Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate scholarships available through the Department must be applied for through ScholarDollar$ using your MyNMSU login information. You cannot apply for an individual scholarship, but instead, students are considered for all scholarships for which they are qualified. Through 2015, the Department has given out $ in scholarships to the students in our Department. Applications are due by Tuesday, March 3, 2015. So, fill out the required information on ScholarDollar$ and best wishes!!

Remember, you won’t be successful if you don’t apply, so get to work!

Anthony J. Juliana Memorial

Anthony J. Juliana Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by Mrs. Lorraine Juliana and friends of her late son Tony Juliana, a senior at New Mexico State University, who died following an accident near Navajo Dam in the summer of 1976. The scholarship is effective at the beginning of the Fall semester in August. The scholarship is available for the next academic year to a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in fishery or wildlife science at New Mexico State University. Residents of Eddy County, New Mexico, will receive preference.

Carol Gordon Memorial

The Carol Gordon Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory of Carol Gordon, who was a Fishery Science major. The award is paid at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The award is reserved for sophomore, junior, senior or graduate students who have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and are residents of New Mexico.

Claude Waner Memorial

The Claude Waner (Otero County Wildlife Federation) Memorial Scholarship. This award requires that the student be a junior or senior in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State. First preference is given residents of Otero County.

Hubert Esterbrook - Doña Ana County Associated Sportsmen

This scholarship is donated from the Hubert Esterbrook Memorial Fund and administered by the Doña Ana County Associated Sportsmen. The scholarship will be awarded in variable semester increments to be applied to the cost of tuition, books, research needs, etc. Recipients of the scholarship are eligible to compete for a second award by reapplying for the next year. Preferential consideration is given to natives of New Mexico who are residents of Doña Ana County.

Elliot Barker Memorial

The Elliott Barker Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in fishery or wildlife science. Preference will be given to students who are active outdoor persons (e.g. hunt, fish, hike, camp, etc.), proficient in writing/journalism with good communication skills, involved with fish and wildlife outside the classroom.

Lloyd O. Haun Memorial

The Lloyd O. Haun Memorial Scholarship is offered by the Chavez County Wildlife Federation. The scholarship is awarded to a sophomore,junior or senior who is pursuing a degree in fishery or wildlife science. Recipient must be a resident of Chavez County.

Mesilla Valley Fly Fishers

The Mesilla Valley Fly Fishers Scholarship considers professional promise based on participation in professional societies, work experience and volunteer work for governmental agencies and conservation organizations. Please submit a letter stating your interest in fisheries, and past involvement in fisheries improvement, conservation-related activities and organizations. Indicate your goals after graduation. This scholarship gives preference to students from New Mexico or the El Paso area (length of residency will be considered), and declared Fishery Science majors at NMSU. Applications will be accepted from other majors in biological and natural resource-related fields. Students must be classified as juniors, seniors or graduate students by the time the scholarship is awarded in the Fall semester.

Ocie Gray Memorial

Ocie Gray Memorial Wildlife Scholarship is sponsored and made available by employees of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in memory of Ocie Gray, a graduate of NMSU in the class of 1959. He was killed in the line of duty with the Department of Game and Fish when a plane he was flying in crashed on Jan. 4, 1960. This scholarship becomes effective starting with the Fall semester each year. The amount of each scholarship will be determined on an annual basis and should provide a significant portion of the cost of tuition each semester. The amount will be paid directly to New Mexico State University. Scholarships may be forfeited if the recipient accepts a work program or the like, which takes him or her out of school for a period of time unless prior arrangements have been made with the Director, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The scholarship is made available in the next college year to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are New Mexico residents majoring in Aquatic or Wildlife Ecology and Management at New Mexico State University.

Phillip Church Memorial

The Phillip Church memorial Scholarship is paid at the beginning of the Fall semester. This award is given to a female sophomore with at least a 2.5 grade point average. Preference will be given to a Bernalillo County resident.

William A. "Bill" Humphries Memorial

W.A. "Bill" Humphries Memorial Wildlife Scholarship is sponsored by the employees of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and other friends and associates of Bill Humphries, a twenty-seven year veteran, professional "wildlifer", and Assistant Director of the Department, who died while on official duty on Dec. 28, 1973. The amount of each scholarship is determined on an annual basis and should approximate the cost of tuition per semester. The amount will be paid directly to New Mexico State University. The scholarship becomes effective starting with the Fall semester each year and pays Fall and Spring tuition. Scholarships may be forfeited if the recipient accepts a work program or the like, which takes him or her out of school for a period of time, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Director, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The scholarship is awarded to high school seniors and university freshmen who are New Mexico residents. It is made available for the next college year to a New Mexico resident majoring in Wildlife Management.

Applications from high school seniors applying for the W.A. "Bill" Humphries Scholarship only should be submitted to: Director,New Mexico Department of Game and Fish,#1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM, 87504).

Willis M. (Dub) Bird, Jr. Scholarship

The Willis M. (Dub) Bird, Jr. Scholarship is awarded in the Spring to a student majoring in Wildlife Management. Student must have GPA of at least 2.0. Preference given to an individual active in the NMSU Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Joe Skeen Memorial Scholarship and Internship

Note: This application is made through the Fish and Wildlife Department office. See Doris Morgan for applications.

The USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (WS) Program is pleased to announce the availability of up to four paid summer internship positions during summer 2015. Selected interns will work full time, 40 hrs. per week, in a WS state operational program assisting wildlife biologists in resolution of human-wildlife conflicts, or at the National Wildlife Research Center or an associated field station, assisting research associated with wildlife damage management. Employees will assess, evaluate, make management recommendations, and implement both non-lethal and lethal management strategies for a wide variety of wildlife species and damage management situations. Others may work with research to aid in the development of wildlife damage management techniques. Interns will work alongside WS professionals who will serve as mentors. The goal of this internship program is to provide training and experience for students from under-represented groups who will move directly into USDA/WS jobs after completing two summer work phases and graduation.

Selected interns will also receive scholarships. This scholarship program targeting under-represented groups at New Mexico State University will provide $3,000 ($1,500 per semester) for selected students for up to two years.

Applicants should be able to work in remote areas in varying weather conditions such as rain, high winds, prolonged exposure to intense sunlight, and temperature extremes.

Travel will be paid to and from summer duty stations that could be anywhere in the US. Housing, often a camp trailer, will be provided.

Pay = $12.19/hr. to $13.68/hr. (GS 3 Step 1 first year, GS 4 step 1 second year).

Qualifications: Applicants should have completed their sophomore year by May 2015, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5, and be enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University, majoring in a field such as wildlife science, range management, or animal science that would qualify them for federal wildlife biologist positions upon graduation. Current degree plans of applicants should include the following:

  • At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and
  • At least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and
  • At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.

How To Apply: Completed applications consisting of a brief cover letter (no more than one page), resume, and current college transcript should be submitted to the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology. The cover letter should describe your interests, hobbies, goals, and why you wish to work for USDA/Wildlife Services.

Application Deadline: February 25, 2015