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Scroll down to learn about our (2) unique scholarship opportunities: Field and Essay

2021 Field Scholarships – Open on a rolling basis

Our Stewardship Program works with a range of youth, student, and professional groups to advance access to Utah’s public lands and provide education on the issues at the heart of our mission to preserve and protect Utah wilderness.

As an organization, SUWA acknowledges the barriers many communities of color face when seeking solace in wild, natural places despite having an equal right of access and an equal stake in the health of the outdoors.

Our Field Scholarship promotes wilderness stewardship values uniquely expressed through the cultural and experiential lens of each of our scholars. This program is one limb in a many-branched effort intended to amplify opportunities for communities of color to enjoy and care for southern Utah’s wild lands.


To qualify, applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited college, university, vocational school, or technical school. Applicants are selected from historically underserved communities, self-identified by each applicant within the scholarship application. Scholars will attend (1) service project with SUWA staff and other volunteers. Following the project, scholars produce reflective media (such as a written or visual piece). Upon completion of this program, SUWA will award a stipend/educational scholarship.

Equitable access is our priority. As such, Stewardship Scholars will be loaned the appropriate camping gear and supplies necessitated by the project. Transportation to and from the project site may also be provided for directly or as a transportation stipend.

Apply Online

The Stewardship Scholarship application is available online. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions please contact scholar@suwa.org.


2021 Essay Scholarships – Seasonal, currently closed

Students are invited to write a 750-1250 word essay for a chance to win a cash scholarship toward your education. There will be one grand prize scholarship of $1000 and two semi-finalist scholarships of $500 awarded. Complete essays or excerpts may be printed in SUWA’s Redrock Newsletter.

SUWA’s mission is to protect the outstanding wilderness at the heart of the Colorado Plateau in its natural state for all Americans. Recognizing that people of color have historically been left out of the U.S. public land conservation movement, we are committed to our goal of raising up diverse voices across the Intermountain West — those who take the lead protecting public lands in Utah.

Eligible students are those who 1) are self-identified as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color, 2) live in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, or a Tribal Nation in the region, and 3) are enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate at a college, university, technical school, or vocational institution in the Spring 2021 academic year.

>> Learn about our 2020 scholarship recipients and read their winning essays.

Essay Topics

Essays should draw from your personal experience to connect the dots between fundamental social issues and the need for broadscale land protection. Write as if to an external audience whom you feel may not understand your experience at the outset. In this way, write as a teacher from your own place of learning.

Submission Process

All submissions should be sent as a Word Doc to scholar@suwa.org. Please include “Scholarship Submission” as the title of your email. At the top of the Word document containing your essay, please include the following:

  • Your Full Name
  • Your School/Student ID#
  • Your Contact Phone #
  • Statement of Need [3-5 sentences outlining your personal need for the scholarship. Not shared publicly.]

Questions? Write to us at: scholar@suwa.org