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Scroll down to learn about our (2) unique scholarship opportunities: Essay and Field
Questions? Write to us at: scholar@suwa.org

2023 Field Scholarships

$450 Grants to BIPOC Students – open on a rolling basis

SUWA acknowledges the structural barriers many communities of color face when seeking solace in wild, natural places. Our Field Scholarship program offers scholarships to students of color who join an immersive stewardship project on public lands in Utah with SUWA. Field Scholars join a two-day project, working with other volunteers and SUWA staff to manage wilderness hands-on.


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 awards a $450 stipend/educational scholarship.

Loaned camping gear and other supplies, as well as transportation to and from the project site may also be provided upon request.

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.


Essay Scholarship Contest

$1,000 and $500 scholarships awarded – open seasonally

The 2022/23 Essay Scholarship has not yet been announced. Join our email list to receive first notice!

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


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 2023 academic year.

Read about past scholarship recipients and read their winning essays here.