Salazar Center launches scholarship program for students interested in conservation storytelling

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The Salazar Center for North American Conservation is offering five Elevating Voices scholarships to Colorado State University undergraduates for the 2021-22 academic year. This scholarship will support the time and participation of students in the new Elevating Voices program, which was designed to provide mentorship and hands-on learning opportunities related to conservation, storytelling and film production.

Elevating Voices is a joint effort by the Salazar Center and the Colorado chapter of the Next 100 Coalition and is funded by the Gates Family Foundation. Next 100 is a startup think tank for and by the next generation of environmental leaders, and it works to build a more inclusive, equal and just future. This scholarship program has been designed, in part, to connect CSU students with Next 100’s robust network in Colorado, who will serve as mentors throughout the program.

Selected students will be matched with a mentor from Next 100 and, with the support of professional filmmakers and equipment to be provided, will independently produce, shoot and edit short documentary films. Students will learn a range of technical and artistic skills, while mentorship from the Next 100 network will help students develop powerful narratives and think about the role they can play in the conservation movement.

The Elevating Voices Scholarship application is now open to CSU juniors and seniors. Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 27. Questions may be directed to

Learn more about the Elevating Voices scholarship and apply online.

About the Salazar Center

The Salazar Center works to advance the health and resilience of the natural systems and human communities of North America by bridging gaps between academic research, community practice and policy development. Its efforts focus on both large landscapes and cities, with an emphasis on biodiversity protection, climate resilience and racial equity woven throughout. Learn more at