2023 Local Conservation Scholarship

Congratulations to our 2022 Local Conservation Scholarship winner, Tholen Blasko! Please visit our scholarship winners page to learn more about Tholen and our previous winners.

We support local efforts to conserve and manage wildlife and natural resources in his home area of Northern Virginia. Whether raising money for wildlife habitat protection or helping to maintain the trails in Virginia’s numerous state parks, he endorses those who go out of their way to improve and conserve natural areas.

We are proud to sponsor a scholarship contributing to the awareness and active discussion around nature conservation in the digital age. Younger generations are learning about and taking action on serious issues, such as Earth’s natural resource supply, maintaining ecosystems, species diversity, and environmental functions. We have seen that this generation is focused on making actual changes and implementing policies to protect future generations.

The Local Conservation Scholarship will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment to nature conservation and environmental stewardship in their own community. This $1,000 scholarship is an opportunity to give back to those who have already given their valuable time and energy to worthy causes.

Scholarship Eligibility

All those who apply for the Local Conservation Scholarship must be in good academic standing with their current educational institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Candidates for this scholarship must demonstrate a commitment to environmental conservation using past and present volunteer, professional, and educational experiences. Candidates must be entering an accredited community college, college, university, or post-graduate program.


  • To apply for this scholarship, please submit the following in a single email:
  • An up-to-date resume,
  • An official transcript,
  • A 750-1,000-word personal statement explaining the candidate’s dedication to local conservation and detailing their past and current efforts to contribute to conservation and preservation. What ideas do you have for policy, and how can we make a larger change? Also, in what ways do you encourage others to implement sustainability practices into their lives?


The deadline to apply to the Local Conservation Scholarship is October 31, 2023.

Please send all materials in a single email to with the subject line: “[Applicant’s First and Last Name] – 2023 Local Conservation Scholarship” by the October 31st deadline to be considered.

If you have any questions, please send an email to

Thank you for your interest in the 2023 Local Conservation Scholarship.