larry light scholarship application


Grade Age

Please tell us about the program you want to attend

Larry Light Scholarship winners are expected to present a brief (5-10 minute) program at Saw Mill River Audubon's Annual Dinner the April following their experience.(We can make arrangements for the presentation to happen on another date if there is an unavoidable conflict.)

Tell us how you would use this program experience to benefit others after you return home.

Program Costs & Amount Requested


What is the maximum of other support you might receive?*


* We want to know the max amount your family might be able to pay AND/OR if you are getting additional support from elsewhere to help cover the program/transportation costs AND/OR if you are raising any money yourself to cover costs.

PLEASE NOTE: our youth scholarships are NOT awarded based on financial need but on the level of interest the student has shown in school and other activities.

Please have two adults who know you well send an email to to tell us:
  • How they know you and how long they have known you;
  • What they know about your interest in nature and the environment;
  • How they think you would benefit from attending this program; and
  • Anything else they want to tell us about you.

These adults should not be relatives of yours.
Be sure to send them information about the program you want to attend when you ask them to be a reference for you.
TIP: also copy and paste the four points above to give them an outline for writing your reference.
It would be good to have one of those adults be a recent teacher, if possible.

By sending this application, you are confirming that the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) are aware of this application and have given their permission for the student to apply for this scholarship and to attend the program to be funded by the scholarship.

Larry Light Youth Scholarships

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 65 years, we have assisted over 160 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.

For questions about our Larry Light Youth Scholarship program, contact our office.

Youth Banding Birds
Students banding birds at American Birding Association youth camp