The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™
An $850 educational scholarship will be awarded annually to the authors of the top Apprentice Ecologist essay in the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™. This tax-free and merit-based scholarship is available to any full or part-time student (aged 13 to 21) who is a candidate for a degree/diploma at a primary, secondary, or accredited post-secondary educational institution from any country around the world. The award covers:
1) tuition and fees to enroll in or attend an accredited post-secondary (undergraduate or graduate at college or university) educational institution and/or
2) fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for your courses. Please see tips below for writing your essay.
The goals of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ are to:
- Elevate youth into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup and conservation projects,
- Empower young people to rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities,
- Improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through education, activism, and action
Here's how to become an official Apprentice Ecologist and be considered for a scholarship:
- Conduct your own environmental stewardship project in 2015 .
- Take a few digital photos of your project in action.
- Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.
- Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.
Examples of projects that other Apprentice Ecologists have completed in the past include:
- Removing and recycling trash from a local park, river, beach, or other natural area
- Planting native trees at a school, local park, or in a deforested area
- Starting a community or school recycling program
- Protecting a terrestrial or aquatic area for native wildlife
- Promoting the conservation of an endangered species or area
- Educating others about wildlife or conservation issues
- Removing graffiti from natural areas
- Taking steps to prevent pollution/contamination locally
- Removing nonnative vegetation so that native vegetation can flourish
- Improving awareness about the importance of using renewable energy sources
- Reducing soil erosion by maintaining established trails and closing off short-cuts
- Assisting the elderly with their yards by planting/maintaining vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat
- Building a rain garden that utilizes roof runoff to grow vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat