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NWRA offers a wide variety of scholarships to support wildlife rehabilitators. Click on the links below for detailed instructions and application forms.

1. Scholarship applications are accepted from August 1st to October 1st of each year; notifications are sent by January 1. (Exception is the Ed Hiestand Memorial Veterinary Student Scholarship which has different deadlines and notification dates.)

2. Recipients are asked to send a recent head-shot photograph to be shown as recipients are announced at the annual member meeting during the symposium (optional). Send to NWRA by February 15.

3. Symposium scholarship money is presented during the symposium; cage building and educational materials scholarships are generally sent to recipients during January/February.

4. Individuals may apply for as many scholarships as they like.

5. Only one scholarship is awarded per person in any given year.

6.  Preference is given to applicants not receiving a scholarship from NWRA in the last year or two.

7. Each recipient is asked to write a paragraph or two for the NWRA newsletter summarizing benefits or experiences due to receiving the scholarship. Send to NWRA by May 15.

8. For symposium attendance scholarships:

  • Recipients are expected to attend at least three full days of the symposium (may include  pre-conference seminar). NWRA reserves the right to withhold scholarship fund disbursement if attendance requirement is not fulfilled.
  • Recipients are responsible for registering in a timely manner to obtain a seat in any limited enrollment seminars and workshops they may wish to attend (available on a first-come, first-serve basis). 
  • Recipients must pick up award checks on Friday during the symposium.

Please note that NWRA offers online applications for scholarships.  When using the online form, we recommend that you answer the form questions in a word processing document and then copy/paste your responses into the form to ensure that you have a backup of your information.  NWRA will continue to provide fillable Word documents of all scholarship forms that may be filled out electronically and e-mailed to the Central Office or may be printed out to be filled out by hand and mailed to the Central Office.

SCHOLARSHIPS TO ATTEND NWRA SYMPOSIUM:

Alma Natura Trust Scholarship

The Alma Natura Trust (North American Region) Scholarship is given to enhance the education of wildlife rehabilitators. One scholarship is awarded to help defray expenses of attending the NWRA Symposium. This scholarship is given through NWRA by two NWRA members who wish to support rehabilitator education and training and to nurture interactions with Nature.  Applicants must reside in Canada, United States, or Mexico. Residents of other countries, please apply for the Alma Natura Trust International Scholarship.

Patty Manning Memorial Scholarship

The Patty Manning Memorial Scholarship is given though NWRA by members Dianne Barr, DVM, and Denise Barr in loving memory of a devoted rehabilitator and kind friend. One scholarship is awarded to an individual to improve their skills and knowledge by attending the NWRA Symposium. Preference is given to a person working to rehabilitate and release mammals, and/or reptiles, and/or amphibians.

Debra L. Chandler Memorial Scholarship

The Debra L. Chandler Memorial Scholarship is given to enhance the education of wildlife rehabilitators. Two scholarships are awarded to help defray expenses of attending the NWRA Symposium. This scholarship is given through NWRA by Barry D. Chandler, MD, and the Chandler family in loving memory of Debbie Chandler, a long-time NWRA member and dedicated wildlife rehabilitator who touched many lives, both animal and human.

Eric Sticht Memorial Scholarship

The Eric Sticht Memorial Scholarship is given to enhance the education of wildlife rehabilitators. One scholarship is awarded to help defray expenses of attending the NWRA Symposium. This scholarship is given through NWRA by Dave Weeshoff in memory of Eric Sticht, a friend of aquatic birds and enthusiastic volunteer at the International Bird Rescue Research Center, San Pedro, CA.

James J. Wolf CARE for Wildlife Education Scholarship

The James J. Wolf CARE for Wildlife Education Scholarship is given to enhance the education of wildlife rehabilitators. One scholarship is awarded to help defray expenses of attending the NWRA Symposium. This scholarship is given through NWRA by Linda Wolf, DVM in memory of her father, James J. Wolf. Preference is given to rehabilitators who have little exposure to national and state conferences.  

Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitator Scholarship

One scholarship may be given annually to a wildlife rehabilitator from the state of Maryland to help defray expenses of attending the NWRA symposium for education and training. This scholarship is given through NWRA with funds provided by the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center. 

Michigan Wildlife Rehabilitator Continuing Education Scholarship

The Michigan Wildlife Rehabilitator Continuing Education Scholarship assists a Michigan-permitted wildlife rehabilitator to attend the NWRA annual symposium and take (at least) one workshop that may count as continuing education credit required by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for permit renewal. This scholarship is given through NWRA with funds provided by Michigan Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.

 

SYMPOSIUM ATTENDANCE & PUBLICATIONS

Rachel Fischoff Educational Scholarship

The Rachel Fischoff Educational Scholarship is a scholarship redeemable through NWRA to pay for any combination of NWRA educational publications, including shipping; NWRA symposium fees, including registration, field trips and/or workshops; and NWRA membership dues (for up to two years). This scholarship is given through NWRA by Rachel Fischoff, a life member of NWRA.

 

VETERINARY STUDENT SYMPOSIUM ATTENDANCE

Donald L. Burton Veterinary Student Scholarship

The Donald L. Burton Scholarship is given to enhance the education of a veterinary student interested in working with wildlife. One scholarship is awarded annually to help defray expenses of attending the NWRA symposium.  This scholarship is given through NWRA by friends of Dr. Burton to honor his contributions to wildlife medicine and his passion for helping sick and injured wildlife.  

Ed Hiestand Memorial Veterinary Student Scholarship (paper competition) 

Abstract deadline December 15th of each year

This scholarship provides an opportunity to present at a respected national symposium, publish in a peer-reviewed journal, and spend time with wildlife rehabilitation veterinarians and professionals. Call for papers is open to all veterinary students, including interns and residents. The paper should cover a topic related to a veterinary aspect of wildlife rehabilitation (diagnosis, transmission, pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of specific disease; an actual case report; a wildlife medicine-related study; etc.) and may consist of a literature review, a personal experience, or both.  Click here to view a list of previous winners students and the topics of their papers.  

 

SYMPOSIUM ATTENDANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL INDIVIDUAL

 Alma Natura Trust International Scholarship

The Alma Natura Trust International Scholarship is given to enhance the education of wildlife rehabilitators. One scholarship is awarded to help defray expenses of attending the NWRA Symposium. This scholarship is given through NWRA by two NWRA members who wish to support education and training of rehabilitators from abroad. Applicants may reside anywhere on the globe except Canada, United States, and Mexico. Residents of those countries, please apply for the Alma Natura Trust North American Region Scholarship. Preference is given to candidates from developing countries.

 

CAGE BUILDING 

NWRA Cage Building Scholarship

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. This scholarship is funded by two NWRA members; additional funding is provided by the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center. Preference is given to NWRA members and to home-based licensed/permitted rehabilitators.

 

SYMPOSIUM SPEAKER

William Jessen Memorial Scholarship

The William Jessen Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an individual whose abstract is approved for presentation at the upcoming NWRA Symposium. Scholarships 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.

 

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS/PUBLICATIONS

Educational Materials Scholarship

Up to five scholarships may be given annually to help wildlife rehabilitators purchase the vital educational and reference publications needed to be informed and effective. Each is a $500 credit redeemable through NWRA. This scholarship is given through NWRA with funds provided by the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center.  

Interested in other types of NWRA support? Click the links below:

 
NWRA Awards

NWRA Research Grants