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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.

Applications are accepted from August 1st to October 1st of each year (with the exception of the Ed Hiestand Memorial Veterinary Student Scholarship) ~ to be awarded March the next year.

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.

Patty Manning Memorial Scholarship (New)

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 in the amount of $500 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. One scholarship is 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.

Rachel Fischoff Educational Scholarship

The Rachel Fischoff Educational Scholarship is a $650 credit certificate 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 certificate is given through NWRA by Rachel Fischoff, a life member of NWRA

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 and not over the $2,000 NWRA scholarship total.

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. 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.

Eric Orendorff Memorial Scholarship

The Eric Orendorff Memorial Scholarship, established by Bea and Gary Orendorff in loving memory of their son, is a certificate to purchase books and other published wildlife educational materials from NWRA. Preference is given to beginning rehabilitators.


Ed Hiestand Memorial Veterinary Student Scholarship,  abstract deadline December 15th of each year

Call for papers is open to all veterinary students.  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 wild 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.  

 


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

 
NWRA Awards

NWRA Research Grants