Scholarship/Fellowship Programs

The Utom River Conservation Fund is managed by a consortium of groups* that are dedicated to protecting the Utom River and its watershed in southern California. We are passionate about the region, its wildlife, culture, botany and waters. In an effort to further protections and interest for this remarkable landscape we are dedicating a portion of our funds to students that share our passion for the natural world and the cultural integrity of the area.  

Two scholarship funds will be available for eligible students:

Utom Conservation Fund Scholarship: Available to eligible high school seniors and community college and college/university undergrad students. 25 grants in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded.  Please click here for additional information, criteria and link to the application portal.

Utom Conservation Fund Fellowship: Available to eligible college/university graduate and PhD students. 4 grants in the amount of $12,500 will be awarded. Please click here for additional information, criteria and link to the application portal.

*Consortium groups: California Native Plant Society, Center for Biological Diversity, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Wishtoyo Foundation

The application submission process will close on September 1, 2022