Thanks to the generosity of Middlebury College and also many donors and former Bread Loafers who have contributed over the years, the conference is able to award a limited number of $500, $750, and $1,000 scholarships, as well as at least three full scholarships. 


The intent of scholarships is not only to support promising emerging writers but to broaden the community of nature and environmental writers to ensure that nature and environmental writing as a genre represents the relationship between people and nature regardless of race, ethnicity, geography, or socioeconomic standing.

Apply for a Scholarship

A financial aid section is included near the bottom of the online application. Applicants interested in applying for financial aid should complete that short section and submit a statement of 500 to 800 words to be considered along with the strength and quality of the application itself. Those applying for a scholarship are asked to describe how their participation in the conference will add diversity to the community of voices concerned with nature and environment, and also addressing their financial need. Though the merit of the application carries the most weight, the applicant’s financial aid statement is also considered.

Though it’s possible for a former financial aid winner to apply again in a subsequent year, please note that the admissions board gives preference to first-time financial aid applicants.

Middlebury College Student Contributor Awards

Special awards are made available to current Middlebury College students and also in some cases for recent Middlebury College graduates. See more information for Middlebury College Students.