D.R. and Ginny Pulliam Scholars Program

The D.R. and Ginny Pulliam Scholars Program provides students with an opportunity to learn about and apply skills in environmental education and leadership in a small discussion-based classroom environment while gaining 20-30 hours of field work experience and four academic credits during the academic year.

Field work occurs primarily at the City of Fort Collins’ Bobcat Ridge Natural Area and includes direct teaching experience with fourth (4th) grade elementary school students and mentoring high school students through an environmental science project.

Up to 12 students are selected to participate in this program. Students that are accepted to the program are required to enroll in NRRT 505 (Environmental Education History and Theory; three credits, fall semester) and NR 375 (Natural Resource and Environmental Leadership; one credit, spring semester). Pulliam scholars will receive a $1,750 stipend as incentive and recognition of their potential as leaders in environmental education.

Note to student applicants: check with your advisor on how the four required credits in this program can be applied to the curriculum in your major. In some instances, the courses can substitute for other degree requirements.

Eigibility :

To be considered for the program, each applicant must:

  • At least junior level standing in the semester that they begin the program
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be able to fully participate during both semesters (includes participation in both courses, teaching a minimum of 3 field trips each semester, and mentoring from November through May).
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to connecting others to the natural environment

To Apply :

Online applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will open on February 13 and close on May 12. Applicants will be asked to describe their commitment to teaching others (e.g., youth, families, tourists) about the natural environment, how the Pulliam Scholars program can help fulfill the applicant’s personal and/or professional goals, and the applicant’s willingness to commit to the full requirements of the program. They will also be asked to list two references (one from CSU).

Click here to apply online.

Contact Nicole Stafford at nicole.stafford@colostate.edu with any questions.