Each year, 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country participate in this two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years. Its goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.
During the first year Scholars participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors. During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies. A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school.
Throughout the two years and beyond, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support.
Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.
More information about the program is available at conservationscholars.ucsc.edu.