In a commitment to promote higher education in the natural resources area in South Carolina, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund in 1992 established the scholarship program. This scholarship consists of a $5,000* scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, environmental science or related fields.  Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.

Criteria and Eligibility (PDF)  Hampton/Pate Combined Application Form (PDF)

• This fund consists of $5,000* annually, for up to four (4) consecutive years, to help a student further their education in the natural resources discipline.

• The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina.

• The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina.

• The recipient must have a major in the natural resources discipline such as: wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine science or environmental science to qualify.
(NOTE: General biology, pre-medical biology and veterinary science are NOT eligible for this scholarship.)

• Payment will be made to the same person for four (4) consecutive years of college related to a major in the natural resources discipline.

• The recipient must maintain a GPR of 2.5 or above for a given academic year to receive funds for the following year.  If the GPR falls below the 2.5 average for any academic year, the student will not receive any further funds, and a new recipient will be sought.

• Return both pages of the completed application, essay/autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than  January 31, 2018  to the following address:

HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Post Office 2641
Columbia, SC  29202

• Applications are available online below or:

via email at jim.goller@hamptonwildlifefund.org
by phone at: 803-600-1570

The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make the final approval of the recipient and notify the winners.
Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund
The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation which
partners with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the promotion of
education, research, management and the administration of game and fish laws, which
will benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina.
In its continued commitment to promote higher education in the
natural aresources area in South Carolina, the Board of Directors of the
Hampton Fund, in cooperation with the South Carolina Governor's Cup
Billfishing Series, established the Wallace F. Pate Scholarship in 2004.
Wallace F. Pate pioneered offshore big game fishing in South Carolina.
This scholarship consists of a $2,500 scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science or environmental science.  Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.

Criteria and Eligibility (PDF) Hampton/Pate Combined Application Form (PDF)

• This fund consists of a one-time award of $2,500 to help a student further their education in the natural resources discipline.

• The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina.

• The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina.

• The recipient must have a major in the natural resources discipline such as: wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine science or environmental science to qualify.
(NOTE: General biology, pre-medical biology and veterinary science are NOT eligible for this scholarship.)

• Payment will be made to the successful applicant in the natural resources discipline on a one-time, one-year basis only.

• Return both pages of the completed application, essay/autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than  January 31, 2018 to the following address:

HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Post Office 2641
Columbia, SC  29202

• The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make final approval of the recipient and notify the winners.

• Applications are available online below or:

via email at jim.goller@hamptonwildlifefund.org
by phone at: 803-600-1570

The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make the final approval
of the recipient and notify the winners.
HARRY HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIP
WALLACE F. PATE  SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to Cora L. Downer of Sumter, SC, recipient of the 2017-2018 Hampton Wildlife Fund Scholarship. Ms. Downer will attend Clemson University.
In memory of its former Board Chairman, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund in March 2005 established the James O. Thomason Scholarship. James O. Thomason, known by his friends simply as “O,” was a staunch supporter of wildlife and natural resources in the Palmetto state, particularly in relation to education. James O. was appointed to the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Board of Directors, later to become the Department of Natural Resources, in 1984. During his tenure he also served as Chairman of the Conservation Education and Communications Advisory Committee, which furthered his interest in and support of
JAMES O. THOMASON  SCHOLARSHIP
natural resources education. James O. served as Chairman of the Hampton Fund from 1998 until his passing in February 2004.
    This scholarship consists of $2,000* annually, for up to four (4) consecutive years, to help a student further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications. Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.

Criteria and Eligibility (PDF)  James O. Thomason Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

• This scholarship consists of $2,000* annually, for up to four (4) consecutive years, to help a student further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications.

• The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina.

• The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina.

• The recipient must declare a major in electronic, print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications to qualify.

• Payment will be made to the same person for four (4) consecutive years of college related to a major in the above disciplines.

• The recipient must maintain a GPR of 2.5 or above for a given academic year to receive funds for the following year. If the GPR falls below the 2.5 average for any academic year, the student will not receive any further funds, and a new recipient will be sought.

• Return both pages of the completed application, essay on a topic selected by the Hampton Fund*, personal essay/autobiography**, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than 
January 31, 2018  to the following address:

HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Post Office 2641
Columbia, SC  29202

• The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make the final approval of the recipient and notify the winners.

• Applications are available online below or:

via email at jim.goller@hamptonwildlifefund.org
by phone at: 803-600-1570

*2018-19 TOPICAL ESSAY: The applicant will write a 1,200 word (approximate) essay on the following topic:

"Without re-authorization, the S.C. Conservation Bank is scheduled to sunset on June 30, 2018.  What is the South Carolina Conservation Bank and why is it important that the S.C. Legislature re-authorize the Bank before the sunset date?"

**PERSONAL ESSAY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY:  On separate paper, the applicant will write a brief autobiography to include a description of his/her career ambitions in the field of electronic, print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications and why he/she desires a college education, plus explain his/her interests in wildlife, natural resources, the environment, coastal resources or related topics and why he/she will be good investment if awarded this scholarship.  (No more than three pages typed).
2018-2019 SCHOLARSHIP DOWNLOADS (Adobe PDF File Format)
Congratulations to Michael Kasie Roark of Union SC, recipient of the Wallace F. Pate Scholarship for 2017-2018. Ms. Roark will attend the University of South Carolina.
PLEASE NOTE: The application POSTMARK deadline is January 31, 2018.

Congratulations to Matthew Edwards of Dillon, SC, recipient of the 2017-2018 James O. Thomason Scholarship. Mr. Edwards will attend the University of South Carolina.
    Congratulations to Leslie A. Leitner, of Columbia SC, recipient of the R.M. Gifford SCDNR Family Scholarship for 2017-2018. Ms. Leitner will attend Clemson University.
    The R.M. Gifford scholarship is only available for the child of a full-time S.C. Department of Natural Resources employee or retiree. The 4-year, $2,500 per year* award is named in memory of long-time SCDNR Chief of Law Enforcement Robert M. (Bobby) Gifford.
    Ms.Leitner's mother, Jean Leitner, is a biologist in the Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division of SCDNR.
R.M. GIFFORD  SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to Sarah M. Johnson of Dillon, SC, recipient of the 2017-2018 David M. Cline Scholarship for Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice. Ms. Johnson will attend the University of South Carolina.
In memory of its former Board member, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund established the David M. Cline Scholarship in March 2011 . Mr. Cline, serving the Hampton Fund for over 20 years, was a staunch supporter of wildlife and natural resources in the Palmetto state, particularly in relation to law enforcement and marine resources. Mr. Cline was an avid hunter and offshore angler, serving on the board of the S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series and also participating as a captain and angler aboard his boat, "Miss Tidy." During his tenure he also served on the SCDNR Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. Mr. Cline passed away in 2011.
    This scholarship consists of a $2,000 scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of
DAVID M. CLINE  SCHOLARSHIP
higher learning in the state with a major area of study in law enforcement/criminal justice/forensic science. Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.

Criteria and Eligibility (PDF)   David M. Cline Scholarship  Application Form (PDF)

  • This scholarship consists of $2,000, for one-time only, to help a student further their education in law enforcement, criminal justice, forensics or forensic science.


  • The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina.


  • The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina.

  • The recipient must enroll in a major in law enforcement / criminal justice / forensics
  / forensic science to qualify.


  • Payment will be made to the successful applicant in the natural resources discipline on a one-time basis only.

  • Return both pages of the completed application, essay and autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than  January 31, 2018 to the following address:

HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Post Office Box 2641
Columbia, SC  29202

  • The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make the final approval of the recipient and notify the winner.


  • Applications are available online below or:

via email at jim.goller@hamptonwildlifefund.org
by phone at: 803-600-1570
SOUTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS
    Congratulations to the recipients of the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association (SCWLEOA) scholarships for 2017-2018. SCWLEOA scholarships are only available for the childen of full-time S.C. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Conservation Officers who are members of the Association. These scholarships are funded by the SCWLEOA and administered by the Hampton Wildlife Fund.
Allison Barnett of Westminster, SC,
Ms. Barnett will attend Anderson University.
Mallie Lewis, Salem, SC.
Ms. Lewis will attend the College of Charleston.
Claire H. Manuel, Fairfax, SC. Ms. Manuel will attend
Lander University.
Kasie Roark

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