Annual Scholarship Awards
Each year, our chapter awards one or more education scholarships from our chapter’s scholarship fund that is replenished through annual chapter fund raisers.
To apply for a chapter scholarship this year, please review the minimum qualifications and the procedures for submitting an application carefully, as shown below, and be sure to submit your application no earlier than February 1st, and no later than the April 1st deadline.
To find out the number of chapter scholarships that we will be awarding this year, and their dollar amounts, you can filter on the Scholarship category from the News menu.
The Chapter’s objective in offering education scholarships is to assist in the education of students pursuing studies in areas related to the goals of our Chapter.
Who can Apply
The Chapter encourages all eligible individuals who have been accepted into or are currently attending an accredited college, university or technical school to apply. Appropriate curricula for applicants must stress subjects related to conservation and the environment.
When to Apply
Applications may be submitted beginning February 1st but no later than April 1st, the cutoff date.
How To Apply
To ensure your application will be accepted, we have provided this handy summary checklist to help you submit a fully completed application:
• Download the Application form shown at the very bottom of this page under Attachments.
• Using Adobe Reader©, open the form and read the detailed instructions on Sheet#1 carefully, then fill in the Contact Info on Sheet#2; fill in Honors and Extracurricular activities, Work History, and Career Plans on Sheet#3; and write an essay “Why I want this scholarship and what the environment and conservation means to me” on Sheet#4. Finally, save the PDF application (by doing a “save as” from within Adobe Reader) with a filename of your choosing. Note: the Adobe license that permits you to save the data to a file in this manner is imbedded in the form itself.
• When you are ready to submit your application, email the PDF file that you just created to our Chapter email address as an attachment. (Note: less preferably, you can print a blank form, fill it in non-cursively with a pen and mail it via USPS to our Chapter PO box : “Attention: Scholarship Committee Chairman; S-N IWLA; P. O. Box 351; Suffolk, VA 23439”.)
• Send your current grade transcript (either official or unofficial, both are acceptable) to either our Chapter email address or to our Chapter PO box address shown above.
• Request two references from persons unrelated to you who can speak of your character, leadership, and academic ability. At least one (1) of these references must be from a guidance counselor or teacher. Send these references to either our Chapter email address or to our P.O. box address shown above.
If you have any questions, please contact Scholarship Chairman David Perdue at , or send an inquiry to our Chapter email address .
Award Selection Process
The Scholarship Committee currently is comprised of David Perdue (chairman), the Treasurer, Secretary, and Speaker Engagement Coordinator. Each submitted application is reviewed, scored, and ranked objectively by this committee to reach a consensus on the winning nomination(s) which will be presented to the Board of Directors by the Scholarship Chair for approval at the May Chapter board meeting.
Winner(s) will be invited to attend the June (or sometimes July) regular Chapter dinner meeting for award presentations.
The Chapter’s schlolarship fund was established by William E. Ashley from a donation of Cornelia Spivey
in loving memory of her husband Vernon Spivey, a long time supporter of IWLA ideals and its objectives.
Our Chapter’s mandate is to award at least a single $500 scholarship annually, in perpetuity. However, through fund raising efforts and from various donations, the Board of Directors is able to offer larger and/or more numerous scholarships at their discretion. The decision on how many awards to offer, and their dollar amount(s), is made each January at the Board of Directors meeting when approving the year’s budget.
For more information, see how the Scholarship fund was established.
Award Recipients Archive
Our chapter awarded two $2,000 scholarships this year. Here you can see David Perdue, our Chapter Scholarship Committee Chairman, presenting these awards to Eli Hoar on the left, and to Syndie Matkins on the right, during our June member’s dinner meeting. Hoar will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall and is majoring in Soil Science. Matkins will be attending Colorado State in the fall and is majoring in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. The recipients were also our guest speakers for the evening.
On June 21st our chapter awarded two $1500 scholarships, one to Jena Cruz (on the left) and the other to Kelly Lafferty (on the right). Both young women are Suffolk residents and are majoring in environmental science. Jena will be a sophomore at Longwood College and Kelly will be a freshman at Allegheny College in the fall.
Chapter Scholarship Chairman, David Purdue is shown here on July 20, 2016 presenting the two $1500 scholarship awards to Megan Barnes, on the left, and Nicole Troia on the right. Megan Barnes is a junior at Old Dominion University in Norfolk and is majoring in biology.
Nicole Troia is a senior at Hollins University in Roanoke and is majoring in Environmental Studies.
Trevor Fletcher is studying Environmental Protections and Studies at Christopher Newport University.
Nicole Troia is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies at Hollins University.
Mr. Matthew Herrmann is planning to major in Agronomy/College of Crop and Soil Sciences. His career goal is to re-turn to Isle of Wight county to work with farmers on improving crop yields while lessening environment impact.
2013 – Joshua Raby (O.D.U) and Ben Stephenson (Tidewater Community College)
2012 – Joshua Raby (O.D.U) and Thomas Westfall (Va. Tech).
2011 – Ben Stephenson (Tidewater Community College)
2010 – Leslie VanNiel (Unity College, Maine)
2009 – Kaitlin Xander (Auburn University) and Whitney Chavis (Wesleyan, NC)
2008 – No scholarships were awarded due to requirements not being met by any applicants.
2007 – Joshua Holland (Va. Tech) and Jessica Estienne (College of William & Mary)
2006 – Jason Herrala ( Va. Tech). 2/8/12
Follow-up: Jason Herrala, who graduated from Windsor High School in 2005, completed his studies at Virginia Tech and went on to complete his masters degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science at Mississipi State. On December 1, 2011, he started a job as Assistant Director with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, working in Prestonsburg (Eastern KY) at Dewey Lake.
For information on awards prior to 2006, contact H.J. Miller, SN-IWLA Historian.
IWLA National Scholarship
You may be eligible to apply for the IWLA National Conservation Scholarship as well, however, this National scholarship is not administered by our chapter.