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George Lea Founder’s Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Public Lands Foundation (PLF) is pleased to offer the George Lea Founder’s Scholarship to a student who needs financial assistance to support his or her studies.  The scholarship is named for George Lea, the PLF’s founder.  Two scholarships will be awarded for the 2024-2025 school year.  The scholarship comprises three elements:

  1. An award of $5,000 to be used toward the student’s tuition expenses.  Note: Funds will be sent directly to the recipient’s college or university for disbursement by a Financial Aid Office.
  2. An invitation to attend the next PLF annual meeting, with transportation and living expenses paid.
  3. The opportunity to “shadow” a local BLM manager for a day.

Who may apply:

  • All juniors, seniors, and masters-level graduate students majoring in a natural resource management or public land policy curriculum during the 2024/2025 school year.
  • Students who demonstrate academic excellence with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Full-time junior or senior-level students planning to enroll in at least 12 units per semester, or enrollment in a Master’s-level graduate program.
  • Applicants will be rated based on financial need, volunteer experiences, professional society participation, employment, etc.
  • Applications are due on or before March 31, 2024.

If you have questions, please contact David Stout at

Go to the Application: CLICK HERE