A black phoebe

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society scholarships help young conservationists take wing

The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring three scholarships of $500 to help young conservationists with tuition, lab fees, or other educational expenses during the Fall 2021 semester.

The Audubon Society State programs, nature centers, 463 chapters and national/international partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people.  The mission is to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action.  Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive.

Applicants for the college scholarship must be between 18-24 years of age and enrolled in a recognized academic institution relevant to the mission of Audubon, with proof supplied in the application. Membership in SFVAS would be a strong positive factor, but is not absolutely necessary. Applicants must submit evidence of current work (within last 12 months) on a project to promote conservation, ornithology, or climate change prevention and education. The applicant must reside within the catchment area of SFVAS within the last 12 months. Please check the SFVAS website for catchment listing (sfvaudubon.org), and be ready to provide proof of residence (e.g., water/power bill).

Scholarship recipients will be expected to write a short article for the SFVAS Newsletter, Phainopepla, and to join a panel presentation to SFVAS General Membership (over Zoom) on their work and professional ambitions. They will also be expeted to attend at least three SFVAS regularly scheduled outings, and to work the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird count and Birdathon activities.

Applications and questions should be sent to Marianne Davis at m54wdavis@gmail.com by Oct 15, 2021; notice of awards will be sent out by November 30.

Image: A black phoebe, one of the common songbirds of Southern California (Flickr: Maggie Smith)