Awards

Seeking 2020 Award Nominations!

Nominations will be due December 14, 2019.  Awards will be presented at the annual Montana TWS conference in Butte.  There are five categories this year (that’s right, we have a new one!):

  1. The Distinguished Service Award
  2. The Biologist of the Year Award
  3. The Bob Watts Communication Award
  4. The Wildlife Conservation Award
  5. **NEW!!** The Rising Professional Award

If you would like more information, see the “Awards” section below for additional details!

 2020 Small Grants–Now Taking Nominations!

Proposals will be reviewed by the Grants Committee and final funding decisions will be made by the Board. Grants will be awarded at the Annual meeting in February. Proposals due by December 31, 2019.

This year, the small grants award will be divided into two categories, with up to $1000 awards available for each category (that’s right, that’s more than last year! How cool is that?).

  1. Scientific Research (up to $1000)
  2. Education and public outreach (up to $1000)
If you would like more information, see the “Montana TWS Chapter Grant” section below for additional details!

Awards

Awards are given annually in recognition of members in our society who have gone the extra mile, who have devoted a life of service, who contribute to furtherance of professional expertise, who are initiating a promising career in wildlife, who are contributing outstanding scientific information, or to those who have made it possible for wildlife professionals to do a better job, the Montana Chapter salutes you! Awards are presented at the annual meeting of the Montana Chapter.

For more information on how to nominate someone, click: 2020 Nominations for MT TWS Awards

View a list of all past award recipients.

Grants and Scholarships

The MTTWS provides funding for a variety of projects and individuals that are consistent with our goals.

Montana TWS Chapter Grant

Through its grant program, the MT Chapter aims to provide funding for a variety of projects that are consistent with our goals. Eligible uses of the funds include supplies, equipment for schools and nonprofit organizations, printing and communications. Ineligible uses include salaries, stipends, per diem and personal equipment. Students, wildlife professionals, and nonprofit organizations that are active in wildlife conservation are eligible to apply.

For more information click: MT-TWS Grants Program

Counter Assault Grant

Counter Assault, Inc. and the MTTWS fund projects consistent with their shared mission and goals. The mission of the Chapter is to serve and represent wildlife professionals in all areas of wildlife conservation and resource management.  Eligible uses of the funds include supplies, equipment for schools and nonprofit organizations, printing and communications.  Graduate and undergraduate (Senior thesis) students that are active in wildlife conservation research are eligible to apply.  Grant proposals are due by November 15th.

For more information click: Counter Assault, Inc. Grant

Montana Wildlife Federation and Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment Grants and Scholarships

Established in 1998, the Endowment honors the late Phil Tawney, a fourth generation Montanan, lifetime sportsman and conservation leader.  Grants are available to support projects that involve young people in hunting and conservation, promote environmentally friendly wildlife habitats, support public policy changes to conserve habitat, and promote hunting ethics, fair chase, sustainable wildlife habitat values, and safety.    Scholarships are awarded to Montana college students who have major academic fields of study that relate to conservation, that exhibit a commitment to public hunting ethics and fair chase, and support values to perpetuate hunting through efforts to conserve habitats and wildlife.