Scholarship Awards

Be a part of conserving our future! The Barn Group’s Scholarship Awards program provides graduate students studying environmental science with cash prizes of $2,000; $1,500; and $1,000 for first, second, and third-place winners.

Note: The 2020 application process closed on April 1, 2020. The 2021 application cycle will be open from February 1 - April 1, 2021. Check this page for updates!

How To Apply

Eligibility Requirements

Open to graduate students studying environmental science or a related field, with 6 or more semesters of university experience.

Application Process

An application for The Barn Group’s Scholarship Awards must include the following materials. Instructions on how to submit your application for 2021 scholarships will be posted once the application cycle has opened.

  • A 2,000-2,500-word essay on the topic of the value of private land (such as farms and forests) in wildlife conservation. This essay should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins.
  • Resume
  • Current student transcripts, including current class registrations
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor

Application packages will be scored using a 30-point system. Essays will be worth a maximum of 20 points and will be judged based on how well the essay speaks to the topic; real-world examples used in the essay; utilization of references, resources, quotes, etc.; and grammar. Essays will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of natural resource professionals. The letter of recommendation and resume are together worth 10 points. Scores will remain confidential and applicants will not be informed of their score. In the event of a tie, The Barn Group will determine the winner.


By submitting your application, you are agreeing that The Barn Group has the right to use essay content for our own purposes. Essays and author's names may be published on our website. The author has the option not to publish their name.

Meet Last Year’s Scholarship Recipients!

Elizabeth Emery

1st Place

Prior to embarking on an M.S. degree in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Program at Oregon State University, Elizabeth “Betsy” Emery helped establish the City of Flagstaff, Arizona’s Open Space Program, including working with stakeholder groups to acquire natural areas, develop management plans, establish natural resource policies, and implement infrastructure improvement projects. Betsy’s research involves how people perceive risks and make decisions, with a specific focus on how people reason about the use of biotechnology to address forest health threats. When she isn’t organizing events for the College of Forestry’s Graduate Student Council or reading about cognitive psychology, you can find her hiking in the Cascade mountains or dancing at a concert in Portland.

Mikiah Carver Mcginn

2nd Place

Rebecca O’Brien

3rd Place