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The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge announces the Friends of Valle de Oro Scholarship Program for the 2022-2023 school year. Under the Program, the Friends will award three Opening Doors to Nature Scholarships: one in the amount of $750 and two in the amount of $500.  These scholarships will be awarded to three undergraduate college students who are planning to pursue an environmentally focused career or are currently enrolled in an undergraduate conservation/environmental degree or certificate program.

Program Guidelines and Priorities:

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria in order to apply:

  • Attended a New Mexico High School or College and are currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a (2)-year or (4)-year college or university in any location.
  • Enrolled in or are planning to attend a two (2)-year community college or four (4)-year college or university within the state of New Mexico. Undergraduates only.

Some preference will be given to applicants who have participated in a Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge or Friends of Valle de Oro NWR project, internship, or program, but this experience is not required.

The deadline for applications is Friday, August 5, 2022. Click here to view the application. 

If you have questions, please contact Joan Morrison at or 860-209-2328

coronavirus (COVID) Response

While there are many uncertainties surrounding the Coronavius outbreak (COVID-19), we are dedicated to the health and safety of our members, partners, supporters and employees of the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR and the Refuge we support.  It is our goal to protect and maintain a healthy environment at Valle de Oro NWR and in our surrounding community, for both wildlife and people.   

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge remains open to the public, and we encourage you to visit the Refuge as a way to get outside. 

The livelihood of the Friends and its support of the Refuge  is rooted in our collaborative programming and fundraising events.  With the decision to postpone these events, we are in need of your support now more than ever.  Please consider making a donation to the friends if your circumstances allow.  




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