2022-2023 Scholarship is Open!

Friends of Valle de Oro Scholarship Program 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.

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

Click the "APPLY HERE" button to access the application via Google Docs.