Environmental Conservation Scholarship
for Graduate Students
Funded by the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund

Majors/fields of study may include:

 Conservation Biology Ÿ Ecology Ÿ Environmental Studies, Science, Law or Policy 
Fisheries  Natural Resource Management Ÿ Hydrology Ÿ Zoology 


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Amount Of Award: $3,500
Application Deadline: April 2, 2018

Scholarship Description:

The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. and the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities are pleased to announce the 2018 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship

Having received a TGF scholarship in the past does not prohibit future eligibility.  A student may be awarded more than one consecutive TGF scholarship.  However, priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a TGF scholarship.

Before completing the application, please review the following guidelines to determine eligibility.

  • Applicant must be a student who will be entering his or her 1st or 2nd year of graduate school or law school as of Fall 2018, who will be enrolled, and who will continue to be enrolled during the entire award year (2018-2019 academic year), in a full-time graduate degree program at a member institution of the Environmental Consortium. [If you are an entering 1st year graduate or law student, you must be accepted into, and intend to attend in Fall 2018, a member institution and include proof of acceptance with this application.]
  • Demonstrate excellence and outstanding dedication to environmental conservation through a field of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department, such as: ecology; hydrology; conservation biology; fisheries, natural resource management; zoology; environmental studies, science, law or policy.  
  • Use scholarship funds to further applicant’s studies. The recipient will use this scholarship to further his or her studies, and after graduation consider employment in either the public or private sector furthering the cause of environmental protection and riparian habitat conservation for the benefit of all.
  • Based on a 4.0 scale, the applicant must demonstrate merit with a current 3.5 GPA in the environmental concentration courses and an overall minimum 3.0 GPA.  
  • Be a U.S. citizen.


About Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc.
The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. is a not for profit angling organization, founded on American fly fishing traditions, promoting stream and river protection and self-sustainable salmonid populations through conservation, environmental oversight, activism, catch-and-release practices, and education. TGF was founded in 1963 by a group of farsighted men who saw a great need to bring about an organization of sportsmen who would use their collective voice and resources to protect and conserve cold-water fisheries and riparian habitat in the greater Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and more recently Connecticut. The twenty-one founding members of TGF, many of whom are famous in their own right, were dedicated fly fishers and conservationists. They are:

Mr. Arnold Gingrich: Author, founding editor and publisher of Esquire Magazine, Director of RASA (Restoration of Atlantic Salmon in America), who fished with Charles Ritz, Charlie Fox, John Dos Passos, and Ernest Hemingway

Mr. Lee Wulff: Author, bush pilot, movie maker, creative fly tier, inventor, consultant to the American Sportsman TV program, world renowned salmon and trout authority, and the voice of conservation.

Mr. Joseph A. Pisarro: Communications Director for the National Council of YMCA's. President of TGF in 1965 and served three annual terms and also served as Secretary of TGF and as a member of the Board of Directors. He established the Arnold Gingrich Literary Heritage award and promoted TGF as a club, active in environmental conservation rather than as a social organization. He is now residing in Vermont.

Mr. Theodore Rogowski: Second President of TGF, Charter Trustee and Executive Vice President of the Federation of Fly Fishers, Senior Water Counsel Federal Water Pollution Control Agency and for the Environmental Protection Agency during the Nixon Administration. An author of the "Clean Water Act."

Mr. Donal C. O'Brien, Jr: Former Special Assistant and advisor to Governor Nelson Rockefeller and a great supporter of this fund,

Mr. R. G. (Ed) Zern: Humorist, writer, author, and conservationist. TGF's first President.

Mr. Keith Fulsher: Renowned fly tier and conservationist.

Dr. Ernest Schwiebert: Award-winning architect and author of more than nine books on the subjects of world sporting travel and trout and salmon fishing.

Mr. David Kramer: Attorney, author, and conservationist.

Col. Henry Siegel: US Army Retired, conservationist, and fly fisherman.

Mr. Walter C. Khem: Chief patent attorney for the Union Carbide Company, second Conservation Committee Chairman, and President of TGF for one term.

Mr. Donald Leyden: Noted artist, fly tier and speaker. Co-developed the TGF Arts of Angling program.

Mr. Richard P. Grossenbach: Artist, and specialist in portraiture. Co-developed the popular TGF Arts of Angling program.

Mr. Eugene Anderegg: Chief representative for Ernest Leitz Optics in the US. President of TGF for one term and a founder of the Federation of Fly Fishers and one of its early Presidents.

Mr. Erwin Edelman: Worked for Time Magazine, dedicated fly fisherman and conservationist. Helped establish The Rainbow Press. Now resides in Florida and is actively pursuing conservation issues and fly fishing in salt water.

Mr. Joseph Kleckner: A business broker who arranged for the sale and purchase of companies. TGF's first Business Advisor and Treasurer.

Mr. Stanley Bryer: A conservation attorney. First TGF Conservation Committee Chairman. Led TGF's early conservation and environmental involvements.

Mr. Eugene E. Kelly: Charter Member and dedicated conservationist and angler.

Mr. David H. Brophy: Charter Member and dedicated conservationist and angler.

Mr. Norman Miller: Charter Member and dedicated conservationist and angler.

Mr. Richard Robinson: Charter Member and dedicated conservationist and angler.

More information on TGF and its history can be found at: www.tgf.org