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Fish and Hang Scholarships


Scholarship opportunity

The iFishiBelong Fish and Hang Scholarship Program is designed to support individuals passionate about fishing but facing financial challenges that may impact their ability to participate in Fish & Hang events. We recognize the importance of diverse perspectives in building a united and inclusive angling community and aim to help eliminate financial barriers that may hinder attendance.

What's Covered

In 2024, we’ve significantly expanded our event scholarships. We’re proud to announce a total of 20 scholarships, with 5 scholarships available at each event location.

  • North Carolina
    • One primary scholarship covering registration, 4 nights camping at Headwaters campground, NC fishing license, the “Independent Angler” workshop, and $250 for travel. 
    • 4 scholarships will cover the costs of registration and 4 nights of camping fees at the Headwaters campground.  
  • Oregon
    • One primary scholarship covering registration, a spot in the group campsite at the Maupin City Park, an Oregon fishing license, the “Fishing the Deschutes River” workshop, and  $250 for travel.
    • 4 scholarships will cover the costs of registration and a spot in a group campsite at Maupin City Park.
  • Montana
    • One primary scholarship covering registration, camping at Beaver Creek for 3 nights, a fishing license of your state of choice or Yellowstone National Park, and $250 for travel.
    • 4 scholarships will cover the cost of registration and 3 nights of camping fees at Beaver Creek.   
  • New York – Scholarship Opens 6/1/24 – 6/30/24


Eligibility Criteria

  1. A person who, for any reason, has experienced a barrier and/or lack of access or opportunity to explore the sport of fishing.
  2. Committed to being part of an inclusive fishing community and embodying ethical, responsible fishing practices as defined by tribal and government regulations.
  3. 18 years or older.

Liability and Photo Release

Scholarship recipients must complete a liability and photo release form, which will be included in the scholarship award email. Throughout the Fish and Hang events, iFishiBelong will capture numerous photos and videos to celebrate, promote, and uphold the belief that fishing is inclusive for all. The scholarship sponsors are also committed to enhancing diversity within the fishing community. To achieve this goal, we actively share media across all our platforms featuring individuals from diverse backgrounds, not just the predominant fishing culture. Additionally, we will provide a media folder that you can utilize on your platforms.

Application Process

  • To apply, please share your story, including answers to the following questions on the provided Google Form listed below.
    • Scholarship Questions – 
      • In 200 words or less, please describe what fishing means to you personally. How has fishing impacted your life, values, and perspectives?
      • In 200 words or less, please describe a challenge you’ve faced in your life. How are you dealing with it?
      • iFishiBelong believes that all people should feel welcome to explore angling opportunities. In 200 words or less, can you tell us more about how you can support this vision of inclusivity?
  • Fill out the scholarship application form HERE.

Award Process

  1. Scholarship applications are to be submitted through the iFishiBelong Google Form.
    1. Scholarship Form Link –
  2. Scholarship Application is open from 3/1/24 – 3/31/24.
  3. All applicant information will be compiled anonymously by an iFishibelong Team member not on the Scholarship Selection Team on 4/1/24.
  4.  The Scholarship Selection Team will meet virtually to discuss the anonymous applicants  4/5 – 4/9/24.
  5. The Scholarship Committee Lead will contact the scholarship winner on 4/10/24 to let them know they were the scholarship winner and share all event details.
  6. The Scholarship winner will be announced on 4/12/24.

The Scholarship Selection Team comprises of individuals from the iFishiBelong Team, TroutRoutes, United Women on the Fly, and Ubuntu Fly Anglers.  Email us at [email protected] with any questions.

Scholarship Sponsors