Conference Scholarships

The 2020 Environmental Educators of North Carolina Conference will take place from September 18-19 at Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center, located in Hendersonville, NC. There will be pre-conference workshops and field trips held on Thursday, September 17.

General Scholarships

Each year EENC provides scholarship funding to help educators attend the conference. There is about $4000 available in scholarship funds this year. The scholarships will be awarded at three levels: 1) Full- covers the registration cost for both days of the conference, 2) Day- covers the registration cost equivalent to one day of the conference, and 3) Half- covers the registration cost equivalent to half a day of the conference. Scholarship amounts awarded are based on the Early Bird Conference rates. EENC tries to award all applicants some amount of scholarship funding. 

Inclusion Scholarship

EENC strives to make the organization, and environmental education, more accessible, inclusive, and welcoming for all communities. One of our strategies includes supporting attendance at our conference that is more representative of our state’s demographics and educators. 

This year, EENC is focusing on racial equity through our Inclusion Scholarship, in honor of Past President Deborah Miller. EENC will award two scholarships to individuals who identify as people of color to attend the annual EENC conference. The amount awarded for this scholarship will include the full conference registration plus an equivalent amount to be used for travel to and from the conference, additional meal expenses, and/or lodging. Any travel expenses beyond the value of the stipend will be the responsibility of the awardee. The travel stipend will be mailed 30 days prior to the conference.


Those interested in receiving scholarship funds must complete the Scholarship Application. Inclusion Scholarship applicants will complete the general scholarship application form and will complete two additional questions. Applicants who do not receive the Inclusion Scholarship will remain in the general scholarship applicant pool for consideration for a general scholarship award.

New this year! EENC recognizes that the scholarship application currently relies solely on an applicant’s writing and that is not everyone’s preferred form of communication. If you would like to submit your application via video, audio, graphic design, artwork, poem, etc. there will be an option in the application to do so. 

Scholarship applications are due May 31. 

Review Process

All EENC scholarships are awarded based on need and merit. Scholarship applications are reviewed by a team of judges and scored using a rubric; scores are averaged to get the final score of each applicant. All scholarship awards are granted on the strength of an applicant’s answers to the questions in the scholarship application. Applicants will be notified around June 19. 

Since all scholarship levels are based on the Early Bird Rates, scholarship recipients are encouraged to register by the Early Bird deadline of July 20. If a recipient registers after the Early Bird deadline, the recipient is responsible for any money owed above the awarded amount. 

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Culpepper, Conference Co-Chair at 

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Environmental Educators of North Carolina

P.O. Box 4904
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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