The family and friends of David “Burney” Dunn established a scholarship fund in his memory following his tragic death in 1994. Burney was a graduate student in wildlife biology and did his research on the relationships of lynx, hares, and habitat on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Southcentral Alaska. Burney had a long-term interest in conservation education and in dealing with the public, especially youth, in regard to conservation issues. He had a strong interest in working with less fortunate people in urban environments and intended to work in this area following completion of his graduate work. In establishing the David Burnett Dunn Memorial Award, it was the desire of the family that funds be awarded to a graduate student with similar interests in wildlife biology and ecology but also with interests in broader societal issues and community affairs.

To be eligible, a student:
• Must be a full-time graduate student in the Biology and Wildlife Department at UAF
• Must be in good academic standing
• Must be conducting or planning to conduct a field study on an Alaskan wildlife population
• Must have accrued a strong record of academic achievement in biology or wildlife biology
• Must have a record of undergraduate or other involvement in social issues

Use of Funds: Funds may be used for expenses related to field research, including transportation, supplies, equipment, software, or to pay an undergraduate technician. If the latter, applicants are encouraged to employ a freshman majoring in Wildlife Biology and Conservation or Biological Sciences, and who comes from an urban environment.

Please submit this application only once; for priority consideration submit it by the first review date of January 22, 2018.

If you have questions about this scholarship or your application, please contact the UAF Scholarship Coordinator at or 907-474-6228.