Association of Conservation Information
2019 Conference Scholarship Application

HISTORY

The Geoffrey Schneider Travel Scholarship was established in honor of an ACI member who passed away after a battle with kidney cancer in July 2006. Schneider was the Southern Region Conservation Education Supervisor for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. He was widely recognized for his outstanding contributions to inform and educate people about Nevada's wildlife and natural resources.

Schneider understood the value of face-to-face discussions about common problems and new opportunities. He knew that people in the conservation communication field could become more effective by interacting with their colleagues. For those reasons, he, as much as anyone, believed in ACI's annual conference.


ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP

The goal of the scholarship fund is to enable more individuals to attend ACI conferences. There are 10-15 travel scholarships available for the 2019 conference in Savannah, Georgia, July 7-11, 2019.

  • The scholarship covers the registration fee and four nights lodging ($818 + hotel taxes, fees). Scholarships are allocated based on three criteria: date application is received, the answer to question 12 (why are you applying), and whether applicant has attended in the past.  Preference will be given to first-time ACI attendees and agencies new to ACI. Limit one scholarship per member agency/organization.
  • Successful applicants are required to take notes for at least one conference session and/or complete a short write up of a successful program that has been implemented in your agency. The conference notes and/or agency program write up will be used in the coming year as part of the Balance Wheel newsletter. Failure to complete this compulsory article will result in your being ineligible for future scholarships!

The application period begins on April 22, 2019, and ends at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on May 24, 2019. Applications submitted before or after those dates will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of their results by e-mail by June 5, 2019.

If you have questions regarding the travel scholarship contact Sara DiRienzo, 307-777-4540 or email sara.dirienzo@wyo.gov or Kim Nix, 334-242-3151 or email Kim.Nix@dcnr.alabama.gov.



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* 1. Name (First and last):

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* 2. Title/position:

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* 3. Agency/organization:

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* 4. Supervisor name:

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* 5. Supervisor e-mail:

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* 6. Work mailing address:

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* 7. Contact information:

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* 8. Are you an employee of an ACI member agency/organization or a potential member agency/organization?

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* 9. Have you ever attended an ACI conference before?

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* 10. The 2019 conference officially begins with a welcome tour at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, but there is a meeting for scholarship recipients beginning at 5 p.m.  All scholarship recipients should do their best to attend this meeting. You will learn what is expected of you regarding taking notes and writing a short article for the ACI newsletter, The Balance Wheel. The conference wraps up with the awards banquet the evening of Wednesday, July 11. Hotel reservations for scholarship recipients will be made by the host state.

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* 11. Scholarship recipients are required to take notes for at least one session of the 2019 conference AND/OR complete one article for The Balance Wheel. Do you agree to this stipulation?

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* 12. Please explain why you are applying for a Geoffrey Schneider Travel Scholarship.

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