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The Larry Williamson Scholarship was created in 2021 thanks to Larry Williamson’s commitment to increase accessibility into the field of conservation. The scholarship awards one to two undergraduate students per year the opportunity to attend the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference (PLCC) to facilitate entry and foster interest in conservation careers.

As a Pennsylvania State University alumnus with a degree in Recreation and Parks Administration, Larry Williamson began his career in 1969 with the PA Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and was involved with the management of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants program. Over the course of a 38-year career with the Commonwealth, he spearheaded and managed a variety of other recreation and conservation initiatives during his time both as the Director of the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and as Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Larry continues to advocate for parks, recreation, and conservation throughout Pennsylvania.

2022 Scholarship Program

Award: All-inclusive registration to the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference (PLCC), which will take place in Gettysburg from March 16-18, 2022. All meals provided have vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free options. Free transportation arrangements will be provided if needed. WeConservePA will handle hotel lodging at the Gettysburg Wyndham, and registration for scholarship recipient(s). Approximate value of the scholarship is $1,000.

Application deadline: All applications must be submitted digitally via the WeConservePA website six (6) weeks before the conference’s starting date, by February 2, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by an ad-hoc committee comprised of three (3) self-selected participants from the WeConservePA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Steering Committee. The recipient will be notified by phone and email four weeks prior to the conference.

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate students based in Pennsylvania. Interested applicants must be able to demonstrate their interest in environment, nature, and related fields of study. Priority will be given to students who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). A student does not need to be nominated to apply for the scholarship.

*If there are no applicants in a given year, the Larry Williamson Scholarship monies will remain in the fund to be carried over for the next year.

The Larry Williamson Scholarship Application Form (Students Only)

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Nominate a Student for the Larry Williamson Scholarship

Do you wish to nominate an undergraduate student for the Larry Williamson Scholarship? A student can be nominated by a teacher, professor, mentor, etc. Complete the form below to nominate a student. A student does not need to be nominated to apply for the scholarship.

The Larry Williamson Scholarship Nomination Form

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