The Scholars for Conservation Leadership Program (SCLP) is in the process of recruiting students for Rally 2020. Applications are due May 1 (although I may extend that deadline given the current situation).

As you know, the 2019 pilot program (https://www.landtrustalliance.org/blog/scholars-conservation-leadership-program) brought together 10 undergraduate college students from across the country for a one-day professional development experience in conjunction with Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference, held in Raleigh, NC, October 17-19, 2019. Students heard from leaders in conservation and natural resource management and gained exposure and skills in support of their career development. After the seminar, the students, under the guidance of the program leaders and a mentor from the land trust community, attended the conference where they had the opportunity to participate in numerous educational trainings and workshops and connect with young professionals and conservation practitioners from across the nation. Out of the initial cohort, one student was selected to participate in a paid year-long Fellowship with a land trust to gain on-the-job experience at a critical time in their academic and early career.

The 2020 program will bring together 10 undergraduate college students from across the country for a one-day professional development experience in conjunction with Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference (Rally), being held in Portland, OR, October 8-10, 2020. After the seminar, the students will attend the conference where they will have the opportunity to participate in numerous educational trainings and workshops and connect with professionals from across the nation. Additionally, each scholar will be partnered with a mentor during the conference. The scholars will be honored at the conference and one of the scholarship recipients will also be awarded a one year fellowship to intern with a land trust.

Application Link: go.ncsu.edu/SCLP or https://forms.gle/93tTHAQoyrC8KDvA7

Application details:

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Undergraduate seniors (projected graduation date May 2021) from underrepresented minority groups – as well as other students – with a demonstrated commitment to the program’s mission
  • Enrolled in an institution within the United States

Participants are selected based on academic and professional promise, interest in exploring a career in natural resources and conservation, and availability to attend the entire Rally 2020 conference.

Preference will be given to students who:

  • Demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in natural resources and conservation
  • Demonstrate an interest in an internship at a land trust
  • Are from underrepresented minority groups

Application Requirements:

  • Contact Information
  • Academic Information
  • Contact information for a reference
  • Resume
  • An Essay (500 word max.) explaining interest in a career in natural resources and conservation