Wyss Scholarship for the Conservation of the American West

Two or three Wyss Scholars will be selected each year on the basis of their leadership potential, commitment to furthering land conservation in the American West, commitment to pursuing a career as a practicing nonprofit or public-sector conservationist, financial need, and academic strength. While experience living or working in the west is preferred, all master's students interested in western lands and sustainability issues are encouraged to apply.  Financial benefits include one-half of the cost of attendance (tuition, room and board, etc.), and funds for a summer internship paid during a student's enrollment at SEAS, and two post-graduate payments. In 2018, the combined value was roughly $80,000 for an out-of-state student, depending on the level of their financial need.

SEAS Application Process: Students interested in applying must email the following items, combined into a single PDF attachment, to seas-financial-aid@uich.edu, no later than 9:00 AM on Monday, November 5, 2018:

  • Essay (500-word limit) detailing your past, present, and future commitment to the field of U.S. Intermountain Western Conservation and how becoming a Wyss Scholar will enhance your career development in the conservation field.
  • Resume (1-2 pages maximum).
  • Outline of your remaining general course of study and the summer 2019 internship possibilities you are exploring (1-page maximum).
  • All transcripts (unofficial is fine; may request from OAP if included with application for admission).
  • Letter of recommendation concerning you as a future conservation leader. You may refer to a specific recommendation letter used for SEAS admission or submit a more recent letter. An email recommendation can be sent by the letter writer directly to seas-financial-aid@umich.edu.
Funding type: 
Application deadline: 
November 5, 2018
Deadline time (if not 11:59 p.m. EST): 
9 a.m.
Key eligibility criteria: 
All master's programs
Funding source: 
Wyss Foundation
Expected funds availability: 
Beginning in Winter 2019
Information session: 
Last updated: 
June 28, 2018