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The George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarships encourage minority students from diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to participate in the Society's biennial conferences and enhance their interest in the conservation and preservation of parks, protected areas, and cultural sites throughout the world.
The goal of the scholarship is to encourage greater ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity among the park professions. The GWS seeks to encourage scholarship winners to pursue a profession in fields directly related to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites by giving them the opportunity to participate in a professional conference in all its dimensions, whether by taking part in sessions or networking with peers. The presentation of a paper or poster at the conference is encouraged but not required.
What does the scholarship include?
The scholarship consists of a registration fee waiver, a complimentary membership in the George Wright Society for 2013, and, generally, a travel stipend of US$1,000. The travel stipend may be reduced for recipients whose travel originates in close proximity to the conference city (Denver, Colorado).
Who is eligible?
To apply for a George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarship, you must be:
What is expected of scholarship recipients?
Scholarship winners will be expected to take part in various activities with fellow recipients at the conference, such as assisting with the Walkin' in the Footsteps of George Silent Auction. Importantly, each recipient will be assigned a mentor with whom they will meet during the conference in order to maximize their experience.
How are applications judged?
A reviewing panel judges the applications to make sure, first of all, that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements. Then the application is scored primarily on the basis of the applicant's statement of purpose.
The statement of purpose is used to briefly explain the applicant's personal and educational background and discuss his/her career goals. As part of the statement, applicants are asked to explain what relationship (if any) their ethnic, racial, and/or cultural affiliation(s) has/have to their career goals. We are particularly looking for candidates who are interested in addressing some of the current pressing issues for parks, such as global climate change, changing demography within the US and its implications for parks, the need to incorporate sustainable practices into park management, declining historical literacy, the erosion of biological diversity, the need to engage indigenous people and their knowledge in protected area management, and so on. Evidence of strong interest in a career related to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites is also important.
Additionally, preference is given to students who are:
What's the deadline for applications?
December 1, 2012. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid-January 2013.
How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted starting in late June 2012. At that time you'll find a link here to the application form.
Contact the George Wright Society office at email@example.com, or call 1-906-487-9722.