The Merrymeeting Audubon Board of Directors recently voted to name its scholarship program after Chuck Huntington, a professional ornithologist and long-time friend and mentor to birders around the world. Chuck, who passed away in January of 2017, was the founder of the Merrymeeting Chapter and an avid supporter of its camp scholarship programs.
The Chuck Huntington Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for chapter area teens and teachers to attend Hog Island Audubon Camp, and for younger students to attend the Univeristy of Maine 4-H summer camps at Tanglewood and Bryant Pond. All programs are in one week residential settings. We provide full and half scholarships to 25-30 students each year. Half scholarships range from $200-300, full scholarships from $595-$1295. Applications for scholarships are made available to area schools in February of each year, and are also available for downloading on this page beginning in January. For more information about our scholarships, please contact any of the following scholarship committee members: Bronda Niese, Chairperson – 406-2396, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sue Sergeant – email@example.com, 442-8195; Ted Allen –firstname.lastname@example.org, 729-8661; Kathy Claerr – email@example.com; Steve Spear – 353-8863, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding the camp programs we support, go to hogisland.audubon.org, or call 843 340-8673 and ask about programs for Teens or, if you are a teacher, Educator’s Week. For children ages 8 – 14, you can review the variety of programs available at Tanglewood 4-H Camp by accessing https://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood, or by calling 207 789-5868. For Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, go to https://extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond or call 207 665-2068.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to our scholarship fund, please send your check to: The Chuck Huntington Scholarship Fund, c/o Steve Spear, 9 Livernois Drive, Topsham, ME 04086.
Chuck Huntington Scholarships are now available for one high school student and one elementary or middle school teacher to attend programs at Hog Island National Audubon Camp in Bremen. The teen offering, entitled “Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens,” is an intensive six-day camping experience in which participants will study woodland and coastal bird species. The program runs from June 24 – 29. The scholarship will cover the full cost of $1295. The teacher education program, entitled “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week,” will be offered from July 15 – 20. This experience is designed to help teachers who want to improve their environmental education curriculum. The half scholarship will provide $550 of financial assistance. For more information regarding either program, click on the appropriate application below.
Chuck Huntington Scholarships for 4-H campers will also be available soon. Check back for an application in February.