Environmental Protection And Nature Conservation Essay Contest

If you are are trying to save the world by recycling, conserving water, or participating in clean-up days in your community, you have an interest in Environmentalism, Conservation, and/or Sustainability causes. There are quite a few scholarships open to students who care about our planet! Some are for students who have an interest in making a different, while others are for students who are studying Environmental Science, Sustainability or other related fields. If you have an interest in Environmentalism, Conservation, and Sustainability, these scholarships are for you!

Blades of Green Scholarship
Sponsor: Blades of Green
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who are studying environmental studies or related fields. Applicant must submit a personal essay on their plans after graduation, passion for their intended field, and what inspired them to pursue their intended career path.

Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Scholarship
Sponsor: American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: March 30, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors in Minnesota with plans to attend post-secondary education. Applicant must submit an essay or video on a given topic related to alternative fuel.

AMS Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Air & Waste Management Association: Allegheny Mountain Section
Amount: Up to $4,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled or high school students accepted for full-time enrollment in a four-year college or university program in Western Pennsylvania or West Virginia, which will lead to a career in the environmental fields.

Future Resources Scholarship
Sponsor: Virginia Beach Criminal Lawyers
Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to current students enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational institution who have a continued interest in environmental stewardship and the protection of natural resources, based on volunteer, professional, and academic experience.

NEWWA Scholarships
Sponsor: New England Water Works Association
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: April 1, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who reside in New England or attend a college/university in New England. Applicant must be majoring in civil engineering or environmental engineering and be a member of NEWWA.

PowerScout Smart Energy Home Scholarship Award
Sponsor: PowerScout
Amount: $500
Closing Date: April 1, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to current, full-time students at an accredited American/Canadian university or college with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay and/or video about a clean tech topic of interest.

Eckenfelder Scholarship
Sponsor: Brown and Caldwell
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession. Applicant must be in his/her Junior, Senior year or graduate program at an accredited college or university and have a declared major in civil, chemical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences.

Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Calaveras Big Trees Association
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: April 15, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in an accredited California post-secondary educational institution whose educational career goal coincides in communicating and interpreting nature’s wonder. Applicant must be pursuing degrees in environmental protection, forestry, wildlife and fisheries biology, parks and recreation, park management, environmental law and public policy, environmental art, or California history.

GLBTQ Scholarship
Sponsor: Brown and Caldwell
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning and who are enrolled in his/her Junior, Senior year or graduate program at an accredited college or university and applicant must have a declared major in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Sponsor: Barron Prize
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2018
Description: Prize is open to students between the ages of 8 and 18 years of age who are permanent residents of the United States or Canada. Applicant must be nominated for an extraordinary service activity which has clearly benefited other people or the planet we share.

Minority Scholarship
Sponsor: Brown and Caldwell
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to minority students who are enrolled in his/her Junior, Senior year or graduate program at an accredited college or university and applicant must have a declared major in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences.

Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship
Sponsor: Pelican Water Systems
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: April 15, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States who are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the United States. Applicant must submit a photo on Instagram on what water conservation means to them.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition
Sponsor: Water Environment Federation (WEF)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: April 15, 2018
Description: Competition is open to students ages 15-20 in grades 9-12. Applicant must submit a water-related science project. Teams of up to three students may enter.

Women in Leadership Scholarship
Sponsor: Brown and Caldwell
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to female students who are enrolled in her Junior, Senior year or graduate program at an accredited college or university and applicant must have a declared major in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences.

Don’t mess with Texas Scholarships
Sponsor: Don’t mess with Texas
Amount: Up to $6,000
Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to Texas high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to prevent litter in their school and/or community.

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
Sponsor: The Wilderness Society
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in North America who have academic and/or career goals focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States.

NPG Essay Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Negative Population Growth (NPG)
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: April 20, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicant must select one of the given environmental issues and explain how it is made worse by population growth.

E-waste Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students and current or entering college or graduate students at any level. Applicant must answer in 140-characters or less “the most important reason to care about e-waste is…”

Rinse, Recycle, Repeat: Create a Recycling Bin for Your Bathroom!
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2018
Description: Nearly half of Americans don’t regularly recycle their empty beauty and personal care products. Create a bin to recycle empty beauty and personal care products in the bathroom. You’ll remind others to recycle, keep plastic out of landfills, and you’ll automatically be entered to win the scholarship. Unlimited entries.

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Over 200 attend kickoff for three-year art exhibit scheduled for venues across New Jersey and New York

This weekend the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation attracted over 200 art and wildlife enthusiasts to the premiere showing of their Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition at D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton.

More than 200 supporters, including Governor Tom Kean (and four of our Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest winners), attended our Opening Reception for the premiere exhibition of Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition at D&R Greenway Land Trust on September 30th.

Former Gov. Tom Kean headlined the program, along with the nationally recognized artist Mr. Fiorentino, Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) executive director David Wheeler, and D&R Greenway president & CEO Linda Mead. CWF field biologists were also present to discuss their innovative work protecting and restoring the region’s vulnerable wildlife species, many species of which were featured in Mr. Fiorentino’s paintings, as well as a live peregrine falcon, the fastest animal on earth, displayed by Mercer County Wildlife.

The event also honored several 5th-grade winners of the statewide Species on the Edge Art and Essay Contest, who were congratulated by the former Governor and Mr. Fiorentino before a cheering audience to conclude the program.

Crowd gathered at the art opening reception at D&R Greenway.

Mr. Fiorentino has painted 25 stunning watercolor images of at-risk wildlife species from New Jersey for this exhibition, from the bobcat and bald eagle to the Pine Barrens tree frog and little brown bat. The exhibition will travel around New Jersey and the Northeast over the next three years.

At 15, Mr. Fiorentino became the youngest artist to be featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame with paintings of baseball legends like Reggie Jackson, Cal Ripken Jr. and Ted Williams; his sports art has since graced national magazines and landed him in interviews with ABC World News Tonight and countless other news studios. Now 39, Fiorentino’s Conserve Wildlife Foundation exhibit is being hosted at D&R Greenway through October 14.

“Renowned as one of the best sports artists in the country, Jim’s works hang in major museums,” says Governor Kean, who met the artist while serving as president of Drew University—Fiorentino was a student there in the 1990s, when his sports figures started receiving national attention. He was featured on ABC World News and in The New York Times. “In recent years he has turned to wildlife. Jim has created an amazing body of work… Many of the creatures he paints are endangered, and Jim celebrates their uniqueness and beauty.”

Fiorentino’s realistic paintings depict some of the state’s most endangered and vulnerable species. Among other venues, the exhibition will be shown at Salmagundi Club at 47 Fifth Avenue in New York next spring.

“Mr. Fiorentino’s incredibly evocative artwork inspires viewers by reconnecting them with the natural world all around us,” says Conserve Wildlife Foundation executive director and wildlife author David Wheeler. “His watercolor paintings help to educate and engage viewers about the precipitous declines that many of these vulnerable wildlife species have suffered, and helps us bring attention to the very tangible steps that people can take to save these species.”

Gov. Kean and Wheeler wrote the foreword and introduction, respectively, for the art exhibition hardcover book accompanying the exhibition. Through October, sales of the original paintings, limited edition digital prints, the exhibition book, and wildlife merchandise will benefit Conserve Wildlife Foundation and D&R Greenway Land Trust.

“The subject of disappearing New Jersey wildlife speaks directly to the work that we do to protect habitats,” says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “As an admirer of James Fiorentino’s artistic talent, I am thrilled that we were selected as the premiere venue for this exhibition.”

Fiorentino started painting animals when he was 10, and he later became a trustee for the Raptor Trust in Millington, N.J.

“We rehabilitate 4,000 wild birds a year and release about half that number,” says Fiorentino. “These wild birds have had a tremendous influence on me. I enjoy getting close to birds of prey, and it brought me back to nature art.” Before going back to his studio to paint the details, Fiorentino sketches the animals up close, sometimes holding them, taking in their details.

His two young sons enjoy being in nature, the oldest son joining his father to draw wildlife, especially butterflies—proving that humans, too, benefit from having wildlife in their midst. “I am awed by what we see in our own backyard: the Eastern box turtle, great horned owl, pileated woodpeckers, foxes, hawks and butterflies,” says Fiorentino. “It’s an amazing backyard ecosystem.”

Eastern Box Turtle by James Fiorentino.

Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition is sponsored by Omni Distribution, LLC, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Merrill G. & Emita Hastings Foundation, Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery, and Somerset Patriots.

Conserve Wildlife Foundation has been a long-time partner with D&R Greenway, exhibiting our Species on the Edge fifth-grade art and essay contest winners annually in D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery. This year, the fifth graders art will be exhibited simultaneously with the Fiorentino exhibit.


For more information on James Fiorentino, please visit www.JamesFiorentino.com.
To learn more about CWF, please visit www.ConserveWildlifeNJ.org.


Digital photos from the event are available upon request, as are high-resolution images of the original Fiorentino artwork.

Tags: Conserve Wildlife Foundation, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, James Fiorentino, New Jersey, new jersey wildlife, NJ, Species on the Edge, species on the edge art & essay contest, wildlife
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