Scholarship Programs

Applications are now available for our 2022 scholarships.  Please be aware that the applications must be submitted by March 15, 2022.

The June Ficker Hog Island Scholarship for Educators (July 17-22, 2022)

Departing on dory from Harbor Island. By Stephen Kress.

Departing on a dory from Harbor Island

The June Ficker Hog Island scholarship assists an educator or community leader who wishes to participate in a one-week summer program on famed Hog Island. We seek a participant who will benefit from the Hog Island opportunity and use the experience to teach others in York County. The YCA scholarship will pay 70% of the recipient’s cost for program tuition, room, and board.  The application deadline is March 15th.  The scholarship was re-named in 2014 to honor June Ficker, who served on the York County Audubon Board and as its Education Chair from 1979 till 2014, and led the bird banding program at the Wells Reserve for over twenty years.

The Maine Young Birders Club (MYBC) Hog Island Scholarships for Teens

Two Scholarships are being offered:

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1)  Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens  

MYBC, in conjunction with York County Audubon and Friends of Hog Island, is sponsoring a scholarship for Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens.  This intensive 6-day, 5-night program on Hog Island allows enthusiastic young birders to work with some of the country’s best-known birders and ornithologists on field identification, bird ecology and conservation. This program includes the unique opportunity to see Audubon’s seabird restoration work in action, and visit Eastern Egg Rock during the puffin breeding season (weather and sea conditions permitting). The program runs from June 19th – 24th, 2022.

The scholarships will pay 100% of the recipient’s cost for program tuition, room and board.   Applicants must be 14-17 years old to attend.  The application deadline is March 15th.

2) Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens

MYBC is seeking a young birder to participate in a birding program for teens on Hog Island  and Borestone Mountain in June/July of 2022. MYBC and York County Audubon are pleased to offer this scholarship.  Applicants must be 14-17 years old to attend.  The application deadline is March 15th.

The program is entitled “Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens” and will run from June 26 through July 1sth. This intensive 5-night program will cover boreal to coastal bird species in Maine.  We will spend part of the week at Maine Audubon’s Borestone Mountain Sanctuary looking for northern maine bird species.  The remaining part of the week we will stay on Hog Island and explore the coast for shorebirds, nesting species, and puffins!  A service component will be included during the week so that teens can be hands-on and a tour of the Mad River Decoys by Audubon will be provided, including a paint-your-own decoy activity. Teens will learn about conservation projects around the world and see how decoys are produced to bring back species. An emphasis will be placed on creating field notebooks throughout the week.

Program details and descriptions are available at https://hogisland.audubon.org/programs/mountains-sea-birding-teens .  This scholarship covers 80% of the total cost of $1690. The applicant will need to cover 20% ($338) of the cost.  In return for this scholarship we ask that the recipient write a short summary of their trip and what they learned.

Application 2022 Scholarship_Mountains to Sea for Teens

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