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Awards & Scholarships

CONCUR, INC. Scholarship, October 2023

Local business CONCUR, Inc. was founded in 1987 by environmental studies alumni John K. Gamman and Scott T. McCreary. CONCUR, Inc. specializes in combining environmental policy analysis with facilitation and mediation skills, to resolve complex disputes involving scarce or limited natural resources. This award is for up to $750 and it will be given to 1 graduate student and 1 undergraduate student.

Criteria, Application Materials:. Preference shall be given to students who have a demonstrated interest in or are pursuing studies in environmental dispute resolution. Awardee selection is based on academic merit as indicated by performance in classes and internships.

Kurt Grinnell Aquaculture Scholarship Foundation Acknowledgment, November 2023

The Kurt Grinnell Aquaculture Scholarship Foundation (KGASF) provides scholarships to enrolled members of U.S. federally recognized Tribes and members of Metis, Aboriginal groups and First Nations (“First Nations”) recognized by Canada. Our goal is to help Tribal, or First Nations students or prospective students pursue careers in Aquaculture by providing financial assistance for training and education. Ech year our goal is to award at least two scholarships with a minimum of $5,000 USD to each recipient. The number of scholarships and the amount of the awards is completely within the discretion of the KGASF. Brook was awarded a $1,000 USD scholarship because of an excellent essay but lack of financial need compared to other applicants. 

2023 California Arts Council Individual Emerging Artist Fellow, November 2023

Youth Speaks has been selected to administer the California Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship Program, which will regrant $740,000 among 35 California-based individual artists and culture bearers at the intersection of culture, ancestral and Indigenous practices, and multi-racial movement work. 

The Individual Artist Fellowship provides unrestricted funding and state-wide recognition to California artists at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contributions to the field and our state.  

Excellence, for purposes of this grant, is defined as an artist’s:

  1. Unique artistic vision

  2. Ongoing commitment to creative practice

  3. Engagement with and impact on the larger cultural ecosystem

$5,000 was awarded to Brook Thompson

2023 Yurok Tribe Salmon Festival Poster Winner, March 2023

The Yurok Tribe has a yearly contest to choose the poster for the Annual Salmon Festival. 

Ford Foundation 2023 Predoctoral Fellowship Competition, March 2023

The Ford Foundation Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Ford achieves these goals through a series of fellowships that span multiple stages of an academic career as well as mentorship, professional development, and an expansive network of alumni who enable peer support and community building. $81,000 was awarded to Brook.

The following will be considered in choosing successful applicants: 

  • Evidence of superior academic achievement

  • Degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers 

  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds 

  • Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level 

  • Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship 

  • If applicable, how experience as a member of an underrepresented group through discrimination, inspiration, resilience, etc. may inform participation in the fellowship

2023 Western Division American Fisheries Society (AFS) Small Project Grants, February 2023

Projects that further the mission and strategic objectives of the American Fisheries Society and the Western Division will be targeted for Small Project Grant funding.  AFS’ mission is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.  The Western Division endeavors to provide a forum for exchanging technical and policy information, promote understanding by regional, federal, and state policy-makers of the nature and extent of fishery matters of concern to the membership, facilitate timely exchange of information to chapters and the general membership, and provide a vehicle for the active participation of individual members in Society business and professional activities. $750 was awarded to Brook Thompson.

Co-winner of the ‘Re-engineering Glen Canyon Dam’ Contest, January 2023

Colorado River: As the Bureau of Reclamation’s Jan. 31st deadline looms for ‘fixing’ the massive problems on the Colorado River, three winners have been announced in the contest to re-engineer Glen Canyon Dam to reconnect the Colorado River through Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon. The contest, called “Rewilding The Colorado River” — at the website – was an outgrowth of the “Dam the Status Quo” contest sponsored by former Nevada State Senator and current Clark County Commissioner, Tick Segerblom.

The winning white papers were submitted by Brook M Thompson, M.S. Stanford University, Ph.D. Student UC Santa Cruz; Sarah Gerot, Geological Engineering Student at Colorado School of Mines; and by co-authors C. Crosby, C. Stultz, K. Pederson, N. Botvin.


Re-engineering Glen Canyon Dam to reconnect the Colorado River through Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon could have vast benefits to the ecosystems of Glen and Grand Canyons. Further, alternatives to Colorado River management that no longer rely on, or use, Lake Powell could negate the need to make large leases or purchases of farm water in the Upper or Lower Basin simply to try and save Lake Powell.


The “Rewilding the Colorado River Contest” is seeking engineering alternatives for Glen Canyon Dam that would allow for a “run of river” regime through or around Glen Canyon Dam with consideration to:


  • cost effectiveness

  • public safety

  • sediment flow

  • recreation

  • possible hydropower production

  • fish migration upstream and downstream

  • habitat restoration in Glen and Grand Canyons. 


The contest seeks white paper proposals (no more than 20 pages) that describe a technical approach, including cost estimates and drawings, to these challenges. The contest is open to engineering students and companies, as well as anyone who has an interest in rewilding and ecological restoration.


2022 Inaugural Wildlife Conservation Network Indigenous Scholarship Program Recipient, December 2022

The WCN Scholarship awarded our first class of scholars in 2007 focusing on individuals in Africa, Asia, and Central/South America. 2022 is the first year that we are expanding this opportunity to US-based Indigenous candidates. The WCN Scholarship program was founded to discover and nurture emerging young conservationists so they can one day take up the fight for wildlife.

WCN scholars are the future of conservation. These students are committed to working on wildlife conservation in their home countries. They are forward thinkers and out-of-the-box problem solvers, able to navigate the labyrinth of challenges they face protecting endangered wildlife with courage, optimism, stamina, and a nimbleness to adapt to constantly fluctuating political and cultural landscapes—always keeping an eye on the bigger picture. $20,000. 

2022 National Native Media Award, September 2022
Second Place for Print / Online of the Best Environmental Coverage Professional Division III for the article “The Familial Bond between the Klamath River and the Yurok People” through High Country News.

Stanford Native American Language Stipend, June 2022

Competive application to receive a $5,000 grant towards a Native American lanague project for Stanford students. 

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowships, June 2022
This is a five-year, state-funded, merit-based fellowship awarded on a competitive basis to first-year graduate students who have overcome significant social or educational obstacles to achieve a college education, and whose backgrounds equip them to contribute to intellectual diversity among the graduate student population. The Cota-Robles fellowship provides a stipend during the regular academic year of $24,000 plus payment of all university fees (except non-resident tuition) and a $4000 stipend for the summer quarters.


Environment and Policy Internships in California (EPIC), June 2021

The State of California is a leader in developing cutting-edge policies in response to climate change and other environmental and natural resource challenges – public policy efforts that other states, the federal government, and nations follow closely and seek to imitate. The Stanford Woods Institute identifies key state agencies and decision-makers who are addressing these pressing environmental issues to create exciting summer internship placement opportunities for Stanford students. 

My internship was at the California State Water Resource Control Board Office of Information and Management and Analysis (OIMA)


Stanford 52nd Powwow Poster Contest Winner, May 2022

The Stanford Powwow committee has a yearly contest to choose a poster for the annual Mother's Day Powwow which hosts over 10,000 attendees. 

Rising Environmental Leaders Program (RELP), March 2021

The Stanford Woods Institute is working to develop the next generation of environmental leaders through its Rising Environmental Leaders Program (RELP). This year-round program, initiated in 2011,  helps graduate students and postdoctoral scholars hone their leadership and communications skills to maximize the impact of their research. Participants also are extended professional development and networking opportunities, including introductions to global leaders from government, NGOs, think tanks, and businesses.

ASU-Leonardo Imagination Fellowship, November 2020

Fellowships support diversity, equity, and inclusivity in ArtScience creative practice and scholarly inquiry that amplify voices of underrepresented talent, including but not limited to people overcoming or living with experiences of forced migration, exile, systemic racism, incarceration, discrimination, disability, marginalization, environmental justice, and other vulnerable circumstances. 3 Fellows were selected from 249 from 75 countries. 

AISES 2020 Undergraduate Research Presentation, October 2020

Won Third Place for undergraduate research on combined PV-call and eco-roof systems with soil moisture.

United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) 25 Under 25 Award, May 2020

25 Under 25 Native Youth Leaders is a national program that celebrates the achievements of 25 outstanding Native youth leaders under age of 25, every other year. These Native youth leaders exemplify UNITY’s core mission and exude living a balanced life and developing their spiritual, mental, physical, and social well-being. This award acknowledges their passion for bettering their communities.


Dennis Washington Leadership Graduate Scholarship, January 2020

The scholarship provides financial assistance to Horatio Alger Scholars who have exhibited leadership, integrity, entrepreneurial skills, and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue graduate-level education. $120,000 over three years.

Undergraduate AIGC Student of the Year, April 2018

Was the inaugural student to win this award for the year 2017. The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is the largest scholarship provider to American Indian and Alaska Native students.

Richard M. Milanovich Fellowship, January 2018

The fellowship has two goals in mind: to prepare the next generation of leaders in Indian County and to honor and preserve the legacy of service and leadership of the late Tribal Chairman Richard M. Milanovich.

Undergraduate AIGC Student of the Month, September 2017

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) showcases a monthly student who displays excellence in academics and commitment to community engagement.

Sequoyah Fellowship, September 2017

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Sequoyah Fellows are recognized for their commitment to their STEM mission and the American Indian community and receive a $1,000 lifetime membership to AISES.


The Green Building Scholars, January 2016

A National Science Foundation Scholarship that awards $3,000 for interdisciplinary educational opportunities focused on reducing the environmental impact of buildings and increasing the number of students studying building science.


Eubanks Family Scholarship, September 2014

Selected by Portland State to receive a $3,400.00 scholarship based on academic merit.

Laurel’s Honors, September 2014

Selected by Portland State to receive a $6,000 award. Laurels Award is based on academic merit, financial need, and institutional goals for achieving student diversity.

Rose E. Tucker Honors Award, September 2014

Selected by Portland State to receive a scholarship based on academic merit.


Oregon Opportunity Grant, September 2014

A scholarship was awarded to 40,000 students. Oregon's largest state-funded, need-based grant program for college students.

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship August 2014

The Horatio Alger Association assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles to pursue their dreams through higher education. The program awards students with determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity and critical financial needs.


Gates Millennium Scholars Program, April 2014

The GMS program promotes academic excellence and provides an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial needs to reach their highest potential by developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating the successful completion of bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees.


Jim Thorpe Spirit Award, March 2014

Nike hosted a Native American field day at their campus, which hosted Native American high school students from across Oregon, and one student was chosen who demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship, and athleticism.


Stand for Children Beat the Odds Scholarship, October 2014

The Beat the Odds scholarship honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity in life to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their communities and aspire to attend college.


Various Travel Scholarships

Has been awarded travel, room, flight, and registration to:

  • Bioneers Cultivating Women’s Leadership Retreat, 2017

  • Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, 2017

  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society National Conference, 2016

  • National Conversation on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, 2015, 2016

  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society Regional 1 & 3 Conference, 2015


Declined Scholarships

  • QT2SBIPOC Youth Delegation to the COP26 UN Climate Negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland, 2021. Declined because of the inability to miss college classes. 

  • Finalist for the Ford Family Foundation Ford Opportunity Program. Declined to accept the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

  • Offered the Howard Vollum Scholarship. Declined to accept the Gates Millennium Scholarship. 

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