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NANPA High School Scholarship Application Overview

Students with instructor
Photo by Lou Nettelhorst

From its inception, NANPA has been dedicated to teaching the next generation of nature photographers. To that end, the NANPA High School Scholarship Program (NHSSP) has already presented scholarships to more than 150 creative students who have attended NANPA Annual Summits in the past. To continue this legacy, NANPA will select ten more students to attend the Nature Photography Summit presented by NANPA in San Diego, CA in 2015.

Student on Field Trip
Photo by Mac Stone

Each year's group of ten scholarship recipients will attend regular NANPA Summit programs, participate in field workshops designed specifically for them, and receive special photographic instruction from a variety of nature photography and publishing professionals. Students will gain awareness, appreciation and concern for the natural environment, and improve their skills and confidence in the art of nature photography. This will be accomplished through classroom and field instruction, as well as personal interaction with some of the world's best-known and highly skilled nature photographers. The images which students photograph during field work are critiqued, edited, and used in a slide presentation for all attending NANPA members to view on the Summit's final day.

Student with instructor
Photo by Lou Nettelhorst

Mature high school students who demonstrate a serious interest in nature photography should consider applying for one of these scholarships. Eligible students must be 14 years old by June 1, 2014, but not yet 19 as of February 28, 2015. The scholarship covers all lodging, airport shuttles, field trip transportation, the Summit registration fee. Transportation to and from the Summit location is the responsibility of the student and his or her family.

There are two articles relating to NHSSP that appeared in Nature's Best Photography magazine - one in the Spring 2006 issue, titled, "NANPA Lights the Path for Future Nature Photographers" and the other appeared in the Summer 2004 issue, titled "Focus on Tomorrow". The articles highlight the benefits and rewards of the scholarship program.

NANPA spends more than $2,500.00 per student to develop and operate the scholarship program. We invite you to make a contribution to help support the program for future students.



Application Process:

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, complete the following four application sections and submit them no later than Nov. 30, 2014 (Midnight, Eastern Time). Please note that a NANPA member must nominate each applicant. Click on the SECTION TITLE below to access instructions. If a student is unable to submit his/her application through the NANPA website, please contact the NANPA office or call 618-547-7616 to make other arrangements. To assist in Internet access, computers are available at local schools, libraries and/or a full service business copy center, such as Kinko's.

  • NANPA HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM
    Each applicant must provide personal contact information, list his/her photography equipment, and respond to the essay questions.

  • TEN (10) PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES
    Each applicant must submit ten photographic images that best demonstrate his/her efforts in nature photography.
    Prepare your image submissions BEFORE starting the online application! Images must be submitted electronically. See PHOTO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS below for details on how the images are to be prepared and submitted.

  • NOMINATION
    A NANPA member must nominate each applicant. The member does so by completing the Nomination Form in the Members Only area of the NANPA website. Student applicants who do not know a NANPA member should contact the NANPA office for assistance in connecting with a member.

  • LETTER(S) OF RECOMMENDATION
    In addition to the nomination, at least one letter of recommendation, but no more then two (2), must be submitted by a teacher, coach, activity leader or other adult who can attest to your qualities and experiences, such as interpersonal skills, willingness to share, sense of responsibility, creative expression, photographic endeavors, and any environmental issue involvement. See more details below.
Student on Field Trip
Photo by Mac Stone
Students: This is an opportunity of a lifetime! Don't miss your chance to attend the Nature Photography Summit presented by NANPA! If you have any questions, contact the program chair, Mac Stone.

NANPA HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

Each applicant must provide personal contact information, list his/her photography equipment and respond to the essay questions.

To avoid losing valuable information while online, we recommend that applicants first answer the essay questions in a separate saved document on their computer. When completing the online form located on the NANPA website, those answers then can be copied and pasted into the appropriate section and edited as necessary. Please note that attempting to copy and paste from Word or other full-fledged word processors can introduce formatting errors into the online form, therefore we recommend using NotePad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac) as your source for copying and pasting your answers into the form.

Also, be sure to prepare your ten photo submissions (described below) BEFORE starting the online application process.

If you are ready to begin the online application process, go to the bottom of this page and click on the button, "Begin Online Application Process".

TEN (10) PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES

Each applicant must submit ten photographic images that best demonstrate his/her efforts in NATURE photography. Each photo should include a title and a brief descriptive paragraph about why the image was made and/or selected for submission. We recommend a saved document for this text as well, before going online.

PHOTO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You must complete the application form before submitting your photographic images. After you click Submit, you will be directed to the photo upload page. The image files must be JPEG (jpg) format, with a maximum resolution of 800 X 600 pixels at 72 ppi. Maximum file size is 256k.

Remember to prepare ALL your images BEFORE starting the online application. You will not have an opportunity to go back and upload them later.

On the upload page there will be instructions and space to upload your images. For each image: 1) Click Browse to select the image from your computer, enter (paste) the title, and the brief descriptive paragraph about why the image was made and/or selected for submission. 2) Click Submit Image to upload each photo. After you have completed all photo entries, click Finalize Submission to complete the application process.

If you have difficulty uploading images or the digital process is not available to you, please contact Susan Day at the NANPA office, 618-547-7616 for assistance.

NOMINATION

A NANPA member must nominate each applicant. The member does so by completing the Nomination Form in the NANPA Members Only area of this website. If you do not know a member, you must use the current Program Chair's name in that part of the application.

After a member agrees to serve as a nominator, direct them to the NANPA "Members Only" area of this website (www.NANPA.org) for online completion of the form. If it is not possible to submit the form through the NANPA website, it may be mailed to the NANPA Office via the postal service (see address below).
(Note: It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the nominator that the nomination form is sent to the NANPA office before the deadline date).

NANPA Members go to the Members Only Area to complete the form.

LETTER(S) OF RECOMMENDATION

At least one letter of recommendation, but no more than two (2), must be submitted by a teacher, coach, activity leader or other adult who can attest to your qualities and experiences, such as interpersonal skills, willingness to share, sense of responsibility, creative expression, photographic endeavors, and any environmental issue involvement. Within the recommendation, sent directly by the writer to the NANPA office, the student's contact information must be included along with the writer's contact information (name, address, day & evening telephone #'s, email address). The recommendation must be sent to the NANPA office either by e-mail (preferred) or by postal service to the address below. (Note: It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the recommendation(s) are sent to the NANPA office before the deadline date.)

Rules for Letters of Recommendation: Each High School student must have a NANPA member nominate them for the scholarship, if they do not know a member, they must use the current Program Chair's name in that part of the application.

- If a student does not have a member nominate them, they are required to have 2 letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.
- If the student does have a member nominate them, they must provide at least 1 letter of recommendation from someone other than the nominator. They cannot use the recommendation statement from the nominator as a letter of recommendation.

NANPA Office Address for Letters of Recommendation:

Via email to Mac Stone
-- OR --
NANPA
6382 Charleston Road
Alma, IL 62807
USA

Phone: 618-547-7616

Nomination and Application DEADLINE: ALL materials must be submitted online through the NANPA website, no later than Nov. 30, 2014 (Midnight, Eastern Time). Refer to "Application Process:" above if there is difficulty or the digital process is not available.

Letters of Recommendation DEADLINE: These must be emailed or postmarked no later than Nov. 30, 2014.

An impartial panel of NANPA members will select the scholarship recipients based on their qualifications. Applicants and nominators will be contacted with selection results.

Notice: Scholarship applications are no longer being accepted for the 2013 scholarship program. Please check back in June, 2014 to use forms for the 2015 scholarship program.


 

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