Delores and Jerry Etter Graduate Research Scholarships

  • Goal:  The purpose of this program is to provide scholarship support to M.S. and Ph.D. students who will be working on research related to the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.  (The Preserve is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.  Photos below by Harvey Payne: “Monarch of the Prairie” and “Greater Prairie Chicken”.)
  • Scholarships:  New scholarships of $10,000 each are available to be awarded.  Selected students will be notified on May 1, 2024.  The funding will then be paid directly to the student’s institution and can be used through August 2025.  Each awardee will be asked to provide a research report summarizing the results of the year ending in August 2025.  The intent is that these scholarships will provide one year of initial funding for graduate students seeking to identify and develop research projects.
  • Applications:  The online application is available here through the Tulsa Community Foundation webpage between February 1st and March 31st.  An application needs to include the following items:
    • The student’s description of planned research, its relationship to the Preserve, and the University Professor that is guiding the research.   Field work within the Preserve is desired but not required.
    • An official transcript showing the completed graduate coursework, grades, and the overall GPA.  Also include copies of official transcripts of coursework for undergraduate degrees.
    • A letter from the University Professor confirming an ongoing collaboration.
  • Selection:  Selection will be based primarily on the expected impact of the research project to the Preserve.  A range of topics across areas, departments, and universities is also desired.  The selection will be made by a small committee that includes Tulsa Community Foundation staff, current/prior academic professors, and current/prior Preserve staff.

Should you have any questions, please contact  Tulsa Community Foundation Program Officer Jessica Sisemore at