NANPA HSSP Application Details

Application deadline extended to March 30, 2018!

Participants will be selected through a competitive application program. If selected, student scholarship winners are responsible for a $175.00 registration fee and their transportation to and from the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Tennessee.*

The scholarship covers all other program costs, including events, lodging, food, local transportation and photo instruction. The program will be based at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT), a non-profit resident environmental education center in the heart of the national park (learn more at

• Scholarships for the registration fee and for transportation may be available for students in need of assistance. Please contact the Program Coordinator (below) for more information.

Application Timeline:

January 1, 2018: Applications Open
March 30, 2018: Applications Close (Deadline extended)
April 20, 2018: Scholarship Winners Notified by Committee

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to email Program Coordinator Kika Tuff at

Additional Information and Eligibility:

Since there are a limited number of positions available in these popular programs, a student may receive only one scholarship between both the high school and college programs.

Applicants must be between ages 14 and 19 during the program dates of July 2 – 7, 2018 and must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors in high school, or having just recently graduated high school that year.

Scholarship students must pay for their own transportation to and from Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Tennessee and a $175.00 registration fee for the program.

Application Requirements:


Each applicant must submit 10 photographic images that best demonstrate his/her efforts in nature photography. Each image should include a title and brief caption about why the image was made and/or selected for submission. We recommend that you write your responses in a Word document and save it before going online.


You must complete the application form before submitting your images. After you click Submit, you will be directed to the image upload page. The image files must be JPEG (jpg) format, with a maximum resolution of 800 X 600 pixels at 72 ppi. Maximum file size is 256k.

Remember to prepare ALL your images BEFORE starting the online application. You will not have an opportunity to go back and upload them later.

On the upload page there will be instructions and space to upload your images. For each image:

  • Click Browse to select the image from your computer, enter (paste) the title, and the brief descriptive paragraph about why the image was made and/or selected for submission.
  • Click Submit Image to upload each photo.

After you have completed all photo entries, click Finalize Submission to complete the application process.

If you have difficulty uploading images or the digital process is not available to you, please contact Susan Day at the NANPA office for assistance.


Two letters of recommendation must be submitted by a mentor, teacher, coach, activity leader or other adult who can attest to your qualities and experiences, such as interpersonal skills, willingness to share, sense of responsibility, creative expression, photographic endeavors, and any environmental issue involvement.

Please make sure that the student’s contact information and the writer’s contact information (name, address, day & evening telephone #’s, email address) are both included in the recommendation.

Letters of recommendations must be sent directly to the NANPA office either by e-mail to Program Coordinator Kika Tuff ( or by postal service to the address below. (Note: It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the recommendations are sent to the NANPA office before the deadline date.)

NANPA Office Address for Letters of Recommendation:

Via email to Kika Tuff <> (preferred)

— OR —

6382 Charleston Road
Alma, IL 62807

Phone: 618-547-7616

Application DEADLINE EXTENDED: ALL materials must be submitted online through the NANPA website, no later than March 30, 2018 (Midnight, Eastern Time).

Letters of Recommendation DEADLINE: These must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 30, 2018.