NCLI Diversity Scholarship Fund

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During the first residency of the 2019-2020 National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI) Cohort 14, a key topic of introspection and discussion was the value of building a broad coalition of stakeholders in the conservation community. The foundation of the discussion was based on the following assumptions:

1) Interpretation of “Conservation” varies within and among State and Federal wildlife agencies, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and Native American communities

2) NCLI can serve as a facilitator for these communities to explore diverse interpretations of conservation, as well as in applying adaptive leadership techniques to build consensus

After those initial discussions, a core team of NCLI alumni, staff, and board members met regularly to continue these discussions and find ways to expand representation and inclusion of diverse groups or communities at NCLI. To this end, a diversity scholarship fund was established with generous donations from NCLI alumni and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. A generous donation from Bass Pro Shops in 2023 helped bolster the diversity scholarship fund and subsidize tuition and travel for a Cohort 17 fellow as well as offer workshops for NAFWS members and continue building relationships that will carry conservation efforts into the future.



How You Can Support the NCLI Diversity Scholarship Fund:

Please indicate in the “note” section that your contribution is specific to the Diversity Scholarship Fund.

Please send checks to: 
National Conservation Leadership Institute
P.O. Box 503
Shepherdstown, WV 25443


Corporate Sponsor - Diversity Scholarship Fund