Grants and Scholarships

Currently, SFVAS is offering two generous scholarships for young bird enthusiasts. One is for attendance at the Hog Island Audubon Camp for students between the ages of 14-17, the other for attendance at the Western Field Ornithologists National Conference [CANCELLED] or for college-enrolled birders from 18-24. 

The National Audubon Society organizes multiple camp experiences each year at Hog Island Audubon Camp. Located in Central Maine, Hog Island spans 330 acres of conifer forest, surrounded by the Muscongus Bay.  The Audubon Society has set up a series of rustic cabins, which serve as a camp and a research station.  Many birders and ornithologists visit Hog Island every year for a wonderful experience. Click HERE to see their many marvelous programs. Applicants can specify which program they’d like to attend, with the understanding that not every program will have openings.
Lodging is included at the camp, but travel to the camp is not. Total funding is $1500. Applicants must provide evidence of ability to secure travel funding for the camp session.

The 2020 Western Field Ornithologists National Conference for this year has been postponed until next year, 2021. Check here for updates.

The conference includes scientific presentations, workshops, field trips, expert panels on conservation and ornithology, and social activities.  Students will enjoy an opportunity to meet with professionals, amateurs, and organizational staff engaged in conservation, education, and a variety of programs. Click HERE for more details about the conference.
The scholarship includes conference registration and a ticket to the banquet. Total funding, $1500. Travel to, and lodging in, Reno is not included, and evidence must be supplied of ability to secure appropriate funding.

Applicants must submit evidence of current work (within last 12 months) on a project to promote conservation, ornithology, or climate change prevention and education. This should be accompanied by a brief personal essay describing the importance of birds, their habitat and the threats they face. College applicants should include their career goals and how this scholarship will support those goals.

Applicants must have resided within the catchment area of SFVAS* within the last 12 months. (Membership in SFVAS’s Young Birders Group for 6 months qualifies.)

Minors: before applying, make sure your parents are on board and understand that SFVAS does NOT assume legal responsibility for minors during the Hog Island camp session or during travel to and from the camp. They will be required to sign a release/waiver if you are awarded a scholarship. Parents accompanying Hog Island campers will be responsible for all financial aspects of their attendance.

Successful applicants will be asked to write up their experience in a brief article for our newsletter, The Phainopepla, and make a presentation at one of our general meetings.

The neatness and clarity of applications will, of course, be a factor in our consideration.

If, after looking over the programs and the requirements for submission, you feel one of these scholarships is a fit for you, please apply to SFVAS as soon as possible. Apply by email to Marianne Davis at and Alexander de Barros at . Any questions you have about the WFO Conference should be directed to Marianne; questions about the Hog Island Camp should be directed to Alexander.

The submission deadline for both these scholarships is APRIL 30, 2020.  Applicants will be notified no later than May 10, 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you.

*SFVAS service area includes Acton, Agua Dulce, Arleta, Bell Canyon, Burbank, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Castaic, Chatsworth, Crescenta Highlands, Encino, Forest Park, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hidden Hills, Lake Balboa, Lake view terrace, North hills, North hollywood, Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama city, Porter ranch, Reseda, Santa Clarita , San Fernando, Stevenson ranch, Shadow hills, Sherman oaks, Studio city, Sunland, Sun valley, Sylmar, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Tujunga, Valley glen, Van nuys, Valley village, Val verde, Warner center, West hills, Winnetka, & Woodland Hills. Applicants from other areas will be considered if they have been attending SFVAS Young Birders walks for at least 6 months before the application deadline.