Wildlife student scholarships in Tanzania
The Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) is committed to conservation of the natural resources in and around Tanzania’s wildlife reserves and protected areas. Part of our mission is to promote environmental education that will support Tanzania’s natural resource management. We do this by supporting the education of future leaders and managers of Tanzania’s wildlife and natural resources.
In the last few years, FCF has expanded its student sponsorship program to support students in higher education for training in diploma and degree programs in wildlife management and conservation.
The extensive conservation areas of Tanzania cover a total of 242,000 square kilometers, or 28% of Tanzania’s total land area. Tanzania has incredibly vast natural resources and protected areas which require good control especially under pressure from increasing populations and growing demand for natural resources such as timber, game meat and ivory. There is a tremendous need to educate good leaders in the field of wildlife management and conservation who will play a critical role in determining the future of wildlife and conservation in Tanzania.
One of the colleges we send our students to is the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka. Following the Arusha Manifesto in 1961, which emphasized the importance of Tanzania’s natural resources, the College of African Wildlife Management was established in 1963 as a pioneer institution for the training of African wildlife managers. Since this time, the College has been a leader in providing quality wildlife management training in Africa, and has trained over 4000 wildlife managers from 28 African countries and 23 non-African countries.
The sponsorship program has three components:
Identification of students with scholastic merit who demonstrate financial need;
Sponsorship of all school and individual expenses; and,
Follow-up and monitoring of each student’s progress to ensure a high success rate.
Before implementing a project, we carefully look at the impact at the grassroots level. The sponsorship will enable the students to continue their studies and to enter the field of wildlife management and conservation. It will be an investment in the future of conservation in Tanzania.
FCF would like to give a special thank you to the Dallas Safari Club for its continued support of this program.