Press Release

April 30, 2015

Nomination Process Underway for Students to Wildlife Leadership Academy

Program seeks motivated students with interest in wildlife and fisheries conservation

State College, PA - The Wildlife Leadership Academy has opened its exclusive Youth Conservation Ambassador nomination process to the public and is currently seeking referrals of motivated students ages 14 to 17 to become Certified Conservation Ambassadors. Accepted students will gain extensive knowledge about wildlife and conservation, leadership experience and communication skills.

Congruent with the mission of the Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation, the Wildlife Leadership Academy promotes wildlife and habitat education in students. Accepted nominees will become Certified Conservation Ambassadors through attending one of four 5-day residential summer field schools. Each school will have a different focus of study pertaining to Pennsylvania wildlife - white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, black bear or brook trout.

As Conservation Ambassadors, students receive a letter of recommendation for college applications, certification of community service work and a certificate recognizing he or she as a Conservation Ambassador. Students are also eligible to return to the program tuition free the following year, compete for college scholarships and join an Academy Alumni Network of more than 100 wildlife, fisheries and conservation professionals.

Nominations for admission can be made by any adult who knows the applicant but is not a relative. Prior successful applicants have received nominations from teachers, counselors, youth group leaders, advisors and employers. Nominations will be accepted online at through May 31, 2015. The Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation will help the program obtain applicants.

"We are extremely proud to support such an exceptional program," said Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation Executive Director Vern Ross. "The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a great foundation for students interested in holding leadership roles in careers involving wildlife and its habitat."

Entering into its second decade of existence, the Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation continues to provide all wildlife enthusiasts with a way to show their commitment to all species of wildlife in Pennsylvania and their habitat. The foundation has already raised more than $2 million for projects across the entire Commonwealth. The Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation recognizes the importance youth education to ensure future generations can enjoy the same rich outdoor offerings of Pennsylvania that many enjoy today.

The Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation was established to provide permanent private support for wildlife habitat enhancement, wildlife research and education, land preservation, and for the establishment of a Wildlife Education and Research Center in State College. Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation.

More information about the foundation and its projects can be found at

The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations and is administered by the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education. The Wildlife Leadership Academy aims to empower youth to become ambassadors for conservation in order to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. Visit them online at

For More Information Contact:
Brian Tripp
Public Relations Assistant

[ Return to News ]