NNSCI Dennis Laczynski Scholarship Program

Since 2001, Northern Nevada Chapter of Safari Club International has provided scholarships to numerous undergraduate students attending the University of Nevada, Reno, an affiliate or a major college in the area that supports the mission of the Northern Nevada Safari Club International. The chapter's scholarship committee makes all annual scholarship selections based on student achievement, need and their contributions to Nevada's wildlife. Most scholarship students major in wildlife management or a closely related field, but we've awarded scholarships to pre-med students, education majors and others who have contributed to Nevada's wildlife and sportsmen and who indicate a desire to continue those efforts.

The Scholarship is named in memory of Dennis Laczynski, former NNSCI Vice President who tragically lost his life in an ATV accident in June of 2014. Dennis, originally from Braddock, PA moved out west in the early 70’s. He immediately fell in love with the unique landscape and called Northern Nevada his home. Whether hiking, fishing or hunting, Dennis, spent much of his free time “in the hills baby!” His desire to share this experience with others fueled his passion to encourage women to get involved in outdoor sports. Annually, he would rally even the most timid ladies, inspiring them to attend the various shotgun clinics and bird hunts throughout the years. He volunteered much of his free time educating and mentoring the youth on proper gun handling skills and hunting ethics at the various youth events he helped to organize each year. Dennis’ impact to the hunting community will continue to be exemplified in the recipients of the NNSCI Dennis Laczynski Scholarship Program.

Questions regarding the scholarships should be directed to Cory Jares – at (775) 378-9863 or email Cory at

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2017 Application

Students interested in applying should fill out the application below and return no later than October 31, 2017 to:

Northern Nevada Chapter of Safari Club International
4790 Caughlin Pkwy, PMB 227
Reno, NV  89509


2015-2016 Recipients

Jessica (Jessie) Johnston - I am so thankful for the scholarship and feel greatly honor! It is going to be a big help in helping me reach my dreams and goals.

Madison (Madi) Stout - I'm majoring in both Wildlife Conservation & Ecology as well as Rangeland Management & Ecology. With these degrees, I plan to pursue a career as a wildlife biologist!  I am so thankful for this generous scholarship that I have received from this amazing organization. I couldn't pursue this dream without you!

Dylan Arnold - I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the NNSCI Dennis Laczynski scholarship program. Thank you for your generosity, which has allowed me to further my college course in Environmental Engineering.

Joe Bennett - Undergraduate degree awarded in 2013 from the University of Nevada Reno in wildlife ecology and conservation management . Master’s degree will be awarded December 2015 from South Dakota state university in range management.