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Bedford Audubon Offers Marty McGuire Scholarship

The Bedford Audubon Society has announced the availability of the Marty McGuire Scholarship.
The Bedford Audubon Society has announced the availability of the Marty McGuire Scholarship. Photo Credit: File

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Bedford Audubon is accepting applications for the 2015 Marty McGuire Scholarship for students 14 to 18 years old and living or studying in the communities served by Bedford Audubon in Westchester and Putnam counties.

The scholarship is given in honor of Marty McGuire of Putnam County, who died in a car accident in 2007. McGuire was an active and enthusiastic young birder filled with a love of nature.

“It is critical that we cultivate the next generation of conservation scientists. Investing in young people fosters tomorrow’s leaders — the people that will make breakthrough discoveries and create the public policies to further protect habitat and natural resources,” says Janelle Robbins, executive director of Bedford Audubon. “I look forward to receiving many wonderful applications for the Marty McGuire Scholarship.”

In addition to living or attending school in a community that Bedford Audubon serves, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The student plans to study environmental science or a similar field at the collegiate level; and the scholarship may be put toward tuition or books.
  • The student is currently or previously engaged in environmental research or environmental studies at their high school; and the scholarship may be used to purchase equipment and materials for the project.
  • The student is currently participates or previously participated in community service related to conservation; and the scholarship may be used to support those endeavors.

The deadline to apply is May 18. The application is available from local high school science department and will be available at www.bedfordaudubon.org/McGuire-Scholarship-2015.pdf . Up to $1,000 may be awarded to one or more applicants. The scholarship will be awarded at Bedford Audubon’s June 13 lecture at the Katonah Village Library. To find out if your community is served by the Bedford Audubon, see www.bedfordaudubon.org/area .

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