship
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Up to $2,000 (US dollars)

Application Period:  August 1-October 1

The NWRA Cage Building Scholarship is established through the generous contribution of a member donor for a 2012 award, and may be continued into future years through the generosity of a variety of donors, including any NWRA members who wish to contribute. The amount available in any one year depends on the amount of funding received from donors. The specific amount is decided in advance so it can be announced during the summer prior to application for and the scholarship being awarded.

This scholarship benefits NWRA members and licensed/permitted rehabilitators through an opportunity to receive a cash scholarship for building, repairing, or renovating caging used exclusively for the rehabilitation of wildlife. NWRA matches an amount to be raised by the applicant; in other words, NWRA may fund up to one-half the projected cost of a project, but not more than the donated amount NWRA has available in that particular year and not over the $2,000 NWRA scholarship total.

NWRA’s goal is to help rehabilitators meet wildlife housing requirements as published in the Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation. In many cases it also helps meet the requirements for state, federal, and provincial rehabilitation permit renewal. Preference is given to NWRA members and to home-based licensed/permitted rehabilitators.

Along with the completed application form, the applicant must submit a business plan including: 

  •  A detailed description of the project and why it is needed

  • The name of the project manager and why this person is qualified to lead the project

  • A blueprint or drawing of the proposed cage/repairs showing dimensions

  • A materials list and an estimate/quote of costs for the entire project

  • An explanation of where the balance of funding is expected to come from, including a list of potential donations of money and materials

  • Species, including age and condition, to be housed in this particular cage

  • An explanation of how this cage will affect your rehabilitation

  • Copies of state, provincial, and/or federal wildlife rehabilitation permits currently held and issued to the applicant

  • Two letters of recommendation

The application process is announced during the summer and applications must be postmarked by October 1. The scholarship winner is notified no later than January 1. During the following NWRA symposium, the scholarship winner is announced and funds are awarded; recipient need not be present.

The scholarship recipient must submit a report to NWRA by December 1 of the year funds are received showing how the money was used in accordance with the business plan accompanying the application, and must include pictures of completed cage or repairs together with receipts for materials, labor (if applicable), and all other expenses paid from scholarship funds. If the project is not completed by December 1 of the year in which funds are awarded, all funds must be returned to NWRA no later than December 1.

A list of previous scholarship recipients may be found here.

Application Forms

Click here to download the NWRA Cage Building Scholarship Application form as a fillable Word Document that can be submitted by email or by regular mail.

The online application is below.  Please note:  There is a large number of required materials that will need to be uploaded.  If you will not be uploading these documents please mail to:

NWRA

ATTN: Scholarships

2625 Clearwater Rd. Suite #110

St. Cloud, MN 56301

Or email scanned documents to:

BAC@NWRAwildlife.org


By clicking on the electronic signature above I agree to the statement below:
The information contained within this application is true to the best of my knowledge. I understand that misrepresentation or fraudulent information may be grounds for loss of scholarship funds. I understand that, in accepting a scholarship from the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, I give permission to announce my receipt of a scholarship to the scholarship donors and to the NWRA Board of Directors and members. I further give permission to list my name as a scholarship recipient in the NWRA newsletter, the NWRA annual report and on the NWRA website. All personal information related to financial need or status supplied by the applicant is not shared and is kept confidential. I understand that I am requested to write a paragraph or two summarizing how this scholarship and the new/repaired caging has affected my rehabilitation and that it may be published in part or in its entirety in NWRA materials. I further understand that I must submit a report to NWRA by December 1 of the year scholarship funds are awarded showing how the money was used in accordance with the business plan accompanying this application, and I must include pictures of the completed cage or repairs together with receipts for materials, labor (if applicable) and all other expenses paid from scholarship funds. If renovating or repairing, I understand my final report is to include before and after photos of the cage. If the project is not completed by December 1 of the year in which funds are awarded, I will return all funds to NWRA no later than December 1 of year funds were awarded.