"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 Tim Crisman Memorial 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, and Good Luck!!

Scholarship Background

The Tim Crisman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Environmental Learning for Kids and Jane Crisman in 2011 to celebrate the life of Tim through the lives of ELK youth, which have been transformed by the Scholarship Fund. Tim was a true friend to ELK. His caring manner, quiet support, and strength of character will always be remembered and valued by everyone in the ELK family. Tim understood the importance of all youth in Colorado having the chance to experience and explore the beauty of the great outdoors. The Tim Crisman Memorial Scholarship provides educational scholarships; helping ELK youth graduates from high school to become leaders of their community and stewards of their environment. 

Scholarship Amount

This year we will be offering four $1,000 scholarships.

Deadline: March 20, 2020 @ 5pm

Eligibility Requirements

1. be a graduating senior

2. be officially enrolled in Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)

3. you must have attended a minimum of 3 ELK Leadership Corps meetings in the past 12 months.

Application Instructions

To apply for the Tim Crisman Scholarship please click on the link below and fill out the online form provided. The application form asks for basic personal information and includes three (3) essay questions.

Once started this form cannot be saved so it’s a good idea to work on your essays in a separate word document and then paste your answers into the form when complete.

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

Application Link

Award Announcement

Recipients will be announced on May 15th, 2020 at Leadership Corps End of Year Celebration 5pm-7pm at the Montbello Rec Center - 15555 E 53rd Ave, Denver, CO 80239

For more information about this scholarship or how to enroll in ELK or join the ELK Leadership Corps please contact Taylor Ruffin, ELK Education Coordinator (truffin@elkkids.org / 414-305-1469)

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Everything you need to know about the David L. Bucknam Memorial Scholarship Fund and how to apply can be found here. 

Scholarship Background: Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), in partnership with the David. L Bucknam Memorial Fund, has a scholarship 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 scholarship provides financial support to a current undergrad college student majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, education, natural resources, or environmental science. 

Scholarship Amount: $2,000.00 for the David L Bucknam Memorial Fund Scholarship

Deadline: March 20, 2020 @ 5:00pm

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 Information:   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 Instructions:

  1. Submit a resume.  The resume should include contact information, work/volunteer history, a list of honors, awards, and scholarships received, a list of extracurricular activities.
  2. Complete a short essay one-page limit—300-400 words.
  • discuss your specific educational goals,
  • discuss how this scholarship will help you achieve and accomplish those goals,
  • any volunteer or community service or other environmental experiences work you have been involved with. 
  1.  One reference – with e-mail and phone contact info
  2. Submit all documents to Taylor Ruffin at Truffin@elkkis.org

Award Announcement:

Recipients will be announced at the Friday, May 15th at Leadership Corps End of Year Celebration. For more information about this scholarship: Contact Taylor Ruffin at Truffin@elkkids.org or call 414.305.1469