Friends of Sunset Zoo (FOSZ) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity whose members support Sunset Zoo through membership services, donations, advocacy and fund-raising. FOSZ works alongside Sunset Zoo to support its mission to “inspire conservation of the natural world.” In reflection of that mission, the FOSZ Board of Directors has established the Conservation Scholar program to inspire the next generation of conservation-minded professionals.
Students must meet all of the following criteria:
- Actively pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate-level degree in wildlife conservation or a related field at an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education
- Completed at least 48 credit hours or more of undergraduate coursework by end of the 2017 Spring academic semester
- Have a cumulative college grade-point average of at least a 3.0 or the equivalent
- Be pursuing full-time study during the 2017-2018 academic year
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident
- Successfully submit a complete application
First preference will be given to applicants that meet one or all of the following criteria:
- Students attending an accredited two-year or four-year institution of higher education in Kansas
- Current Friends of Sunset Zoo members and/or their dependents (NOTE: Members of the FOSZ Board of Directors and their dependents are ineligible)
- Research related to black-footed ferrets, Puerto Rican crested toads, or pollinators
Scholars will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- Demonstrated commitment to the conservation of the natural world through substantial contributions to and involvement in campus activities, research, and/or community and public service
- Course of study and proposed career likely to lead to position where nominee can make significant contributions to local, regional, national and/or global conservation efforts
- Proposal of a feasible, yet impactful, field conservation project that meets the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) definition of “Field Conservation” as outlined in the “Award Benefits & Conditions” paragraph below
- Demonstrated leadership and a desire to make a continuing difference to conservation and wildlife
All required documents much reach Friends of Sunset Zoo – Attn: Scholarship Award, 2333 Oak Street, Manhattan, KS 66502, by postal mail or email (email@example.com) no later than Friday, March 24, 2017, 5:00 PM Central.
The FOSZ Board of Directors is the sole body responsible for determining the award of scholarships. Applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision in writing by the President of the Friends of Sunset Zoo Board.
The anticipated schedule of events is as follows:
February 2017 Application released
March 24, 2017 Applications due 5:00 p.m. CDT
March 27-April 7, 2017 FOSZ reviews applications
April 7, 2017 Scholarship recipient chosen and notified
April 22, 2017 Scholarship recipient introduced during Earth Day celebrations at Sunset Zoo
AWARD BENEFITS & CONDITIONS
Two awards will be conferred: one for graduate students, up to $2,000 for expenses related to a field conservation project to be completed by the end of the 2017 –2018 academic year; another for undergraduate students, up to $1,00 for expenses related to a field conservation project to be completed by the end of the 2017 –2018 academic year.
Projects must meet the definition of “Field Conservation” provided by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Field Conservation Committee: “action that helps secure the long-term survival of species in natural ecosystems and habitats.”
FOSZ Conservation Scholarships may be used for direct costs related to the Scholar’s field work, including research that helps protect species in the wild, or protection of species or ecosystems in situ; awareness-building through informational/educational materials conducted on behalf of a non-governmental organization (NGO) that publicizes conservation; or outcome-oriented education programs that target an audience that directly impacts the species or habitat of concern. The complete definition of “field conservation” can be found on the AZA website at: https://www.aza.org/assets/2332/fcc_fieldconservationdefinition_approved2013.pdf
Payments may supplement, but not duplicate, benefits from other foundations, institutions, or organizations.
To receive payments, a FOSZ Conservation Scholar must submit the following:
- An acceptance of the scholarship;
- An agreement to submit a Conservation Scholar Impact Report within one month of completing the study
- An agreement to make a public presentation of the field conservation work to a FOSZ audience