Scholarship Opportunities

The David P. Fellows-Great Plains Nature Center Scholarship/Grant


The family of David P. Fellows, Ph.D. has established a $500 scholarship/grant in honor of his extensive work in prairie and wildlife research.

A former research biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, David was an avid hunter, fisherman, woodworker, and gunsmith with a passion for the stewardship of our natural resources. His daughter, Suzanne Fellows, served as our first staff member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has invited Great Plains Nature Center to help facilitate this opportunity.

The purpose of this scholarship/grant is to enable the recipient to further their involvement in prairie and wildlife issues, either through traditional means (formal education) or special interest projects (restoration & research).

Applicant must be able to document a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service with at least one of the following:

  • Great Plains Nature Center
  • Wichita Park and Recreation Department
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey-Biological Research Division
  • or another suitable organization dedicated to fostering the appreciation and stewardship of nature.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than January 31, 2022, to:


Scholarship/Grant Committee

Great Plains Nature Center,
Attn: Amanda Alessi

6232 E. 29th Street North

Wichita, KS 67220

or via Email:

The designated selection committee, in consultation with the scholarship/grant originator or their designee, will choose the scholarship/grant recipient(s). The selection committee may not include a relative of any applicant.

Selection of the recipient will be made without regard to financial need, race, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry or age.

Past recipients:


Samantha Rader, Wichita, KS                              Scholarship award


Kyle Goldwater, Wilson KS
Scholarship award


Maeve Hilgers, Mulvane KS
Scholarship award


Covey Becker, Clearwater KS
Scholarship award


Patrick Greenwalt, Arlington, Virginia
Scholarship award


Ashley Murrell, Topeka
Scholarship award


Jeff Carter, Hays KS
Black-capped Chickadee research project

Bailey Spencer, Wichita KS
Scholarship award, Kansas State University


no award this year



Tracy Callard & Jennifer Sinsel, Wichita KS
J-Birds Club at Jackson Elementary School


no award this year


Heather Stone, Wichita KS
Scholarship award


Joe Riis, Laramie WY
Research grant, University of Wyoming

Drew Strickert, Wichita KS
Scholarship award


Libby Albers, Wichita KS

Scholarship award, Stephen F. Austin State University


Tyler Hicks,  Mulvane KS

Scholarship award, Cowley County Community College

Jennifer Rader, Hays, KS
Scholarship award, Fort Hays State University.


Hank Guarisco,  Lawrence KS
Spiders Workshop at Sternberg Museum