GWS2015: George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarship Application

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The George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarships are for currently enrolled college/university minority students from ethnic, racial, and cultural groups that historically have been underrepresented in the fields of natural and cultural resources. Students who are currently enrolled either as (1) a full-time junior, senior, or graduate student in a 4-year institution OR (2) a student at any level, full- or part-time, enrolled in a 2-year minority-serving institution (including tribal colleges) are eligible to apply. We are looking for candidates who are strongly interested in the possibility of pursuing careers in fields related to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. The presentation of a paper or poster at the conference is encouraged, but not required. Items marked with an asterisk are required fields.

Not sure? Check the U.S. Department of Education's lists of:
(1) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (
(2) Alaska Native-Serving Institutions (
(3) High Hispanic Enrollment Institutions (
(4) Hispanic-Serving Institutions (
(5) Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (
(6) Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (

In the box above, please give your current course schedule. List each course on a separate line.

If you are a senior doing an honors project, or a graduate student, please give the title of your honors project / master's thesis / PhD dissertation.

Presentation of a paper, etc., is NOT required to apply for a scholarship. Note that the deadline for abstracts is October 1.

Joining the GWS is encouraged, but is not required to apply. See for details.

Format as one paragraph, please.

Use the statement of purpose to briefly explain your personal and educational background and discuss your career goals. As part of the statement, explain what relationship (if any) your ethnic, racial, and/or cultural affiliation(s) has/have to your 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.

If you are working on getting supplementary financial support from your institution, give the amount, source, and whether the funds are "anticipated" or "confirmed."

We strongly encourage applicants to seek additional financial support from their institution to supplement the scholarship. The place to start is with your major advisor; s/he should be able to tell you about what is available. If you are selected, we can provide your institution with a formal letter verifying your scholarship.