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Continuing reading to learn about all of NWRA's scholarship opportunities. To learn more and review further requirements, click on the scholarship name to be taken to a separate page. 


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.

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.

Don Ferguson Memorial Scholarship
The Don Ferguson 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 Don Ferguson, a friend of brown pelicans and all aquatic birds, and enthusiastic volunteer at International Bird Rescue, San Pedro, CA.

Dr. Linda Wolf CARE for Wildlife Education Scholarship
Dr. Linda 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 or more scholarships may be given annually to wildlife rehabilitators 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 $650 credit 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 Veterinary Student 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. Donald 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.

 



WILDLIFE HOUSING

NWRA Wildlife Housing Scholarship
This scholarship benefits NWRA members and licensed/permitted rehabilitators through an opportunity to receive a cash scholarship for building, repairing, or renovating housing 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 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