In a commitment to promote higher education in the natural resources area in South Carolina, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund in 1992 established the scholarship program. This scholarship consists of a $5,000* scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, environmental science or related fields.  Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.

Criteria and Eligibility (PDF)  Hampton/Pate Combined Application Form (PDF)

• This fund consists of $5,000* annually, for up to four (4) consecutive years, to help a student further their education in the natural resources discipline.

• The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina.

• The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina.

• The recipient must have a major in the natural resources discipline such as: wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine science or environmental science to qualify.
(NOTE: General biology, pre-medical biology and veterinary science are NOT eligible for this scholarship.)

• Payment will be made to the same person for four (4) consecutive years of college related to a major in the natural resources discipline.

• The recipient must maintain a GPR of 2.5 or above for a given academic year to receive funds for the following year.  If the GPR falls below the 2.5 average for any academic year, the student will not receive any further funds, and a new recipient will be sought.

• Return both pages of the completed application, essay/autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than  February 1, 2016  to the following address:

HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Post Office 2641
Columbia, SC  29202

• Applications are available online below or:

via email at jim.goller@hamptonwildlifefund.org
by phone at: 803-600-1570

The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make the final approval of the recipient and notify the winners.
Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund
The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation which
partners with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the promotion of
education, research, management and the administration of game and fish laws, which
will benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina.
In its continued commitment to promote higher education in the
natural aresources area in South Carolina, the Board of Directors of the
Hampton Fund, in cooperation with the South Carolina Governor's Cup
Billfishing Series, established the Wallace F. Pate Scholarship in 2004.
Wallace F. Pate pioneered offshore big game fishing in South Carolina.
This scholarship consists of a $1,500 scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science or environmental science.  Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.

Criteria and Eligibility (PDF) Hampton/Pate Combined Application Form (PDF)

• This fund consists of a one-time award of $1,500 to help a student further their education in the natural resources discipline.

• The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina.

• The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina.

• The recipient must have a major in the natural resources discipline such as: wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine science or environmental science to qualify.
(NOTE: General biology, pre-medical biology and veterinary science are NOT eligible for this scholarship.)

• Payment will be made to the successful applicant in the natural resources discipline on a one-time, one-year basis only.

• Return both pages of the completed application, essay/autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than  February 1, 2016 to the following address:

HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Post Office 2641
Columbia, SC  29202

• The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make final approval of the recipient and notify the winners.

• Applications are available online below or:

via email at jim.goller@hamptonwildlifefund.org
by phone at: 803-600-1570

The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make the final approval of the recipient and notify the winners.
HARRY HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIP
WALLACE F. PATE  SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to Ashley Davis of Irmo, SC, recipient of the 2015-2016 Hampton Wildlife Fund Scholarship. Ms. Davis will attend the University of South Carolina Honors College.
In memory of its former Board Chairman, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund in March 2005 established the James O. Thomason Scholarship. James O. Thomason, known by his friends simply as “O,” was a staunch supporter of wildlife and natural resources in the Palmetto state, particularly in relation to education. James O. was appointed to the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Board of Directors, later to become the Department of Natural Resources, in 1984. During his tenure he also served as Chairman of the Conservation Education and Communications Advisory Committee, which furthered his interest in and support of
JAMES O. THOMASON  SCHOLARSHIP
natural resources education. James O. served as Chairman of the Hampton Fund from 1998 until his passing in February 2004.
    This scholarship consists of $2,000* annually, for up to four (4) consecutive years, to help a student further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications. Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.

Criteria and Eligibility (PDF)  James O. Thomason Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

• This scholarship consists of $2,000* annually, for up to four (4) consecutive years, to help a student further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications.

• The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina.

• The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina.

• The recipient must declare a major in electronic, print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications to qualify.

• Payment will be made to the same person for four (4) consecutive years of college related to a major in the above disciplines.

• The recipient must maintain a GPR of 2.5 or above for a given academic year to receive funds for the following year. If the GPR falls below the 2.5 average for any academic year, the student will not receive any further funds, and a new recipient will be sought.

• Return both pages of the completed application, essay on a topic selected by the Hampton Fund*, personal essay/autobiography**, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than  February 1, 2016  to the following address:

HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Post Office 2641
Columbia, SC  29202

• The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make the final approval of the recipient and notify the winners.

• Applications are available online below or:

via email at jim.goller@hamptonwildlifefund.org
by phone at: 803-600-1570

*2015-16 TOPICAL ESSAY: The applicant will write a 1,200 word (approximate) essay on the following topic:

“Despite South Carolina’s bountiful sunshine, solar energy is vastly underutilized in the state. Now, state policy makers and utilities are beginning to recognize solar energy's value. Of all renewable energy sources, solar exhibits the greatest potential within the smallest environmental footprint. Despite this growing recognition, there are significant barriers in maximizing the state’s solar potential. What are these barriers and how can we overcome them?

**PERSONAL ESSAY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY:  On separate paper, the applicant will write a brief autobiography to include a description of his/her career ambitions in the field of electronic, print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications and why he/she desires a college education, plus explain his/her interests in wildlife, natural resources, the environment, coastal resources or related topics and why he/she will be good investment if awarded this scholarship.  (No more than three pages typed).
2016-2017 SCHOLARSHIP DOWNLOADS (Adobe PDF File Format)
Congratulations to Kollby Taylor of Abbeville SC, recipient of the Wallace F. Pate Scholarship for 2015-2016. Mr. Taylor will attend Clemson University.
PLEASE NOTE: The 2016 deadline is February 1, 2016.

*NOTE: These scholarship amounts are new for 2016-2017 school year.
The above files were updated August 24th, 2015.
Congratulations to Daniel Hudson of Irmo, SC, recipient of the 2015-2016 James O. Thomason Scholarship. Mr. Hudson
will attend Lander University.
    Congratulations to Jennifer H. Barnett of Westminster, SC, recipient of the R.M. Gifford SCDNR Family Scholarship for 2015-2016. Ms. Barnett will attend Clemson University.
    The R.M. Gifford scholarship is only available for the child of a full-time S.C. Department of Natural Resources employee. The 4-year, $2,500 per year* award is named in memory of long-time SCDNR Chief of Law Enforcement Robert M. (Bobby) Gifford.
    Ms.Barnett's father, J. Henry Barnett is a SCDNR Law Enforcement Conservation Officer and Education Coordinator.
This scholarship is made possible by funds received through the S.C. Education Lottery by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. It is a mission of the Foundation to ensure that future generations benefit from a naturally balanced marine ecosystem. Whether training future scientists or advocates for the oceans, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will fund education programs to help children and young adults understand their role in conserving our oceans. Guy Harvey’s inspiration artwork and television programs are expanding to new media, utilized by younger generations, with lessons of common sense conservation and responsible practices on the water and at home. The Foundation works with educators, scientists,
Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Scholarship
R.M. GIFFORD  SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to James E. Moran, of Conway, SC recipient of the 2015-2016 David M. Cline Scholarship for Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice. Mr. Moran will attend the University of South Carolina.
and multi-media specialists to design innovate educational programs for schools, community groups, and learners at home of all ages.
    This scholarship consists of a $2,500 scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in fisheries, marine biology, marine science or environmental science. Applicants are thoroughly screened and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.

(NOTE: This scholarship is no longer available).

  • This scholarship consists of $2,500, for one-time only, to help a student further their education in fisheries, marine biology, marine science or environmental science.

  • The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina.


  • The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina.


  • The recipient must enroll in a major in the natural resources discipline such as: wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine science or environmental science or law enforcement/criminal justice to qualify. (NOTE: General biology, pre-medical biology and veterinary science are NOT eligible for this scholarship.)


  • Payment will be made to the successful applicant in the natural resources discipline on a one-time basis only.


  • Return both pages of the completed application, essay and autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than February 1, 2016 to the following address:

HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Post Office Box 2641
Columbia, SC  29202

  • The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make the final approval of the recipient and notify the winner.


  • Applications are available online below or:

via email at jim.goller@hamptonwildlifefund.org
by phone at: 803-600-1570
Congratulations to Hannah Jur of Lexington, SC, and recipient of the 2015-2016 Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Scholarship.
Ms. Jur will attend the University of South Carolina..
In memory of its former Board member, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund established the David M. Cline Scholarship in March 2011 . Mr. Cline, serving the Hampton Fund for over 20 years, was a staunch supporter of wildlife and natural resources in the Palmetto state, particularly in relation to law enforcement and marine resources. Mr. Cline was an avid hunter and offshore angler, serving on the board of the S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series and also participating as a captain and angler aboard his boat, "Miss Tidy." During his tenure he also served on the SCDNR Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. Mr. Cline passed away in 2011.
    This scholarship consists of a $2,000 scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of
DAVID M. CLINE  SCHOLARSHIP
higher learning in the state with a major area of study in law enforcement/criminal justice/forensic science. Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.

Criteria and Eligibility (PDF)   David M. Cline Scholarship  Application Form (PDF)

  • This scholarship consists of $2,000, for one-time only, to help a student further their education in law enforcement, criminal justice, forensics or forensic science.


  • The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina.


  • The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina.

  • The recipient must enroll in a major in law enforcement / criminal justice / forensics
  / forensic science to qualify.


  • Payment will be made to the successful applicant in the natural resources discipline on a one-time basis only.

  • Return both pages of the completed application, essay and autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than  February 1, 2016 to the following address:

HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Post Office Box 2641
Columbia, SC  29202

  • The Board of Directors of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund will make the final approval of the recipient and notify the winner.


  • Applications are available online below or:

via email at jim.goller@hamptonwildlifefund.org
by phone at: 803-600-1570
SOUTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS
    Congratulations to the recipients of the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association (SCWLEOA) scholarships for 2015-2016. SCWLEOA scholarships are only available for the childen of full-time S.C. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Conservation Officers who are members of the Association. These scholarships are funded by the SCWLEOA and administered by the Hampton Wildlife Fund.
Lauren Cutter, McCormick SC. Ms. Cutter will attend Clemson University.
Samantha Issacs, Pickens SC. Ms. Issacs will attend the University of South Carolina-Upstate.
Kimberly Ann Wilson, Chesnee, SC. Ms. Wilson will attend the University of South Carolina-Upstate.