This new program for CSU students will provide tuition support, plus mentorship and hands-on learning opportunities related to conservation, storytelling, and film production.

During the Spring 2022 semester, selected students will be awarded $2,000 each and have the opportunity to learn a range of technical and artistic skills related to filmmaking and visual storytelling. Students will learn to work as a film crew with professional filmmakers and cinema equipment to produce, shoot, and edit a short documentary film.

Students will also meet and connect with members of Next 100 Colorado—a BIPOC coalition for and by the next generation of environmental leaders, working to build a more inclusive, equal, and just future. The theme of the film will be crafted collaboratively by the group and should, in some way, highlight BIPOC experiences related to conservation, environmental, and public lands issues.

Applications are now closed. Five students will be awarded the scholarship for the spring semester. 


This program has been designed by the CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation and Next 100 Colorado and is funded by the Gates Family Foundation. Questions may be directed to