Greater Yellowlegs
Hooded Warbler
Northern Shoveler
Black-bellied Plover
Broad-winged Hawk
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ring-necked Duck
American Goldfinch
Magnolia Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Northern Parula
Prairie Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Belted Kingfisher
Horned Lark
Hooded Merganser
Bobolink
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Hudsonian Godwit
Scarlet Tanager
Purple Martin
Horned Grebe
Black-and-white Warbler
Eastern Kingbird
Bay-breasted Warbler
Northern Saw-whet-owl
American Robin
Northern Harrier
Snowy Owl

 

Youth Camp Scholarship

 

Purpose:

The purpose of this scholarship is to help provide financial support for a young birder who would like to attend one of the following birding camps, for young birders, sponsored by the following organizations:

 

Hog Island Audubon Camp
http://hogisland.audubon.org/bird-studies-teens
http://hogisland.audubon.org/programs/teen-week-costa-rica

 

American Birding Association’s Young Birder Camps
http://events.aba.org/aba-young-birder-camps/

 

VENT Teen Birder Camps (SOLD OUT FOR 2018)
http://www.ventbird.com/birding-tour/2017/07/11/camp-chiricahua
http://www.ventbird.com/birding-tour/2017/07/29/camp-cascades

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birder’s Event
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/yb2017/

 

These camps fill-up quickly, so please check to be sure there is still availability

 

Funding:

In 2017, the PSO Annual Meeting managed to profit an amount that will allow for a $600 Scholarship. The amount of $600 was proposed, and voted on, with all in favor of funding a partial scholarship for a young Pennsylvania birder to attend a birding camp.

 

Applicant Criteria:

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

AGE- The applicant must be of the eligible age to attend the desired camp (see age requirement for the camp you desire to attend)

RESIDENCY- The applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident at the time of the application submission to the PSO

ESSAY- Each applicant must send an essay, which meets the criteria listed below, under “Applying for the Scholarship”

RECOMMENDATIONS - Each applicant must submit at least one recommendation, from an adult birding mentor, who can share with the committee why the applicant should be considered for the bird camp scholarship.

AGREEMENT- Each applicant must agree to write a short article, sharing their camp experience for the PSO Pileated newsletter. Applicants may also be asked to give a presentation during a PSO sponsored meeting.


Process for Review of Applications, and Winner Selections:

For the 2018 Scholarship, applications will be first evaluated by the PSO Education Committee.
The winning application will be selected by the PSO Education Committee, and the nomination for the winner will be sent to the PSO Board for approval.

 

Timeline

All applications must be submitted/postmarked no later than December 31st, 2017, unless otherwise stated by the PSO Education Committee (upon which, the date will be changed on the application, and notifications to the public will be made).

A winner will be selected by the PSO Education Committee by January 15th, 2018 (unless otherwise noted by the PSO Education Committee)

Announcement of the winner of the scholarship will be announced to the PSO Community, and beyond, shortly after the winner has been notified.

 

Applying for the Scholarship

1.    Provide your name, date of birth, address (email and mailing address), and phone number
2.    Write an essay, no less than 450 words, describing:
·    your interest in birds
·    any bird-related projects you are involved in (examples: Christmas Bird Counts, eBird contributions, other), and
·    why you are hoping to attend the teen birding camp/event.
3.    Have a birding mentor, or an adult who understands your interest in birds, send a letter of recommendation to the address below, no later than December 31st, 2017, which explains why you should be considered for the scholarship to a birding camp.

 

Entries for the scholarship must provide the above, sent in either email format, or, via USPS, to one of these addresses, postmarked by January 15, 2018.


Ms. Holly Merker
PSO Education Committee Chair,
520 Baintree Run
Downingtown, PA 19335

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