The Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Craig Tufts, Chief Naturalist of the National Wildlife Federation. Each year the fund grants an award to one youth to attend a week-long summer outdoor educational adventure camp at Family Nature Summits. The fund provides travel, room and board, and program fees for the award winner and an accompanying parent or guardian.
The 2021 Family Nature Summit will be held July 10-16 at the Silver Bay YMCA conference and family retreat center in the Adirondack State Park on Lake George in New York. For more information, visit familynaturesummits.org.
Craig worked for the National Wildlife Federation for 33 years as Chief Naturalist. He was excited about everything living and understood a tremendous amount about the natural world around him, no matter where he was. Being with Craig on a walk was like having a guide beside you. Craig was always happy to point things out to anyone and was just as excited to see something for the 50th time as he was to see it for the first time.
The Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund continues Craig’s legacy, replicating the spark he provided for so many with his extensive knowledge of and appreciation for the natural world. The fund finances an annual award that recognizes an individual between the ages of 8 and 18 who displays an interest in the natural world, aiming to foster that interest and encourage a lifelong path of environmental study. The Fund provides an opportunity for a young person to experience the National Wildlife Federation's mission of inspiring individuals of all ages to care about and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.
The 2021 Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Award recipient has been selected. Thank you to all who applied.
Please check back in January 2022 for information on the 2022 Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship.
Who May Apply: Anyone in the continental United States between the ages of 8 and 18
How to Apply: Each applicant will submit an original essay that addresses the following:
Each essay must:
Applications may be submitted via email or fax:
If you wish to make a contribution, please consider this fund as a way of carrying on Craig's legacy. Donations may be made at nwf.org/CraigTuftsFund, or made payable to Craig Tufts Fund and sent to:
National Wildlife Federation
ATTN: Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190
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