The Peace River Audubon Society Scholarship for Environmental Studies
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2020
The purpose of this award program is to encourage students from the greater Charlotte Harbor watershed region (Charlotte, DeSoto, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Lee, and Hardee Counties)* to pursue a degree in a field of study related to the environment. College students with professional goals to pursue conservation biology, wildlife conservation, zoology, or environmental education are invited to apply for the Peace River Audubon Society Scholarship for Environmental Studies. Up to two highly qualified college students will be awarded $1,000 each. Funds may be used for the educational institution’s tuition, books, supplies and equipment, or technical materials.
PRAS believes that recognition for excellence is vital to fostering a new generation of environmental stewards. To encourage students from Charlotte and Desoto Counties to pursue a degree in environmental studies, the PRAS Scholarship for Environmental Education was established in 2008, thanks to a generous donation from LaDonna Kennedy who, upon her passing, donated $5,000. Thanks to the generosity of donations from several members and others accumulated through PRAS’s yearly Bird-a-thon, the fund has gradually grown. However, without additional funds the award amount and frequency will be limited. It is our hope that this fund can continue to grow, thereby allowing for continued and additional scholarships. Please consider donating now and, like Ms. Kennedy, leaving a legacy by amending your will to include the PRAS Scholarship Fund. Your gift will be enjoyed in our community by generations to come. For more information contact us at scholarship1@PeaceRiverAudubon.org
To be eligible for the Peace River Audubon Society Scholarship for Environmental Studies, applicants must meet all of the following criteria.
- Resident of Charlotte, DeSoto, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Lee, or Hardee County, FL;
- Pursuing a degree pertaining to environmental studies;
- Junior or Senior status in an accredited 4-year institution;
- Currently enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more);
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 (of 4..0); and
- Have not previously received this scholarship.
Complete applications must be received by April 1, 2020. Please email all materials (preferably as a single PDF) to: scholarship1@
*Preference will be given to students from the Peace River Audubon Society focal counties (Charlotte, DeSoto) but due to the limited number of eligible students from these counties students from surrounding counties (Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Lee, Hardee) are encouraged to apply.
If you would like to help the Peace River Audubon Society’s effort to promote the next generation of ecological and conservation leaders by making a donation to its Scholarship Fund, please contact us at scholarship1@PeaceRiverAudubon.org.