youth & adult environmental scholarships


Students at Audubon Youth Birding Camp in Maine. Photo: SMRA/Lewis Lolya.

Saw Mill River Audubon offers scholarships to youth age 13-17 and to adults to help underwrite the costs for a environmental camp, workshop or class.

Over the past 60 years, we have assisted over 150 youth and adults with scholarships. Our scholarships are not awarded on the basis of financial need but on the level of environmental interest shown by the applicant through coursework and/or extracurricular or volunteer activities. We are also interested in funding applicants who can demonstrate that they will apply their learning to benefit others in future environmental education and outreach.

Youth Scholarships
The Larry Light Memorial Scholarship Fund for Youth was established by the Light family and their friends in 1981 and has been strengthened over the years with additional gifts from our members and friends.

Our youth scholarship is for youth age 13 to 17 who wish to attend a summer camp, class or workshop with an emphasis on the environment. Examples funded in the past include: National Audubon youth birding camps, American Birding Association youth birding camps, an environmental study trip, high school science research trips, New York Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife camps, and Westchester County ecology day camps. The maximum amount of our youth scholarship award varies based on funds available.

Recent Larry Light Youth Scholarship Awards:

  • 2017: Max Kogut, National Audubon Youth Birding Camp, Maine
  • 2016: Mack Meller, National Audubon Youth Birding Camp, Maine
  • 2015: Eamon Freiburger, National Audubon Youth Birding Camp, Maine
  • 2015: Josiah Wiedenheft, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Camp
  • 2014: Alex Chin, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Camp
  • 2013: Anna Roberto, Minnesota Owl Banding Research Trip
  • 2011: Lewis Lolya, National Audubon Youth Birding Camp
  • 2010: Benjamin Van Doren, American Birding Association Youth Birding Camp
  • 2010: Sophia West, Fiji Marine Biology Study Trip
  • 2009: Kyle Bardwell, Costa Rica SMRA Birding Trip

Adult Scholarships
Adults interested in attending an environmental conference, class, camp or workshop are invited to apply for a Saw Mill River Audubon adult scholarship funded out of our annual operating budget. Adult scholarship awards are limited to a maximum of $500 per applicant per year.

Application deadline for both scholarships is January 31.

Scholarship Applications