Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center Scholarship/Grant Program Guidelines

  •  The scholarship/grant program of the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center provides for individual scholarship and grant programs that are compatible with the missions of the Great Plains Nature Center.
  •  Individual scholarships and grants that provide for study in an undergraduate degree program, graduate degree program and/or defined special projects, events, workshops, trips and internships are suitable under these guidelines.
  •  Study areas may include botany, wildlife, hunting, fishing, environment, natural history, habitat conservation, ecology, biology, wildlife art, wildlife photography, wildlife writing and the teaching of any of the above.
  •  Application process and deadlines will be specific to each individual scholarship/grant.
  •  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.

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


David Fellows was born in Sharon, Connecticut on April 20, 1940.  Interested in marine and invertebrate biology, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii.  He earned a PhD from the University of Arizona and returned to the University of Hawaii to teach in the zoology department.

In 1974 he joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a research biologist at their animal damage control lab.  In 1983 he moved to Jamestown, North Dakota and began working at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center until he retired in the spring of 2001. 

Dave was an avid hunter, fisherman, woodworker and gunsmith with strong views on the wise use of natural resources. He loved the prairie and wildlife. He shared this love with his children and grandchildren and volunteered for outdoor wildlife education projects.

Dave passed away on June 20, 2002 after a 9-month battle with cancer.  His heirs set up the David P. Fellows-Great Plains Nature Center Scholarship/Grant in his memory.

The scholarship/grant is for $500.   Its purpose is to enable the recipient to further their involvement in prairie and wildlife issues.  Knowledge, enjoyment, a conservation ethic and respect for wildlife can all be gained in both a traditional manner (through formal education) or special interest projects.  A recipient will be chosen from applications submitted which best fit the ideal of continuing environmental education on the prairies.

Recipients must be able to document a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service for the Great Plains Nature Center, one of the parent agencies (City of Wichita–Wichita Park and Recreation Department, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), U.S. Geological Survey-Biological Research Division or a suitable community program advancing knowledge and enjoyment of nature (e.g. Big Brothers/Big Sisters-Pass It On program).

The application deadline is January 31 each year for an April distribution.  

Mail the completed form to:

ATT:  Marc Murrell  

Scholarship/Grant Committee
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 East 29th North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200

 Questions may be addressed to Marc Murrell.

Phone: 316-683-5499 ext 104


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