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James W. Hardin Memorial Scholarship

Dr. James W. Hardin was a beloved member of the Wildlife faculty at UW-Stevens Point, where he served from 1978 to 2014. “Gentleman Jim” always put students first and was highly regarded by all students, advisees, staff, faculty, and administrators who knew him. He literally taught tens of thousands of wildlife students in classrooms and field courses. He started the Captive Wildlife Minor at UWSP and initiated development of the Wisconsin Center for Wildlife. In recognition of his remarkable teaching, he received the UWSP Excellence in Teaching Award twice and the College of Natural Resources Outstanding Teacher Award an unprecedented four times. He advised the UWSP Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) for 10 years. He was a TWS Fellow and recipient of the Wisconsin Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of TWS. The purpose of the WCTWS James W. Hardin Memorial Scholarship is to recognize early-stage undergraduate wildlife students who show great commitment to the field of wildlife and great promise academically, and in so doing, honor the memory of “Gentleman Jim” Hardin.

This $750 scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student from any of Wisconsin’s accredited colleges or universities who:

  1. has made a commitment to the wildlife profession
  2. is in the early stages of their formal education (Sophomore or Junior standing at the time of application)
  3. has demonstrated a high level of academic performance.
To apply, students must submit the following information, emailed no later than February 7th, 2022 to: Lesa Kardash -
  1. A 1-page letter of application including a statement describing how the student meets the criteria of the scholarship and demonstrates their motivation and commitment to wildlife conservation.
  2. A copy of their college or university transcripts.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from people able to characterize the student within the scope of the criteria of this scholarship.

Applicants will be evaluated based on

  1. completeness of the application materials
  2. a major in wildlife, natural resources, or closely related field
  3. sophomore or junior standing
  4. high grade point average
  5. level of activity in The Wildlife Society
  6. how well the applicant conveys a deep personal passion for wildlife conservation
  7. how well the letters of recommendation convey that the applicant meets the previously mentioned criteria.

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