College Scholarships

To promote the preservation, awareness, and appreciation of our environment, the Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) offer scholarships to students who are pursuing careers in fish and wildlife management, environmental education and science, and related fields.

Three annual scholarships, one each of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 may be awarded to qualified applicants to be paid directly to their chosen college. The scholarships are to be used for tuition, college fees, books, supplies, and equipment, if required of all other students in the registered courses.

Scholarships are available to students whose home residences are in Maryland and will be entering their junior or senior year or a graduate program at the end of their present college term. Students receiving full scholarships from another source or combination of sources are not eligible.

If you're a student who is interested in applying, please see the fact sheet and application (.docx, .doc, or PDF) available below. The application and required attachments must be postmarked on or before the annual deadline of March 15:

For additional information, please email fobscholarship@gmail.com.


2017 Environmental Sciences Academic Scholarship Winners

The Friends of Blackwater NWR (FOB) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Environmental Sciences Academic Scholarships. This year the FOB awarded scholarships to three outstanding Maryland students majoring in environmental studies fields.

Jacob Shaner of Cambridge, Maryland, received a $3,000 scholarship to further his studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Jacob is pursuing an MS degree in Ecological Systems and is specializing in Fisheries Management. Jacob's experience in wildlife conservation has included work at a remote Pacific atoll, on Assawoman and Assateague Islands on the Delmarva Peninsula, and at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, Maryland.

Warren Staver of Centreville, Maryland, won the $2,000 scholarship. Warren is a student majoring in Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has worked as a field assistant at the University of Maryland Horn Point Laboratory, at Blackwater NWR, and on Nantucket, Poplar, and Hart-Miller Islands. Warren is most interested in the interaction of human and natural systems.

Elizabeth Truitt of Bishopville, Maryland, received the $1,000 scholarship and is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy and is specializing in Coastal and Marine Management at the University of Maryland in College Park. "Libby" is also an intern at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation where she has helped lead tree and wetland plantings to improve the water quality of the Bay and provide habitat for native animals. Libby’s career path will likely be in the direction of Environmental Law with a dream job as a litigator for the CBF.

From left to right: Libby Truitt, Rick Abend (FOB President), Warren Staver, and Marcia Pradines (Project Leader for Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex). Jacob Shaner was unavailable due to field work on the Chesapeake white perch population.
From left to right: "Libby" Truitt, Rick Abend (FOB President), Warren Staver, and Marcia Pradines (Project Leader for Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex). Jacob Shaner was unavailable due to field work on the Chesapeake white perch population.