Wayne Harrison Memorial Scholarship: Application Instructions

As a lasting contribution to the fire ecology and management community, the Wayne Harrison Memorial Scholarship supports academic and professional growth of students through funding research, management, or education projects related to wildland fire science.


Scholarships up to $2,500 are awarded annually, with applications due April 20 (extended deadline) and awarded by May 31 each year. The number of scholarships and amount awarded will be based on the applications received in a given year.  


Eligible students will be a full time undergraduate or graduate student, a current member of the Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE), and have at least one year remaining in their academic program. Underrepresented minority, low income, first generation college, veteran, and international students are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a summary report to AFE upon project completion.

Application Review Process

The AFE Awards Committee will independently review applications, score each component of the application using an evaluation rubric, and award the scholarship(s) to the highest scoring applicant(s). We recommend each applicant review the evaluation rubric prior to developing and submitting their application

Online Application 

Applications must be submitted online at https://fireecology.wufoo.com/forms/wayne-harrison-memorial-scholarship/ by April 20, 2020. 

Applicants will provide the following information using the online application:

  • Full name and learning institution affiliation
  • Statement of research/career interests and goals (200 words)
  • Project description including relevant background, purpose, methods or implementation plan, timeline, and the student’s role in the project (500 words)
  • Requested scholarship amount and description of how the funds will be used to help meet research or educational goals, and any matching funds or in-kind contributions from partners that will help make the project successful (200 words max)
  • Description of how the applicant or project increases the diversity of people and perspectives in the wildland fire community (100 words)
    • Note: This can be answered in many ways—from a description of the applicant’s background or demographics to sharing ideas about how their research or project will help broaden perspectives about fire and its role in our ecosystems.
  • Letter of support from academic advisor
  • Current CV / Resume

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