Debra McRae Scholarship Fund


Support Future Environmental Leaders

Friends of Wehr Seek Donations to Support Scholarship Fund

"I am so excited for this scholarship and feel deeply honored to have my name associated with it. It blends together my two passions of the environment and education. Today more than ever we need to educate young and old about the importance of a healthy earth for our survival and well-being.” - Deb

Apply for the Debra McRae Environmental Studies Scholarship.

Applications are due by April 15, 2024.

Two $1500 scholarships will be awarded in the 2023/24 school year.

To be eligible for the Deb McRae Scholarship for Environmental Studies, applicants must:
• Be a graduating high school senior who has been accepted as a full-time undergraduate degree-seeking student at an accredited 4-year college or university
• Be a current resident of Wisconsin
• Be pursuing a major in a field related to the environment (such as, but not limited to, environmental science, environmental education, environmental engineering, sustainability, natural resources, wildlife conservation, and environmental policy)
• Exhibit dedication to the environment through community service activities and extracurricular involvement



Friends of Wehr Seek Donations to Support Scholarship Fund

Honoring a Lifetime of Service by Supporting the Next Generation

The Friends of Wehr is seeking donations to support the Debra McRae Scholarship Fund for Environmental Studies. This fund was created to honor Debra McRae, Wehr’s third director, upon her retirement in 2020 after 30+ years of teaching the next generation to love and protect the earth.

The first Debra McRae Scholarship was awarded in the 2021/22 school year. The Debra McRae Scholarship for Environmental Studies is given annually to a graduating high school senior attending a recognized institute of higher education to pursue a degree in environmental science, environmental education, sustainability, or a related field. A committee of Wehr Nature Center staff and Friend of Wehr board members judge applicants based on criteria such as a student’s involvement in environmental-focused clubs and activities, coursework, and volunteer service. The scholarship recipient is announced in May and is invited to attend a FOW board meeting to receive their award.  The scholarship will be at least $500 but may be higher based on the number of donations we receive for the fund.

Donating to the scholarship fund is the perfect way to honor and thank Deb for the extraordinary leadership she has given to Wehr AND support the next generation of environmental leaders. Donations to the scholarship fund are completely tax-deductible and can be made by clicking the button below or by mailing a check to the Friends of Wehr with “Scholarship fund” noted in the memo. Thank you for your support!