The application period has now closed. Application will be reopening in September and will close by November 15, 2017. Scholars will be selected prior to the beginning of Spring Semester so please make sure to check back here in early September!
Once the application opens, you will need to:
1) Fill out the electronic application form.
2) Provide your college and high school transcripts. High school transcripts are optional but encouraged. Unofficial copies are fine, and they are much easier for you to obtain. You can scan your transcripts and send them as PDFs by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If they must be mailed, they can be sent to: Rena Borkhataria - DDCSP, UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 E. Palm Beach Rd, Belle Glade, FL 33430.
3) Have two people who can serve as references provide letters of recommendation. We suggest asking teachers, professors, or mentors, what is important is that they have played a major role in your learning and education, will be able to write about your activities and successes, and can also speak to your level of desire and commitment to further conservation and work with people from underrepresented groups.
Letters are due by the application deadline for your university. Letters should be emailed as PDFs rather than sent by mail where possible. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your letters of recommendation are received by Program staff. If you have questions about whether a letter has been received, send an email to email@example.com and we will check for you.
The online application form has five sections:
1) In the first section, you will provide basic information about yourself and your academic and work history.
2) In the second section, you will complete 2 long essay questions and 3 shorter essay questions that will help us get to know you better.
3) In the third section, we ask you to commit to the conditions of the award.
4) In the fourth section we ask you for contact information for your two references.
5) The fifth and final section is optional and asks for some information on your background that is for statistical purposes only. Your responses are entirely voluntary and this information will be separated from your application and will not be used to evaluate your application.
The selection criteria are available here. If you are having trouble with any of the questions or application itself you can email or call the Program Director, Dr. Rena Borkhataria at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-993-1599. If you are trying to skip a required question, simply write "NA" so that you can move through the form. Just remember to come back and replace those "NAs" with your real answers. You are welcome to ask about the status of your application at any point by sending an email to email@example.com.
Each applicant will be assessed under the same criteria, holistically as an individual and as a member of the DDCF Conservation Scholars group, to assemble a Scholars group that will both benefit greatly from, and make substantial contributions to, the program. Qualified sophomores will be given preference in the selection process but highly qualified freshmen and students with only 3 semesters remaining will also be considered and students can apply to the program in multiple years.