Scholarship Opportunities

2023 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2023 Conservation Education Scholarship winners, Abbey Wolfe and Nolan Brahosky. Abbey Wolfe of Loganton, PA is attending Colby College and majoring in Biology with a focus in Ecology and Evolution. Nolan Brahosky is from Greensburg, PA. He is attending Frostburg State University and majoring in Geography and Earth Sciences. We wish them the best in their futures.

KECA/Seneca Resources Company LLC Scholarships

Environmental Education Scholarships provided in partnership by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and Seneca Resources Company, LLC.

Students who reside in Pennsylvania who are currently in their senior year of high school will have the opportunity to earn one of three $1,000 scholarships provided by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and Seneca Resources Company, LLC. The amount of $1,000 is awarded once to the scholarship recipients. In order to be eligible for these educational scholarships, students must be accepted to attend a college or secondary vocational/trade school. They must also be majoring in or pursuing a career in an environmental field. (including but not limited to: Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Earth Science, Education, Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Botany, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Sustainability, Parks and Recreation)

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio that includes:

– A typed essay (300-500 words) written in paragraph format about personal experiences and accomplishments in their lives that have inspired them to pursue the environmental field of studies, attributes they possess that will benefit them to be successful working in the environmental field, and the importance of this field of study to our future. Include a cover page with name, address, phone number, and high school attended.

-A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s former or current high school teacher.

-A copy of the letter of acceptance from the college/secondary education school that will be attended by the applicant.

This student portfolio should be submitted electronically to the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Education Department at

The recipients of these scholarships will be chosen by a panel consisting of KECA staff, KECA educational committee members as well as representatives from Seneca Resources Company, LLC.

Applications will be due by June 30th and the recipient will be selected by August 1st.

Ben Porkolab, KECA (Keystone Elk Country Alliance) Conservation Education Coordinator adds, “Seneca Resources Company, LLC. has been a significant partner of KECA and key supporter of our conservation education department for many years.  With monies from both the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and Seneca Resources Company, LLC. these scholarships will be awarded to deserving Pennsylvania high school seniors each and every year. Students who pursue careers in conservation are passionate about the well-being of our natural world. KECA believes in supporting those who embrace conservation and the enhancement of Pa.’s elk country for future generations.”

KECA is a 501©(3) non-profit Conservation Organization headquartered at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, PA. More information can be found at

Seneca Resources Company, LLC, the exploration and production segment of National Fuel and Gas Company, explores for and develops natural gas and oil reserves in the Appalachia region. Additional information about Seneca and National Fuel Gas Company is available at

Contact: Ben Porkolab, Conservation Education Coordinator



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