Scholarships

Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships are highly competitive, and typically go to Fisheries and Wildlife students that are academically strong, active within the department, and active within the profession.

Incoming Freshman Scholarship

Hal and Jean Glassen Wildlife Conservation and Stewardship Scholarship ($5,000/renewable for 4 years)

  • The Hal and Jean Glassen Wildlife Conservation and Stewardship Endowment established a scholarship to encourage students with demonstrated academic excellence and interests in enhancing wildlife conservation and stewardship for Michigan’s citizens, to attend Michigan State University and major in Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Awarded to an OUTSTANDING incoming freshman.
  • Recipient must maintain a 3.2 or higher cumulative grade point average and major in Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Students with a high school cumulative GPA of at least a 3.75 will be considered for this scholarship. Preference for students admitted to the MSU Honors College.

Current Student Scholarships

These scholarships are highly competitive. Most scholarships go to students that have been on the MSU campus and have proven themselves for at least 1 semester. We presently do not have scholarships for new transfer students.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must apply annually. A call for scholarship applications will be e-mailed to students in the Fall semester, and applications will be made available at the Academic Advising Center (Room 40) or electronically via e-mail or from this website. Recipients will be announced during the Spring semester. Recipients attend the CANR Honors Banquet, which occurs during the Spring semester each year, to honor their accomplishments.

Andy Ammann Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society Scholarship ($750)

  • This scholarship goes to a student who has demonstrated high scholarship, special interest in upland ecology, and professional development and potential in forest game bird management.

Rebecca Humphries Undergraduate Scholarship ($1,000)

  • The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and facilitate individuals from underserved communities to become future leaders in conservation. This award is named in honor of Rebecca Humphries, who became the first female director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE) on April 19, 2004, after serving 6 years as the Chief of the Wildlife Division. Director Humphries stands at the vanguard of new agency leaders who are not only willing to involve the public, but who also have the skills to involve the public effectively so that the long-term sustainability of the resource is not compromised by short-term societal desires. Rather she understands that resource integrity and productivity is enhanced by the inclusion of society’s diverse voices combined with scientific understanding. She graduated from Michigan State University, with an undergraduate degree in fisheries and wildlife and has received the Distinguished Service to CANR Award (2001), the CANR Outstanding Alumnus Award (2007), and Michigan State University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award (2007). Director Humphries has been a strong and tireless proponent for providing opportunities for underrepresented students including policy internships and the Natural Resources Scholars Program and is an outstanding leader and role model for all biologists; most notably women pursuing natural resources related careers.

Michigan Charter Boat Assoc. Denny Grinold Scholarship (2 @ $1,500)

  • This award is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. This scholarship is awarded to students interested in fishing issues, especially dealing with Great Lakes and sports fishing.

International Wildlife Undergraduate Scholarship ($1,000)

  • The purpose of this award is to recognize a student who has demonstrated a commitment and passion to global issues in wildlife conservation. Michigan State University and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife are strongly committed to supporting our students as global citizens. This award will recognize a student who has shown a dedication to issues of global importance in wildlife conservation. Students who have participated in a Study Abroad or other international experiences will be given preference for this award.

Jeffery D. Rupert Leadership Excellence Award ($1,000)

  • This scholarship was established to recognize a Fisheries and Wildlife major who has exhibited extraordinary leadership abilities both in and outside the department; been involved in professional societies as a member of the MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club and/or a member of the American Fisheries Society or The Wildlife Society; and illustrated scholastic excellence and demonstrates a high potential for success in the fisheries and wildlife field.

Peter I. Tack Undergraduate Scholarship ($1,000)

  • This scholarship was established to provide support and encouragement to undergraduate students in the fisheries and wildlife major who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

Niles R. Kevern Undergraduate Scholarship ($1,000)

  • This scholarship is awarded to a student with a Fisheries and Wildlife major who has demonstrated strong academic achievement, dedication to the mission of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the potential to be successful in their profession.

Merrill “Pete” Petoskey Undergraduate Scholarship ($1,000)

  • This scholarship is awarded to a student with a Fisheries and Wildlife major who has demonstrated financial need, minimum 30 credits earned at MSU, 3.0 minimum grade point average, dedication to the mission of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and evidence of leadership abilities.

Anglers of the Au Sable Undergraduate Scholarship ($1,000)

  • This scholarship was established to provide support and encouragement to undergraduate students in the fisheries and wildlife major who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. This award will recognize a full time senior enrolled in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Preference will be given to residents of the State of Michigan with demonstrated interest in freshwater fish biology, which best adheres to the principals of the Anglers of the Au Sable (preserve, protect and enhance the Au Sable River System for future generations of fly fishers).

Awards

Fisheries and Wildlife Faculty Outstanding Senior ($2,000)

  • This award goes to the senior in Fisheries and Wildlife who has demonstrated high scholastic achievement and has contributed to the goals of the University, the Department, and to the fisheries and wildlife profession.
  • Students considered for this award are nominated and voted on by the Fisheries and Wildlife faculty.

Fisheries and Wildlife Club Most Active Member

  • This award goes to a Fisheries and Wildlife Club member who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Club and its activities.
  • Students considered for this award are nominated and voted by members of the Fisheries and Wildlife Club.

Fisheries and Wildlife Club Scholastic Achievement

  • This award goes to the Fisheries and Wildlife Club member with the highest cumulative grade point average.

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Non-MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Related Scholarships

(these scholarships are administered by the listed organization)

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Additional MSU Scholarship Sites

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