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Apprentice Ecologist Initiative

Offered by Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Apr 10, 2023
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

High School & College Students

Application deadline:

December 31, 2023

Scholarship Overview

Are you a middle, high school, or college student passionate about environmental cleanup and conservation efforts? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative! Each year, the initiative asks students to conduct their own environmental stewardship project, take a few photos of their project, write an essay about it, and submit their favorite project photo as well as their essay. After doing so, you will officially be an Apprentice Ecologist and your work will be published on the Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists! Further, the authors of the top three essays will be awarded $1,750 and receive a personalized crystal award. The scholarship is offered by the Nicodemus Wilderness Project, an organization dedicated to “coordinating volunteer events worldwide that utilize the resources of the community to provide long-term environmental benefits for natural areas.”

If you believe in the importance of conservation and want to potentially start saving money for college, we encourage you to apply to the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative!

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to middle, high school, and college-aged students between 13 and 21 years of age. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements and partake in an environmental stewardship project.

Grade Level

High School & College Students

Minimum GPA

No GPA requirement

Academic Interest

Environmental Science

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials.

1,500-word essay


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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Nicodemus Wilderness Project at mai[email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative is not renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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