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 the ABA membership as well as donations from our sponsors; Anne Andrews and Family, Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures, and Zeiss Sport Optics.

2022 Scholarship Application Forms will be posted when camp registration opens.

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 LibraryClaudia 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 on his interests in birding and encouraging young people, Mrs. Andrews and her family have been funding young birder scholarships through the ABA for many years. These special, need-based, scholarships are to help provide financial assistance to young birders, ages 13-18, for ABA events, such as the 2022 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 download and complete.
  • In your essay, add a short explanation about why you believe that you in particular qualify for the Andrews scholarship.
  • This scholarship award requires a follow-up letter to the Andrews family after your event concludes.

Your application form, essay and letter of recommendation must be postmarked or emailed by March 1, 2022. Your ABA membership must be up to date as well.

Submit completed applications by mail to:
ABA Young Birder Scholarships
93 Clinton Street #744
Delaware City, DE 19706
By email to: [email protected]

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are planning on attending an ABA Camp, please register as spaces go fast and put down your deposit and once the scholarship applications are awarded the scholarship funds will deducted from the balance or if you paid the full amount a check will be issued or your credit card refunded.