"ELK has helped me so much with getting scholarships and striving for success." 

                   - Christian Gonzalez, ELK student

ELK Scholarship

Everything you need to know about ELK’s David L. Bucknam Memorial Fund Scholarship & Freeport-McMoRan Scholarship and how to apply can be found here. Please read through all the information below so that you can successfully submit a complete scholarship application. Good Luck!!

Scholarship Background

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), in partnership with the David. L Bucknam Memorial Fund and Freeport-McMoRan, has two scholarships for undergrad college students. The David L. Buckman Memorial Fund Scholarship, established by friends of David Bucknam, honors David’s passion for the out-of-doors, learning and living. The family and friends of David L Bucknam are teaming up with Environmental Learning for Kids to help ELK college students become leaders of their community and stewards of their environment.

The second scholarship is through Freeport-McMoRan, a leading international mining company with Colorado operations in Lake, Summit and Grand Counties. The company supports community needs in health care, education, environment, economic development and transportation. Both scholarships will provide financial support to a current undergrad college student majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, education, natural resources, or environmental science.  

Scholarship Amount

$2,000 for the David L Bucknam Memorial Fund Scholarship (1st Place) and $1,500 for the Freeport-McMoRan Scholarship (2nd Place)


Scholarship applications are open April 9 - April 30, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

Those eligible to apply must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in Colorado. The recipient will demonstrate a love for the outdoors, excitement about life-long learning, and be devoted to the environment and be a demonstrated leader.  Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in the outdoors, field work and team work.  Students must have at least an overall GPA of 2.7 or above.  

Application Instructions

Click on the link below for application instructions. 

Applications will be evaluated based on completeness of personal information, thoughtfulness and quality of essay, as well as grammar, mechanics, and attention to detail.

Application Link

Award Announcement

Scholarship announcement will be May 11,2019 at ELK’s Annual Cast-A-Line Event.

For more information about this scholarship: Contact Taylor Ruffin at Truffin@elkkids.org or call 414.305.1469