Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship
SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: January 31 of each year
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION DEADLINE: February 7 of each year
CONTACT: Gabe Sheoships
Scholarship: $2,000 scholarship and acknowledgment
The Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (ORAFS) is proud to announce a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship to be awarded to a deserving college undergraduate student. The goal of this scholarship is to promote the education and development of future fisheries professionals who are commonly under-represented in the fisheries field, including people of color, women and other historically marginalized communities. This scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the ORAFS’ Scholarship and Executive committees to an individual who best meets the goal of the scholarship and provides evidence of meritorious work within and/or in addition to their education.
The recipient will be awarded a check for $2,000, a certificate, and professional recognition at the ORAFS Annual Meeting and in the quarterly newsletter, reduced meeting registration, and the opportunity to participate in group lodging at the Annual Meeting. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship awardee will be expected to attend the Annual Meeting during the Award Luncheon award presentation, which will occur on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 from 12 – 1:45pm.
- Applicant must be enrolled in or have been accepted for admission into a degree program within the state of Oregon
- Applicant’s major field of study must be relevant to fisheries science
- Applicant must be a current member of ORAFS, but may join AFS and the Oregon Chapter at the time of the scholarship application (see Oregon Chapter AFS website: orafs.org)
- All application materials (see below) will need to be completed and submitted by the deadline.
- A one-page cover letter and an essay no more than two pages in length describing how your academic and professional development has and/or will contribute to the scholarship objectives through a description of
- the challenges that the applicant has faced in their higher education journey;
- how the applicant has worked/volunteered within an underrepresented community, both scholastically and in community service; and
- how the scholarship will allow the candidate to pursue education and employment in the fisheries field.
- Applicants are encouraged to include high school and any undergraduate experience, along with volunteer and work experience to demonstrate the relevance of your professional development in the fisheries field. Essays may also describe any grants, honors, or awards you have earned; or the influence of a class project or how you think your future contribution to fisheries science issues will promote the objectives of AFS. Essays will be judged based on the ability to communicate your ideas in writing and how well your goals and experience align with the objectives of ORAFS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship.
- Copies of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended in the previous two years (electronic copies of official transcripts will be accepted).
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers, mentors, or other professionals. The letters should address the potential of the applicant to be a productive member of AFS and to contribute to fisheries science. The applicant is responsible for notifying references to submit their letters of recommendation electronically to both email@example.com and Gabe Sheoships by the listed deadline. The applicant’s name must be clearly noted in the letter of recommendation.
EXPECTATIONS FOR RECIPIENTS
- Commitment to attend the upcoming Annual Meeting to receive award, if selected (scholarship funds can be used to defray meeting costs and future AFS membership fees).
- Provide a 1-page “Fishery Feature” to the Spring or Summer Piscatorial Press relating to your use of scholarship funds and/or fishery experiences during the scholarship year.