Three Sisters Wilderness (Oregon).
Credit: Hayden, flickr.
The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship was founded by Tom Barron in honor of his mother, a conservationist and teacher, with the goal of encouraging visionary American conservationists at a crucial point in their careers.
- Impacts of climate change on wilderness
- Importance of connecting people with the outdoors
- Implications and challenges of ecosystem restoration
- Reserve design in the context of ecosystem management
- Effects of “management” on wildlands
- How wildland conservation contributes to economies
The scholarships, which have traditionally been in the amount of $10,000, will support the research and preparation of a paper about wilderness, as well as possible work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on the project itself.
Past recipients of the scholarship have included students from a variety of backgrounds and academic specialties, some of whom went on to join the staff of The Wilderness Society.
In Tom Barron’s letter explaining why he created the scholarship, he invoked America’s great conservationist tradition: “We want nothing less than to identify, support, and honor the future Aldo Leopolds in our midst—as well as future Rachel Carsons, Mardy Muries, John Muirs, Howard Zahnisers, Bob Marshalls, and Gaylord Nelsons.”
If you can imagine fitting into that august list someday, you owe it to yourself—and the wilderness—to apply. Good luck!