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Applications for scholarships are open as of January 1, 2014.

The American Birding Association provides scholarships to help young people who are interested in birds to attend summer camps, workshops, training programs, conventions and other bird-related activities. The funds for our scholarships come primarily from donations from ABA members and donations from sponsors.

Your personal camp application form, essay and letter of recommendation must arrive by May 1, 2014. Send your application to Young Birder Scholarships/American Birding Association, 1618 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

Richard E. Andrews Memorial Scholarship

Richard E. Andrews, a long-time member of the ABA, was particularly interested in studying birds, identifying them in the field, and encouraging young people in their endeavors. Carrying out his wishes, Richard's wife Anne, and their children, generously donated his extensive collection of books about birds and birding to the ABA library, now the Richard E. Andrews Library, Claudia Wilds and Ted Parker Memorial Collection, for the birding community to enjoy. In addition, the 2004 publication of the ABA Birder's Field Notebook Manual was underwritten by the Richard E. Andrews Memorial Fund.

In honor of Richard E. Andrews, and to carry out his interests in birding and encouraging young people, Mrs. Andrews has been funding young birder scholarships for many years. These special, need-based, scholarships are to provide financial assistance to young birders, ages 13-18, for ABA events, such as the 2014 Young Birder Camps, which they otherwise could not attend.

To apply for a Richard E. Andrews Memorial Scholarship:

  • Please review the ABA scholarship instructions on how to apply for an Andrews Memorial Scholarship.
  • Select the “Richard E. Andrews Memorial Scholarship Application Form” to complete.
  • In your essay, add a short explanation about why you believe that you in particular qualify for the Andrews scholarship.

Your application form, essay and letter of recommendation must arrive by May 1, 2014, at Young Birder Scholarships/American Birding Association, 1618 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-4029