Morton A. Mitchell Scholarship

The Morton A. Mitchell Scholarship is open to undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors for the 2022-2023 academic year and are pursuing a degree in an area related to wetlands and wildlife conservation. This scholarship was established by the family of Milton Weller, Ph.D., a noted professor and researcher focused on the natural systems needed by wildlife. Morton Mitchell was a high school teacher who provided encouragement and a loan to help Milton Weller start college. Recipients of this scholarship are not required to repay the award, but are encouraged to contribute to the fund once they finish a degree and begin working. Click here to read more about Milton Weller, Ph.D.

Student Eligibility
To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • be entering their junior or senior year of college
  • be planning a career related to wetlands conservation or in a field related to one of the following areas of study: Ecology, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Hydrology, Ornithology, Plant Ecology, Soils, Wetlands Conservation, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Ecology
  • plan to enroll full time at an accredited, nonprofit, four-year college or university in the United States
  • demonstrate unmet financial need as determined by standard methods of need analysis in practice at the time of selection. In general, unmet financial need will be defined as the difference between the cost of attendance and the sum of the family’s expected contribution (FAFSA) and the student’s grant aid from other sources.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • essays that articulate passion for the field and explain how their planned major will impact their future career.
  • extracurricular involvement, including work experience, related to their major.
  • transcript that demonstrate pasts success and potential degree completion.
  • financial need.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please answer all questions that apply to you, even if they are not marked “required.”

Recipients will be considered for renewal for up to one additional undergraduate year if a renewal application is submitted in a timely manner and academic and financial eligibility criteria continue to be met. Making satisfactory progress toward a degree, generally defined as a 2.0 grade point average on a 4-point scale (or the equivalent) in 12 or more semester hours (or the equivalent), will be considered academically eligible for renewal but each applicant’s facts and circumstances will be considered.

Application status will be changed from submitted to either offered or denied in June. Applicants can view their status by logging in to their Scholarship Central account.

Questions? Contact Ellen Vietor, Scholarship Manager at the St. Louis Community Foundation, or 314-880-4960.

Eligibility, financial need, and award amount for this scholarship program will be determined by the St. Louis Community Foundation. This scholarship program, as component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, color, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability.

Doris and Milton Weller
$4,000, renewable
Supplemental Questions
  1. To be considered for this scholarship, your Scholarship Central General Application MUST include your FALL transcript for the current academic year. The transcript should show your name, school, grades, and cumulative GPA. If you previously uploaded an earlier transcript, please upload a new transcript to your General Application and change your answer to the GPA question. If your college choice has changed, please update that on the General Application as well.
  2. List your on-campus and community involvement, professional society involvement, or other extracurricular activities. Include the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
  3. Tell the scholarship review committee about something you accomplished or did of which you are proud. Tell the committee why you are proud about this accomplishment.
  4. Tell us how you became interested in wetlands or wildlife? What significant events or individuals influenced your decision to pursue this course of study?
  5. What are your goals upon completion of your undergraduate degree? Where do you see yourself five years after completion of your degree?
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