Dr. John W. Marr, Professor of Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder, founded the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Ecology at that institution and was the first president of the Colorado Native Plant Society. Marr grants support research on Colorado native plants.
CoNPS Mission grants support the development of educational materials, programs, projects or events to inform people about Colorado native plants. Mission grants may also be awarded for native plant research that does not overlap with work funded by Marr and Steinkamp grants.
Myrna Steinkamp was a founding CoNPS member whose years of work on behalf of the Society included helping with both editions of the Society’s publication, Rare Plants of Colorado. Steinkamp grants support work on Colorado native plants that are rare or of conservation concern.
Alice Eastwood, a pioneering Canadian American botanist, taught at Denver’s East High School for over a decade. One scholarship for $950 or two for $475 (her annual salary at East HS) are awarded to undergraduates pursuing degrees that will ultimately advance the mission of the Colorado Native Plant Society. Applications will be accepted until scholarships are awarded. Applicants will receive a response within four weeks of submission.