Application Guidelines

In 2016, two Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarships shall be awarded to students pursuing either undergraduate or graduate degrees in aquatic natural resources from a University/College in Montana. Graduate projects should be focused on native fisheries conservation, management, and/or habitat restoration. This document establishes the annual undergraduate and graduate student awards in fisheries and sets forth the conditions under which they shall be dispersed.

Purpose: To recognize and promote academic and professional excellence in the field of fisheries science and especially native fish conservation and management, and habitat restoration.

Funding: Funds shall be provided by the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (MTAFS) and administered by members of the Chapters’ Executive Committee.

Amount of award:

 Graduate Scholarship: The award shall equal $1,250 and will be presented via check directly to the student.
Undergraduate Scholarship: The award shall equal $500 and will be presented via check directly to the student.

Date of award: The awards shall be made at the 49th annual meeting of the MTAFS, on February 16 - 19 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel (Changing to the Radisson Colonial) Helena, MT. Please submit applications no later than January 31, 2016.

Eligibility: A student recipient must meet the following criteria:

  1.  Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student in Fish and Wildlife Management with an emphasis in aquatic natural resources at a University/College in Montana.
  2. Graduate research projects or research interests (undergraduate candidates) shall focus on the conservation or management of native fish and/or aquatic habitat restoration.

Selection: The student recipients shall be selected by members of the MTAFS Excom and an Ad-Hoc Committee Chair.

Criteria for selection shall include:

  1.  Demonstrated interest and commitment to native fisheries, especially native fish conservation, management, and aquatic habitat restoration. Interest and commitment will be evaluated primarily by the applicability of the applicant’s research project (graduate candidates), career goals in fisheries science, employment experience, and participation in AFS.
  2.  Academic merit, including GPA and course selection.
  3.  Financial need, particularly with regards to how the award stipend will be used to further the conservation needs of Montana native fish.
  4.  Reference from major professor(s) and/or project advisors.