Wenatchee River Salmon Festival
Natural Resources Scholarship


Stay tuned for scholarship opportunities in Spring of 2023!

Supporting the next generation of stewards

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Natural Resources Scholarship (previously the Nancy Duree Natural Resources Scholarship) is awarded annually to a student pursuing higher education in natural resources (i.e. fisheries, forestry, wildlife, botany, geology, soil sciences, watershed sciences, ecology, and environmental education/recreation).

In 2020, the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival and Friends of Northwest Hatcheries committed to increasing the scholarship level from $1,000 to $1,500 and the support continues today.

A Living Legacy

This scholarship was started in honor of a past core team member who was dedicated and devoted to the educational mission of the festival, Nancy Duree. Nancy received her education in wildlife management from Humboldt State University. She loved the outdoors and her hobbies included birding and wildflower identification. She was a member of the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Core Team for years dating back to its inception in 1991. During many years of the festival, she coordinated both the Gyotaku (fish printing) and the Giant Fish Aquarium. Nancy believed strongly in the values of high quality natural resource education for people of all ages.


Applicants must attend high school in one of the following Washington State counties to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Chelan County
  • Douglas County
  • Grant County
  • Kittitas County
  • Okanogan County
  • Yakima County

Students must have attained a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.5 and have been accepted to an accredited two-year or four-year college or university by the time the scholarship is awarded (typically around May). The funds will be sent directly to the school financial aid office and dispersed as the school requires.


The deadline to apply for the 2023 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Scholarship is Friday, April 21, 2023. Please download, complete, and return the application following the included instructions. If you missed it this past year/cycle, applications are available annually at the beginning of the new year. Good luck to all the students and thanks for taking an interest in natural resources!  

Click the button below to download the scholarship application.