Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship

Calaveras Big Trees Association

Grant amount: US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 15, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: California

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This scholarship is administered through a Fund created by the Hewitt family to honor Emily M. Hewitt and to honor a student who shared her love of nature. CBTA is proud to select and award this scholarship on their behalf.

Emily M. Hewitt was a California artist, author, teacher and docent whose life found meaning when communicating her love of Nature to others. To this end, she served as a docent at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, where she authored skits, monologues and audio-visual presentations for visitors. As a University of California and California State College educated teacher, she combined literature and the natural sciences to vibrantly present her lessons.

As the first woman mayor of the City of Oakdale, California, she fought for the preservation of agricultural lands on the fringe of urbanization, and established one of the first recycling centers in the state. As an artist, she captured the essence of the Sierra Nevada, the Pacific Coast, and the Sonoran Desert in oils, watercolors, fabric, clay and other media.

To provide a monetary award of $1,000.00 for a promising California upper division or graduate student, who has shown an educational and career commitment to the study of the environment, shows a commitment to communicate and interpret a love of nature, and an understanding of need to practice conservation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Student or graduate student enrolled full-time in an accredited California post-secondary educational institution.
  • Educational career goals clearly coinciding with Emily’s interest in communicating and interpreting nature’s wonder.


  • Students pursuing degrees in environmental protection, forestry, wildlife and fisheries biology, parks and recreation, park management, environmental law and public policy, environmental art, and California history are encouraged to apply.