California Waterfowl offers a number of scholarships that offer up to $4,000 to college students studying a biological field, or help pay the costs of attending our summer camps.


the Dennis Raveling scholarship-

The Dennis Raveling Scholarship for Waterfowl Research is awarded annually to a student(s) with a desire to pursue a career in waterfowl or wetlands ecology. Awards are based on the candidate's resolve, high academic achievement and project merit. Candidates must be pursuing an advanced university degree in wildlife, zoology, botany, ecology or other pertinent biological science.

Applicants should submit a ONE-page proposal summary description on an original research or management project. Applicants should be prepared to submit a detailed project proposal if requested. The scholarship is intended to provide field experience and training in the tools, methods and concepts of waterfowl and wetlands research and management. A committee composed of previous students and professional colleagues of Dennis Raveling will select the winning candidates.

There will be two awards:

  • 1st Place: $4,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,000

Applicants should submit a resume and a brief (one-page) study proposal or statement explaining the course of study for which they need support. This material must be accompanied by a letter from a faculty member indicating willingness to sponsor the candidate and detailing any requirements (e.g. provision for a final report or thesis) for receiving university credit. Names and phone numbers of two references are also required (include at least one University instructor and/or previous employment supervisor).

Application deadline: December 20th

Complete package should include:

One page, single-spaced proposal summary

  • Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • Letter of support from faculty member
  • Names and phone numbers of two references
  • All entries should be single-sided with no staples PLEASE!

Mail to:


Katie Shafer

California Waterfowl
1346 Blue Oaks Blvd., Suite 100
Roseville CA 95678



2024 Dennis Raveling scholarship winners:



2023 Dennis Raveling scholarship winners: