Scott-McKenna Memorial Scholarship

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers & Photographers, Inc. accepts applications for its coveted Scott-McKenna Memorial Scholarship each Spring. (Questions? E-mail the scholarship chair.) Named in memory of J.B. Scott and Joe McKenna, founders of RMOWP, the award is given annually to a student with a career interest in the outdoors. Students in high school (only seniors will be considered) need not have a declared major, but college students should have declared a major.

Candidates with an interest in Natural Resources, Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Agriculture or related fields are eligible for the scholarship. Photography or journalism majors, with a special interest in wildlife outdoor photography/journalism are also eligible.

Since 2008, RMOWP has awarded up to $2000 in scholarships each year. The monies, primarily raised through the auction at our Annual Conference, are paid directly to the college to offset tuition and fees.

Questions regarding the scholarship should be sent to the Scholarship Chair. Here is the application in PDF format.Please mail your completed application to the address shown thereon. The winner will be notified by June 10th, and will be posted here by the end of June.

Applications must be post-marked by May 30th to be considered for that year’s scholarship award.

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Recent winners

2017 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Winner

This year’s $2,000 scholarship winner is Heather Androwick of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Heather has started her senior year, working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major concentration in photography, at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. She has taken courses in Darkroom, Intro to Digital Media, Intro to Digital Photography, Theme Practices in Photography, History of Photography, Advanced Photography and Photography Studio. Heather’s particular interest is landscape photography, and she has applied for internships with state and national parks.

2016 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Winner

This year’s $2000 scholarship was awarded to Carlen Smith, who is studying wildlife sustainability and ecosystems science at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. (more…)

2015 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Winner

Scholarship Chair Mike Hammond announced that the 2015 Scott-McKenna Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Andrhea Massey of Mart, Texas. Andrhea sent the following bio, plus an article (see Coyote Studies). Congratulations and thank you, Andrhea.

Andrhea Massey
Andrhea Massey standing in the Colorado River, Colorado Bend State Park, Central Texas © Paula Massey

I was born at home in a small house surrounded by towering pine trees. I was the youngest of six kids. My mother raised us by herself, working two and sometimes three jobs to make ends meet. When my brothers and sisters got older, they also worked to help pay for basic living expenses, but it was never enough. We spent years struggling to get by. Despite this, or maybe because of this, my siblings and I grew up strong. It was the beginning of a beautiful life.

Ever since before I can remember, I have been fascinated with the outdoors and nature. Some of my favorite things to do are hiking, kayaking, writing, and camping. Whenever I needed to cheer up, I went to the woods. I would sit under oak trees and persimmon trees, still and silent, as deer and squirrels foraged underneath them. I spent all my free time learning everything I could about everything around me, sometimes from books and sometimes from what I liked to call “adventures.” One summer, I spent weeks watching a beaver, learning things like the fact that they make slides, stash food underwater, and love apples (especially the red ones). I found out where it liked to sit in the sun and waited until it came, giving me a close-up view of it and a great memory. These days, I like to do research on wildlife, such as coyotes. I learned about coyote bioacoustics and non-lethal depredation techniques. It has been my dream for seven years now to get my college education and create a Nature Research, Rehabilitation, and Education Center where I can teach everyone about wildlife and their habitats using animals that would otherwise be put down. My goal is to provide a home to animals that are either too badly injured to be released back into the wild or too used to humans to be able to fend for themselves. I also want to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live, such as abandoned mine land reclamation and restoring forests and prairies. My center will be a mix between a national park, a zoo, and a museum. Just thinking about it makes me grin.

Classes at my dream college, Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, begin August 23, 2015. I will be there, ready to earn my education and make a difference in the world. My thanks to the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers Scholarship Committee for tipping the scales in my favor and giving me a chance to give back to the world.

2014 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Winner

The winner of this year’s Scott-McKenna scholarship is Sarah Kinney of Shelburne, New Hampshire, a journalism major at Simmons College in Boston.

Sarah has been interning at the Berlin Daily Sun, a New Hampshire newspaper, often covering outdoor subjects, and this fall she will be editor-in-chief of the Simmons College campus newspaper. (more…)

2013 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Awarded

Catlin Carrico of Swanton, Maryland, was selected for the 2013 Scott-McKenna Scholarship award, according to scholarship chair Mike Hammond. Hammond said she was chosen from among numerous highly-qualified candidates based not only on the merit of her application but what those she listed as personal references had to say about her. Catlin graduated from West Virginia University majoring in agriculture education and is now working on her master’s degree at the same school. She holds a 3.56 GPA and also held a job at a local business and has done volunteer work. Hammond said that Catlin has a bond with the outdoors through her upbringing and way of life in the Swanton, Maryland area, and when she completes her education she plans to teach at the high school level. (more…)