Awards and Scholarships

The Dakota Chapter provides the following awards to individuals or groups in recognition of their efforts.

Click here to see past award recipients.

Aquatic Resource Conservation Award – May be presented annually to an individual or group that has made an outstanding effort in ensuring the future welfare of the Dakotas’ waters and/or fisheries.

Robert L. Hanten Distinguished Professional Service Award – May be presented annually to no more than two individuals who have made an outstanding contribution within the fishery profession.

David W. Willis Outstanding Young Professional Award – May be presented annually to up to two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fisheries profession during the start of their fisheries careers. Nominees must not have completed five years of full-time fisheries employment. Contributions must be substantial and go beyond that required by their position. Nominees will have become established as contributors to the improvement of aquatic resources in North or South Dakota. Nominations for the award shall come from Chapter members in good standing and shall be submitted to the award and Nominations committee for consideration

Best Student Paper Award – May be presented annually to recognize the best student paper delivered at the annual meeting.

Best Student Poster Award – May be presented annually to recognize the best student poster delivered at the annual meeting.

Best Paper Award – May be presented annually to recognize the best paper delivered at the annual meeting by a working professional.

Dakota Chapter Sauger Scholarship – This scholarship provides room, conference fees, and will reimburse for other expenses (travel, food) for any amount up to $100.00.  Eligibility: Any undergraduate student studying fisheries or a related field in South Dakota.

Northern Pike Scholarship – This scholarship will provide room, conference fees, and will reimburse for other expenses (travel, food) for any amount up to $100.00 (receipts must be retained for reimbursement). The Dakota Chapter VCSU subunit will select the winners for the Northern Pike Scholarship.  Eligibility: Any undergraduate student studying fisheries or a related field in North Dakota.

Dr. James C. Schmulbach Memorial Scholarship – Eligibility: Any junior or senior undergraduate student who is studying fisheries science, or related field, at an accredited college or university in North or South Dakota.

Robert A. Klumb Memorial Scholarship – Eligibility: Any student who is studying fisheries science or related field of study is eligible to apply.

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