University of Arkansas offers fisheries scholarship


The Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) in cooperation with the United States Geological Survey – Biological Resources Division (USGS-BRD) is now offering competitive four-year full undergraduate scholarships to qualified high school seniors. Qualified junior college students are eligible for two-year scholarships. Selected students will be part of the UAPB-USGS National Cooperative Fisheries Scholarship (NCFS) program, the goal of which is to train culturally diverse students for careers in fisheries biology and natural resources management and conservation.

Scholarship details

NCFS scholarships are nationally competitive and include tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, and textbooks. Travel to professional meetings is supported as much as possible.Scholarships are available for four consecutive years, or eight consecutive semesters, and are valued at approximately $45,000. Applicants must have a very strong desire to work in the field of fisheries or natural resource management, and be willing to intern during summers with faculty or state/federal agencies.

Scholarship application requirements

• Graduating high school senior or eligible junior college student

• Demonstration of high academic achievement

• Official school transcripts

• Official ACT or SAT scores

• Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives

• Demonstrated desire to work in the field of fisheries and/or natural resources conservation and management

• Willingness to travel and work during summers with faculty or other professional mentors

• Required to work with faculty mentors or other designated individual for 4 hours per week during the school year

• Completed application forms received at UAPB by deadline

• Other terms and conditions apply

All applications will be reviewed by a committee and an interview will be arranged for scholarship finalists. Scholarship selection will be based upon application requirements. Awards are typically made by May 1 or each year.

Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence overview

The Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence at UAPB was created in 1988. It is an academic, research, and Extension center dedicated to the development and transfer of timely and problem-solving information. The primary beneficiaries of the Center are the region’s aquaculture producers, aquaculture support industries, natural resource managers, outdoors recreational users, and students. The department offers a B.Sc. degree in Fisheries Biology and an M.S. degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries. Undergraduate enrollment has grown rapidly in recent years. Many undergraduate students gain hands-on professional experience by working on various aquaculture and fisheries research projects conducted by faculty and other university scientists. If qualified, students frequently spend summers working in off-campus internships with state and federal natural resource agencies or at aquaculture facilities.

Contact info:

Ms. Denise Haynes

Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Mail Slot 4912

Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Phone: (870) 575-8107 Haynes),

or 8968 ( Main departmental number)

Fax: (870) 575-4637


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