NANPA HSSP Application Details

Application deadline is now February 14, 2020!

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.


December 13, 2019: Applications Open
February 14, 2020: Application Period Closes
March 13, 2020: Scholarship Recipients Notified by Committee
July 6-11, 2020: Program in Tremont, TN

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to email NANPA Membership Director Teresa Ransdell.

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 6 – 11, 2020 and must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors in high school, or having just recently graduated high school in 2020.

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:


The entire application must be completed at one time. You cannot save your work and complete it later. Applicants are encouraged to download a copy of the application, formulate responses and paste them into the online application when answers and required images are all ready for submission.


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. (download a PDF copy of the photo specs/instructions) 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 Teresa Ransdell at the NANPA office for assistance.


One letter of recommendation must be submitted from 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.

This letter should be uploaded as part of your application process so ask for it in advance and plan to include a PDF copy of the letter with your online application.

Application period closes February 14, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.