2023-2024 Scholarship is Open!

The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge announces the Friends of Valle de Oro Scholarship Program. Under the Program this year, the Friends will award four Opening Doors to Nature Scholarship in the amount of $500 each.  These scholarships will be awarded to four 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 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.

Completed applications must be received by the Friends of Valle de Oro no later than 11:59 pm  Friday, August 4, 2023. Late applications, or portions of applications, will not be accepted.

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

Click the "APPLY HERE" button to access the application via a (Google Form:

If you are selected you will need to download the College Advisory Verification Form HERE:    Word   PDF

If you would prefer to download and print the entire application, you can do so here:    Word   PDF.

     Mail a paper copy to:
      Friends of Valle de Oro NWR
      c/o Scholarship Committee
      7851 2nd St. SW
      Albuquerque, NM 87105

     OR, email a scanned or PDF version to