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ABC Humane Wildlife Academic Scholarship – Women In STEM

pigeon reb (1)At ABC Wildlife, we believe diversity is critical in every scientific field from biology to chemical engineering. While women represent 48% of the American workforce, they make up only 13% of engineering professionals and a mere 7.2% in the field of mechanical engineering. Overall, women are critically underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

As a woman-owned corporation operating in a largely male field, we understand the remarkable impact women can have. We want to pave the way for other women pursuing their dreams in the scientific world, which is why ABC Wildlife is introducing a scholarship designed to increase the number of women studying and influencing the future of science, including technology, engineering and math.

Essay Prompt: Why are you passionate about science, technology, engineering, or math, and how will your pursuit of these fields help preserve biodiversity, improve the health of our planet, or alleviate human suffering?

To apply: Please send your essay response in 1000 words or fewer to The subject line of your submission must include “Women in STEM Scholarship.” You do not need to be a United States citizen to apply. This scholarship is open to persons who identify as female. Graduate and undergraduate students enrolling or continuing in STEM fields of study at accredited universities in the 2020-21 academic year are welcome to apply by the July 1, 2020 deadline.

One (1) award of $1,000 will be granted to the top essay submitted, and up to nine other students may receive awards for their submissions. Funds may be used for tuition, academic projects, medical expenses, housing, living expenses, transportation, or other education-related costs. In addition to your essay, please send proof of enrollment and one letter to serve as an academic reference. Both proof of enrollment and the letter of reference are due by July 1, 2020.

This scholarship was created by Urban Wildlife Manager Rebecca Fyffe, an entrepreneur who is unique in her industry as a female business owner, as only 3% of pest control & management firms are owned by women. Fyffe credits her business acumen and cutting edge research-based methods to her STEM background and wishes for more women to have the opportunity to engage STEM programs and science-based education.


To apply for the scholarship, applicant must be a student currently enrolled at a college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in the United States.

  • Applicants must be studying or planning to study the fields of science (excluding social sciences i.e. economics), engineering, mathematics, or technology.
  • If the applicant or the applicant’s parent/legal guardian is employed by ABC Wildlife, Inc. at the time of award, the student is not eligible for the scholarship. Eligibility of finalists will be verified before winners are selected.
  • Applicant must include “Women in STEM Scholarship” in the subject line of the submission email. (submission to be sent to

Description of Scholarship Funds

The selected first-prize winner will receive a one-time $1000 educational scholarship. Funds are provided by ABC Wildlife, Inc. Payments issued by ABC Wildlife, Inc. are made payable to the student. Additional prizes, up to nine (9), may be issued at the discretion of ABC Wildlife, Inc.

Selection and Announcement of Winners

Winners will be selected by the ABC Wildlife team after the deadline of 7/1/2020. Applicants are judged on quality and thoughtfulness of entries. The winners will be announced on or before 7/15/2020.

College/University Approval

The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.

Digital Rights Agreement

By submitting an entry to this competition, you agree that all essay and image submissions will become the property of ABC Wildlife, Inc., and may be used in marketing materials and reposted or displayed online in whole or partial form without notification.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the essay about?
    Essay Prompt: Why are you passionate about science, technology, engineering, or math, and how will your pursuit of these fields help preserve biodiversity, improve the health of our planet, or alleviate human suffering?
  2. What should the subject line of my email submission say?
    Applicant must include “Women in STEM Scholarship” in the subject line of the submission email.
  3. What would suffice as proof of enrollment?
    A letter of acceptance from a school. A transcript (official or non-official). A housing letter. Other documents deemed acceptable by our screener.
  4. What would suffice as a letter to serve as an academic reference?
    A letter from a professor from a past or current program of study. A letter from the leadership of an academic program or institution. A letter from a coach or advisor attesting to differentiating qualities about the applicant.
  5. Where do I email my submission?
  6. Where can I read more?
  7. How do I know if my major is a STEM major?
    If your major is on either of these two lists, it’s STEM.
    Please consult this list:
    or this list:
  8. How can my academic reference send a letter to you directly, so that I don’t see it?
    Your academic reference can email the letter to, and our screener will match it up with your essay and proof of enrollment. That said, we give the same weight to letters that you send us, so either way is fine. You can send it to us, or your reference can send it to us directly. Don’t be concerned about what subject line the provider of your letter uses. We’ll find it.
  9. Does my letter of academic reference have to be from a teacher whose class I took?
    We’ve received successful letters of academic reference from anyone who can tell us how a student has differentiated herself. Letters have come from teachers, tutors, lab supervisors, mentors, people who run volunteer organizations, principals, deans, coaches, 4-H Judges, and more.
  10. Will you accept applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2020?
  11. When will the winner be announced?
    The winner will be announced on ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention Inc.’s Facebook page on or before July 15, 2020. We will also email the winner directly.


About ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc.:

We humanely manage urban wildlife and insects in the interest of human health and safety from an environmental sustainability perspective with a love of nature and a deep respect for all living things. ABC Wildlife has offered humane wildlife removal services to the Chicagoland area for over 40 years.

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  1. abigial dawn craddock January 27, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I really hope this scholarship is still available when I graduate next year, reading all the information on this made me want to pursue coming a marine biologist even more to help all the animals living in the ocean and keep them safe! Women can do anything if we try.

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