Scholarship & Charity Challenge is new in 2023!

The first $1,000 match is already pledged by Diamond Supporter, Sandy Creek Partners.

Other Supporters are given the opportunity to make a pledge to match donations from attendees with updates being shared as the scholarship and charity funds grow!

75 to 100% will be directed to scholarships with an option of up to 25% to a charity designated by the Supporter who is pledging or be directed to a donor’s charity of choice or to a local charity selected by NMEMC.

Support scholarship and charities with a donation during registration and watch it grow with a match from a Supporter’s pledge!

Donations and Pledge Matches will be shared on our website and via emails and social media.

Scholarships can be for In-Person or Virtual Participation.
Early Consideration Deadline is January 15, 2023.
Final Deadline for Applications is March 1, 2023

NMEMC offers three scholarship categories (NMEMC Fund and two Founder Awards) of which applicants may apply.

NMEMC Scholarship Fund

The Fund helps those who are unable to cover some or all costs of participation at NMEMC, and typically provides for the registration fee but also considers additional needs based on level of funding available.

Established many years ago by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Scholarship Fund is supported by EPA, NMEMC Supporters and Attendee Donations to help support full and partial scholarships to NMEMC.

Priority is given to tribal communities, state and local governments, but is also open to academia and nonprofits – to those who are seeking to learn more about mitigation banking, mitigation and ecological restoration markets, carbon, water quality and other related environmental markets.

We understand the importance of bringing in diverse perspectives to the dialogue and education that NMEBC provides, and in assisting those new to environmental banking and markets in establishing their own programs to better their community and environment.

Thanks to EPA and all those supporting scholarships listed below.

Judith F. Taggart Founder’s Awards

Both awards provide for travel and registration. Created in honor of the founder of NMEBC, Judith Ferrell Taggart (1931-2015), the JFT Award(s) is provided each year in recognition of Judy’s contributions to the conservation and restoration of our natural resources.


Awarded to someone who demonstrate a vision for conservation and restoration of natural resources through collaboration among diverse stakeholders, the importance of government and business working together for the good of the environment and economy, and the value of balance in education and outreach.


Awarded to a student or young professional studying or working on ecological and climate solutions in economically disadvantaged communities.

Judy led with a balanced approach to education and outreach
, convened diverse stakeholders to connect and learn from each other, brought business and government together for the sustained good of the environment and economy .

Judy mentored students and young professionals across geographic and cultural boundaries to be the best at their chosen career.

Judy was an editor and writer, a journalist, college English teacher, entrepreneur and successful business owner. in addition to being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. A primary editor of NEPA, Judy also created the first outreach materials on nonpoint source for EPA, helped establish the first watershed conference, American Wetlands Month and Audubon’s America, the North American Lake Management Society and the Terrene Institute, and served as a delegate to the RAMSAR convention among other accomplishments, including the creation of the popular EnviroScape® models throughout the U.S. and abroad.



NMEMC 2023

May 8–11, 2023
Jacksonville, Florida


Mar 31On-Demand Call
OngoingRegister Today

SUPPORT the scholarships by making a donation during your registration and watch it be matched by a Supporter’s pledge! Your logo will be placed here with your website link. Sign up Today!