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DU National Scholarship Program

In 2021, Ducks Unlimited (DU) will award 61 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are members of DU. The DU national scholarship program is open to all senior student members; however, it is targeted to volunteers who have shown an exceptional level of commitment to wetlands conservation through participation in their DU Varsity (high school) club/chapter and/or local DU community chapter. In addition, students must maintain a 2.8 or higher cumulative high school GPA to apply.

DU National Scholarship Program

Each year, DU will award 61 one-time scholarships to eligible applicants at the following levels:

  • 50 Varsity Scholarships at $500 each
  • 10 Conservation Scholarships at $1,000 each
  • 1 National Scholarship of $10,000

Applicants will provide their high school transcript, DU member/volunteer history, a list of any service or academic awards received, and up to three letters of recommendation highlighting their DU involvement and commitment to conservation. In addition, each applicant will write an essay of up to 500 words describing how his or her outdoor experiences have contributed to their understanding of the importance of wetlands and wetlands conservation, and the ways in which he or she has acted and/or intends to act on this knowledge.

The online application process for the 2021 program is now open through March 1, 2021.


A volunteer panel appointed for a two-year term by DU’s Senior Vice President and Advisory to the President for the National Youth & Education Committee will review applications. Applications will be graded on a weighted scale emphasizing volunteer history, leadership and academic excellence.

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The list of scholarship recipients will be sent to all applicants in the spring, with awarded checks released to the student’s two-year accredited school/community college, four-year college/university or trade/technical school. Recipients will be recognized in Ducks Unlimited magazine, and, prior to the fall semester, the national scholarship winner will be announced during the 2021 DU National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For more information on the Ducks Unlimited National Scholarship Program, please contact Mark Horobetz at 901-758-3892 or mhorobetz@ducks.org.

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