Tuesday, July 23, 2013

OOS Offers Scholarships to Youths

OOS Offers Scholarship to Youths

The American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society have extended an invitation to high schools students to attend their joint meeting and symposium being held in Chicago, Illinois, Wednesday, August 14 through Saturday, August 17, 2013, hosted by the Field Museum of Natural History.  The Ohio Ornithological Society will be offering two deserving high school students a registration scholarship to attend.  Cost of transportation and lodging is not included.  The recipients will be chosen for their interest in birding and bird conservation and hopefully their desire to go into the field of ornithology. Candidates must complete an OOS Scholarship Application  and submit the Board of Directors of the Ohio Ornithological Society.  Candidates must be an Ohio resident and be enrolled in an Ohio high school.
The Thompson Family Youth Scholarship Fund was created in 2007, when a “one of a kind” baseball hat was auctioned off at our Third Annual Conference.  We raised over $250 and earmarked the proceeds towards a Young Scholarship Fund.  The Board of Directors dedicated the fund to the Thompson Family in 2010 in honor of the family that has devoted their lives to the birds and to the birding community.  In 1978, the Thompson family embarked on an incredible journey when Bill Sr. and his wife Elsa founded Bird Watcher's Digest, which was based in the living room of their Marietta home for the first five years. They launched the magazine by sending out 35,000 copies, which garnered about 2,500 - 2,800 initial subscriptions. The first issue was printed in black and white, and featured almost all reprints of bird-watching articles obtained from a clipping service, but immediately the magazine began receiving submissions of original material.
Over the years the Thompsons have been actively involved in the birding community across the country and around the globe.  This scholarship fund will help the Ohio Ornithological Society foster young people who are interested in birds to attend summer camps, workshops, training programs, conventions and other bird-related activities.  Funds will be used in honor of the entire Thompson family for their dedication in sharing the joy and amazement of birds.
The joint meeting will include symposia and plenary talks that look at exciting new approaches and results across the entire history of the avian tree and how that may project ahead in time. Chicago lies at the crossroads of the continent and the meetings take place at a watershed time for North American ornithology.
- See more at: http://www.ohiobirds.org/site/news.php?News_ID=59#sthash.RUgkPV1P.dpuf