We just received this good news for high school students:
The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch is pleased to announced that thanks to the continued sponsorship of Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery and Restaurant the scholarship programme will continue for 2017. A $500.00 scholarship will be made available to the winner of the competition once the winner provides a letter indicating successful registration at a post-secondary education institute. Should the winner not be in Grade 12 the winner will receive a promissory note for the scholarship once the student attends post-secondary education. Applicants are asked to register by March 15, 2017. Applicants will be required to attend a minimum of 8 hours of observation at the hawk watch at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby. Applicant will be required to submit a 500 word essay on aspects of hawk migration that the student observed and learned about at the hawk count. Students also have a choice of submitting a project instead of an essay related to hawk migration. The essay or project must be submitted by June 1.
Applicants do not need to have prior experience with identification and counting of hawks. Students should have a keen interest in nature and must be willing to learn about hawk migration and identification. Students will be required to visit Beamer with a guardian and attend the hawk count on at least two separate days to gain their hours in the count season between March 15 and May 1. 40% of the score will be based on student evaluations by the official hawk counters. 60% will be based on the essay or project. The hours can be counted towards the 40 hours of community service required by high school students. Students are encouraged to attend the hawk watch for more than the required minimum of 8 hours to take full advantage of the educational opportunity.
Students interested in applying should contact:
Bruce Mackenzie, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org