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William Jessen Memorial Scholarship
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$500 US Dollars

Application Period:  August 1-October 1


The William Jessen Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an individual whose abstract is approved for presentation at the upcoming NWRA Symposium. One or more scholarship(s) may be awarded to help defray the costs of attending the Symposium for a Symposium Speaker. This scholarship is given through NWRA by Elaine Friedman in memory of her brother William Jessen and in honor of all creatures that capture one's heart, expertise, and time but never make it to release.

Financial support is provided to NWRA symposium speakers who share their valuable information, skills, and expertise with many attendees. This multiplies the positive impact through enabling rehabilitators to help many more animals.

Complete the entire Scholarship Application form (in English please). A completed Presentation Application form (including an abstract/summary) is required for each proposed presentation title. 

NOTE: One or more presentations may be accepted from any speaker regardless of whether the scholarship is awarded to that speaker.

The application deadline is October 1 and the recipient is notified by January 1. The award is announced and presented at the Symposium. Scholarship recipients are asked to write a paragraph or two for the NWRA newsletter summarizing their symposium experiences as a result of receiving the scholarship.

A list of previous scholarship recipients may be found here

Application Forms:

Click here to download the William Jessen Memorial Scholarship Application form as a fillable Word Document that can be submitted by email or by regular mail.

To apply online, please use this form:



Please provide two references, including names, affiliations, and contact information.

The information contained within this application is true to the best of my knowledge. I understand misrepresentation or fraudulent information may be grounds for loss of scholarship funds. I understand, 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 as it is related to financial need or status is not shared and is kept confidential. I understand I may be asked to write a letter of thanks to a scholarship donor and/or to NWRA and the letter to NWRA may be published in part or in its entirety in NWRA materials.

Note: Scholarship recipient is asked to write a paragraph or two for the NWRA newsletter summarizing his/her symposium experience as a result of receiving the scholarship.