Georgia AFS is proud to offer an annual scholarship program open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The Ronnie J. Gilbert Student Scholarship provides $500 to one outstanding student who is a member of the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society at the time of their application. College students who are currently pursuing an education that will allow them to seek careers that help improve, manage, and protect our aquatic natural resources are encouraged to apply.  However, students are only eligible to win a scholarship once per degree track (e.g. a student could win once as an undergraduate and once as a master’s candidate but not twice as an undergraduate). The winner will be expected to serve a one-year term on the scholarship and undergraduate travel stipend awards selection committee.

To apply for the Ronnie J. Gilbert Student Scholarship, please complete the application. Submit completed applications to both Donna McDowell ( and Rebecca Brown ( with the subject line “Ronnie J. Gilbert Student Scholarship Application.”  Application Deadline for Scholarship: December 13, 2022.

Ronnie J. Gilbert Application

Scholarship Essay Guidelines

Faculty Advisor Recommendation Form

Essay Scoring Rubric Student Copy


  • Answered all questions and answered both essays for the application
  • Provided advisor with the link for the faculty advisor form
    • The faculty advisor needs to complete the form and they must submit their form (using their school email address) to Donna McDowell and Rebecca Brown by the deadline.
    • It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure their advisor submitted the faculty advisor recommendation form.
  • Followed guidelines for writing essay responses
  • Submitted completed application to Donna McDowell and Rebecca Brown

Applicants should receive confirmation from either Donna McDowell or Rebecca Brown (or both) within 24 hours of them submitting their application.