Funding and Scholarships

IAN offers a variety of funding opportunities for members and students. Scroll through this page to learn more.

IAN Scholarships

IAN has established a scholarship program to help defer the costs of workshops and increase professional development. These scholarships are available to all current members whose attendance would otherwise be limited due to financial restrictions.

This scholarship is a reimbursement and applicants can be awarded up to $150. Recipients must verify with a copy of the workshop receipt to itemize how funds are applied toward registration and accompanied meals. Funds are not to be applied toward payment of college credit, membership fees, or any travel expenses.


  1. Applicants must be an IAN member.
  2. Student applicants must provide a signature endorsement from a Guidance Counselor/Natural Resource Professional/Advisor/Professor.
  3. Applicants must state career goals.
  4. Selection of the recipients is based on the applicant's ability to explain the relevancy of the workshop to their career/professional goals.

The application deadline is 30 days prior to the start of the scheduled workshop. The Scholarship Committee will make its decision and notify the applicants no later than 15 days prior to the start of the workshop.

Anyone interested in applying for a scholarship and meeting the above requirements should contact:

Faith Hunt


The Joe Halbur Scholarship

The Joe Halbur Scholarship is awarded to students who plan to further their education in programs of environmental education, cultural interpretation, historical interpretation or outdoor recreation. This year IAN is offering a $1000 scholarship. Application deadline is March 2nd of each calendar year. Announcement of the recipient will be made by April 2nd of that same year.

Inquiries and application materials may be obtained from:

Lora Kanning
Interpretive Naturalist
Cass County, IA
Cass County Conservation


Wilderness Trip Scholarships

The Wilderness Trips Scholarship Committee has $500 annually to assist Iowa Youth who plan to attend a wilderness trip led by an IAN Member.  Youth ages 14-18 are encouraged to apply for these scholarships that may range from $50-$500.  Scholarships will be paid directly to the agency offering the trips to be used as payment for the trip.

Questions may be addressed to:

Emily Herring
Marshall County Conservation
2349- 233rd Street
Mashalltown, Iowa 50158

Office: 641-752-5490
Cell: 515-290-5187


For more information, contact the Executive committee: