Central Cascades scholarship: Looking Upstream

Central Cascades scholarship: Looking Upstream

Conservation Northwest / Apr 12, 2019 / Central Cascades

A Central Puget Sound scholarship contest linking downstream voices to whole watershed solutions.

By Jen Watkins, Conservation Associate

Update: The deadline for this scholarship has been extended to June 2nd, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Please submit your entries to info (@) conservationnw.org

We’re offering a new scholarship through our Central Cascades Watersheds Restoration program, which works to restore habitat on public lands north and south of I-90 that are vital to wildlife movement between Mount Rainier National Park and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

A map of the Puyallup-White  Watershed and communities downstream. Map: King County Department of Natural Resources. Click for a larger version!

We’re asking college students in communities of the Green-Duwamish and Puyallup-White river watersheds to use their unique voice to answer the following question: Why does the health and management of the upland forests and whole watershed function, from the snow-capped mountains to the Puget Sound, matter to you and your community?

We seek creative and thoughtful entries in brief written, verbal, or visual essay formats to enrich our understanding of the values individuals and communities hold in these watersheds. Written entries should be no more than 600 words, while visual and verbal entries should be no longer than two minutes. All entries should be concise, clear, creative, and make a personal connection to your values and vision.

A map of the Green-Duwamish Watershed and communities downstream. Map: King County Department of Natural Resources. Click for a larger version!

With the help of a panel of judges that represent stakeholders in the watersheds, we will select a winner and two runners-up. The winner will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship toward their continued education, while each runner up will be awarded a $500 scholarship. All winners will receive a Looking Upstream prize package, including a NW Forest Pass, Conservation Northwest collapsible water bottle, Washington Trails Association membership and Looking Upstream t-shirt.

The panel of judges includes Jen Watkins, Conservation Northwest; Matt Goehring, Green-Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed – WRIA 9; Martie Schramm, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; Jeffrey Thomas, Puyallup Tribal Fish & Wildlife Program; Tracy Stanton, Emerald Alliance; Johnathan Stumpf, American Rivers;  and Kristin Williamson, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group.

Awards will be announced June 7, 2019. Please submit your entry and any questions to info (at) conservationnw.org

Contest entry details

  • Written essays will be accepted in PDF and Word Document format. Entries must be 600 words or less.
  • Verbal entries will be accepted as Mp3 files.
  • Visual essays will be accepted as Mp4 files, WMV, MOV and AVI.

All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on June 2, 2019 by email to info (at) conservationnw.org. All entries must include your name, address, email, phone number, and current institution of study as well as where you will be enrolled in summer and/or fall 2019.

By submitting your entry, you understand that it will be reviewed by judges, and can be used in any communications in our program work on these watersheds. 


Learn more about our work to restore watersheds and forests in the CENTRAL CASCADES!
The White River in the Greenwater area of the Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest as seen from Highway 410. Photo: Ralph Maughan