Wisconsin Chapter: Awards, Scholarships, Grants

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WCTWS Awards

The nomination period is now closed. More information will be added when next year’s call for nominations opens.

Click here to view a list of past WCTWS award recipients

The Wisconsin Award is our chapter’s highest recognition of a person or group that exemplifies the wildlife profession in our state. The award is intended to be given out annually and nominees are rated on the basis of their overall achievement or service to the wildlife profession in the fields of management, research, teaching, public relations, or legislative direction.

Nominees may be any member of the wildlife profession and its supporting disciplines including members of governing bodies.

The Don Rusch Memorial Award is presented annually to a nominee who has made an outstanding contribution to wildlife conservation and meets the following requirements:
1) A wildlife professional actively working in the field of management, research, or education in the State of Wisconsin.
2) A member in good standing of the Wisconsin Chapter of TWS.
3) An active participant in or a strong supporter of the role of hunting in wildlife conservation.

Nominees are judged on the significance of their contribution to wildlife conservation in the state of Wisconsin for either the short /or long term. The person selected for this award will be the type of individual who is recognized by their peers as an excellent representative of a working wildlife professional.


WCTWS Leopold Scholarship

Applications due by January 1, 2018.

The purpose of these scholarships are to provide support and recognition to a graduate and an undergraduate student who has made a commitment to the wildlife profession, has successfully completed the initial stages of their formal education, and has shown exceptional commitment to developing themselves professionally, and in doing so, honors the memory of Aldo Leopold. Each scholarship is $1,000. Applicants must be: currently enrolled at a college or university within Wisconsin; be majoring in wildlife management/ecology, zoology, biology, or related area with the goal of pursuing a career in wildlife ecology/management, etc., and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 maximum). For more information view the scholarship announcements below.

2018 Aldo Leopold Memorial Scholarships

Undergraduate Student Scholarship Announcement

Graduate Student Scholarship Announcement

History of the Leopold Scholarship Award

Back in 1994, the Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society (WCTWS) embarked on a ‘Scholarship Award’ for college students studying for degrees in conservation related fields such as wildlife management, ecology, biology, or related areas attending college’s and university’s in Wisconsin.

The Leopold Scholarship Award was named in tribute and memory of Aldo Leopold, the noted Wisconsin Professor of Wildlife Conservation. To finance the program, in 1987 the WCTWS commissioned a wildlife print by Jonathan Wilde, a Wisconsin wildlife artist, titled — “100th Anniversary Aldo Leopold Commemorative Print”. Each year the WCTWS Scholarship Committee of five chapter members, requests and reviews applications from college students. The Aldo Leopold Scholoarship recipient(s) is announced at the annual WCTWS winter meeting.

Click here to see a list of past Leopold Scholarship recipients

Click here for an article on past Leopold Scholarship recipients


WCTWS Travel Grants

The application period is now closed. More information will be added when next year’s application process opens.

Click here to see a list of past Travel Grant recipients


2009 TWS Chapter of the Year Award

Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society receives 2009 TWS Chapter of the Year Award

Congratulations to the Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society (WCTWS) for being chosen by TWS as the Chapter of the Year in 2009.  The award recognizes exceptional achievements by a Chapter during the previous year.  Past President Karl Martin (2007) and President-Elect Scott Walter accepted the award at the Awards Ceremony and delivered a presentation during the Leaders’ Lunch at the Annual Conference in Monterey, California in September.

So much was accomplished by the Chapter in 2008, under Past Presidents Jamie Nack and Karl Martin.  The following are some of the major accomplishments for which our Chapter was recognized:

  • Offered our first technical training workshop on Wildlife Damage Management
  • Offered two $750 travel grants for members to get financial support to attend the TWS National conference
  • Held Annual winter meeting jointly with the Wisconsin Chapter of The American Fisheries Society
  • Moved our website to the TWS server, providing significant improvements in communication
  • Developed/distributed an informative quarterly newsletter, Intelligent Tinkering
  • Offered several awards at annual winter meeting to recognize our members
  • Developed two position statements on Wisconsin issues (Baiting and feeding, Double-crested cormorant management)
  • Provided comments on Draft 10-year CWD management plan
  • Established a transmitter frequency database
  • Testified in support of DNR deer hunting season structure
  • Redesigned its membership brochure09chapterawardsm

Click here to view the presentation about the Wisconsin Chapter of TWS given by Scott Walter and Karl Martin at the Leaders’ Lunch.