Are you the next Young Conservationist?
The Young Conservationist Scholarship Program highlights the drive of passionate youth by giving them the tools they need to be conservation leaders in their communities and beyond. Each year, we select 25 environmentally-minded youth to join the program, collaborate in a cohort of like-minded peers, engage in an environmental conference and facilitate their own start-to-finish conservation project.
If selected to participate, youth will have six months to create and facilitate a community conservation initiative with support from BCWF Youth Educators. Through bi-monthly meetings, youth will gain tactical leadership skills and environmental knowledge to support their growth.
After projects are completed, BCWF staff will select one project which exceeds expectations and demonstrates conservation excellence. The selected participant will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship and the opportunity to present their project at the 2023 BCWF Annual General Meeting.
Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort will open in early 2023. Stay tuned!
Final dates to be announced.
- March — Applications due
- April — Conservation conference
- May — Project proposals due
- July — Cohort check-in
- August — Go Wild applications due
- August — Cohort check-in
- September — Cohort check-in
- November — Cohort check-in
- January — Project reports due
- March — Winner selected
- April — BCWF Annual General Conference & winner presentation
- Must be in grade 11 or below
- Must be currently enrolled in a B.C. school
- Passion for protecting, enhancing and restoring the environment
Winners of the 2021-22 YCSP
The winner of the 2021-22 Young Conservationist Scholarship Program, and recipient of a $1,500 scholarship is Ella – a 12-year-old conservationist who aims to educate and inspire youth and adults to become empowered to take action towards wildlife conservation and work towards a more sustainable future. Through the Young Conservationist Scholarship Program, Ella created a series of three “Green Minute” videos, which show viewers how to be more eco-friendly, and led workshops for her peers.
When asked what her advice was for the next cohort of Young Conservationists, Ella suggested to “lead with your heart and find a topic you are passionate about”, and to “recruit friends whenever possible” to maximize the impact you can do in your community.
2021-22 Runner Up
The runner-up of our inaugural Young Conservationist Scholarship Program and recipient of a $500 scholarship was Mariella, a grade twelve student who focused her efforts on revitalizing an abandoned pond area outside her high school into a native plant garden. Her project was a collaborative effort between her and her school’s Eco Club, which she has been a dedicated member of for five years.
Following the program, Mariella plans to continue working on conservation initiatives in university. Her advice to future Young Conservationists is to “take this program with an open mind and do a project you can put your heart and soul into”.
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