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Undergraduate Program - Scholarships

The Department of Wildlife Ecology awards approximately $48,000 in scholarship support to approximately 35 undergraduate students each year based on academic achievement and/or financial need. The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture provides additional scholarship support as does the University of Maine. For most Department of Wildlife Ecology scholarships, students apply in January/February once they are matriculated.

Note: Scholarships amounts are subject to change annually.

The Arthur S. Allen, Ph.D. and David J. Allen, Brig. General (Ret.) Wildlife Conservation Scholarship

This scholarship was established in the University of Maine Foundation in 1998 for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, in memory of Harry S. Allen and Marion C. Falt Allen with gifts from their sons, Dr. Arthur S. Allen ‘56, ’60, and Brig. General (ret.) David J. Allen ’58, family and friends.  The Allen family has had life-long conservation interests. Harry S. Allen was a life-long conservationist; Arthur became a professor, teaching and researching in wildlife management; and David was responsible for the restoration of a pond in Laurel, Maryland, that was subsequently renamed Lake Allen by the U. S. Department of Interior. Marion C. Falt Allen was a Brewer public school teacher of science and mathematics. This scholarship is awarded to a Wildlife Ecology student who is a Maine resident, has attained a grade-point average of 3.0 or greater, and has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in wildlife conservation.

The Malcolm W. Coulter Wildlife Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1983 in the University of Maine Foundation at UM by a gift from Malcolm Coulter, Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Resources, and gifts from Wildlife alumni and friends. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student in the Wildlife Ecology program based on scholastic achievement and leadership. Our tradition has been to reserve this award for an outstanding student – possibly our most oustanding student.

The Howard L. Mendall ’31, 34 Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established at the University of Maine in 1994 with gifts from family and friends in honor of Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Resources, Howard L. Mendall. Professor Mendall was an employee of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 40 years until his retirement in 1977.  He was nationally and internationally recognized for his research on the double-crested cormorant, American woodcock, ring-necked duck and American eider. The fund will be used to support graduate students studying migratory birds.

The Penobscot County Conservation Association Annual Scholarships

These scholarships were established at the University of Maine in 1971 to provide awards to wildlife students who show high promise as potential wildlife biologists and are dedicated to a career in wildlife conservation. A total of 21 undergraduate scholarships are awarded annually.

The Joseph A. Rossignol Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1978 at the University of Maine by the members and friends of the Sunkhaze Stream Chapter of Trout Unlimited in memory of Joseph Rossignol. Mr. Rossignol sought ways to preserve and improve Maine’s wildlife resources. This award is given to a Wildlife Ecology student on the basis of scholarship, leadership and need. Because this scholarship is sponsored by Trout Unlimited, we look for a fisheries student who fits those criteria.

The Veazie Salmon Club Undergraduate Fisheries Scholarship

This scholarship was established at the University of Maine in 1999 with a gift from the Veazie Salmon Club. It will be used for scholarship assistance to a second-, third- or fourth-year student with a fisheries concentration or major, or if such a program no longer exists, the scholarship should be awarded to a student majoring in a fisheries-related area. Should a fourth-year student be selected, he/she should have demonstrated plans to attend graduate school in fisheries.

Robert I. Ashman Field Session Award

This scholarship is awarded to students with a strong potential in their profession as expressed by their scholarship and professional interest and a need for support for summer camp expenses.

Xi Sigma Pi Field Session Award

This award is presented by Xi Sigma Pi Honorary Society to students attending the upcoming field session, who show financial need and have an above average grade point.

Inez M. Boyd Scholarship

Presented by the Bangor Nature Club to deserving students in Wildlife Ecology and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism who have a special interest in the conservation of all natural resources. Academic excellence is the principal criterion for selection.

George Wiersma Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 1995. The funds are to provide financial assistance to forestry or wildlife students in good academic standing and who will be going to a required field session during the current year.

Andre E. Cushing ’28 Scholarship

The Andre E. Cushing ’28 Scholarship fund was established at the University of Maine in 1995 with gifts from family and friends. The funds are used for scholarship assistance to students enrolled in wildlife or forestry.

J. William & Virginia H. Peppard Scholarship Fund

The J. William and Virginia H. Peppard Scholarship fund was established in 1992 by Bill and Ginnie Peppard ’45 for the benefit of University of Maine students.   This scholarship was created to support students in the wildlife field and in the education field and is for students who have graduated from a State of Maine high school and who have financial need. The scholarship will alternate annually between a wildlife major and an education major.

The Stantec Consulting Scholarship Fund

The Stantec Consulting Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 with a gift from Stantec Consulting.  The fund shall be used to provide financial assistance to meritorious full-time undergraduate student(s) at the University of Maine who are majoring in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Ecology, or related fields.  First preference shall be given to students from Maine.

Department of Wildlife Ecology
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 210
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207-581-2862
email:  Wildeco@maine.edu

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Department of Wildlife Ecology
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 210
Orono, Maine 04469-5755
Phone: (207) 581-2862 | Fax: (207) 581-2858 E-mail: Wildeco@maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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