Grants and Scholarships

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John Marr Grant

Objective: To Select the recipients of small grants from the John W. Marr Fund and the Myrna P. Steinkamp Memorial Fund.  These separate funds honor the late Dr. John Marr, Professor at the University of Colorado and first President of the Colorado Native Plant Society, and Myrna Steinkamp, a founding member of the Colorado Native Plant Society who worked on behalf of the Society for many years in a variety of capacities.

Both funds were established to support field and laboratory research on the biology and natural history of Colorado native plants.

The chairman of the Research Committee is Stephen Stern at stern.r.stephen@gmail.com

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CoNPS Mission Grant

Objective: To support research or other projects that contribute to the knowledge, appreciation, and conservation of native plants and habitats in Colorado. Grants will be awarded twice every calendar year, once in spring and once in fall. To be considered, spring proposals must be received by February 1st and fall proposals by August 1st.

Mission Grant Criteria

1. How well does this proposal advance the CoNPS mission (through education, stewardship, or advocacy?)

2. Explanation of which native plant or native plant community/habitat the project benefits.

3. Quality of Application (well written, clarity of purpose, tangible product(s) and high chance for project completion.

4. Applicant’s Experience (relevant, indicative of successful project completion.

5. Likelihood of CoNPS partner organizations benefiting from this project.

6. Personal evaluation of project.

The contact for the Mission Grants Committee is Christina Alba.

Myrna Stienkamp Grant

Objective: To Select the recipients of small grants from the John W. Marr Fund and the Myrna P. Steinkamp Memorial Fund.  These separate funds honor the late Dr. John Marr, Professor at the University of Colorado and first President of the Colorado Native Plant Society, and Myrna Steinkamp, a founding member of the Colorado Native Plant Society who worked on behalf of the Society for many years in a variety of capacities.

Both funds were established to support field and laboratory research on the biology and natural history of Colorado native plants.

The chairman of the Research Committee is Stephen Stern at stern.r.stephen@gmail.com

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Alice Eastwood Scholarship

The Alice Eastwood Scholarship is administered by the Alice Eastwood Partnership in collaboration with the Colorado Native Plant Society (CoNPS).  It is intended to help support undergraduates pursuing bachelor’s degrees that ultimately advance the Mission of the Society:

The Colorado Native Plant Society is dedicated to furthering the knowledge, appreciation and conservation of native plants and habitats of Colorado through education, stewardship and advocacy.”

AWARDS

Scholarships of $475 — Eastwood’s annual salary earned while teaching at Denver East High School — will be matched with funds from the CoNPS for a total award of $950 per scholarship administered on an annual basis by the Society. Depending on the application pool, one or two awards are expected each year through 2029.

Qualified applicants, whether or not they are selected as recipients, will receive a student membership in the Society if they submit a quality application.