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Maryland and D.C. groups create scholarship for Black and Latinx birders

The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership announced this week that it has established an annual scholarship for Black and Latinx birders of Maryland and Washington, D.C. The scholarship’s purpose is to increase the number of Black and Latinx people studying environmental or biological sciences. The new fund is unlike any other in the Maryland and D.C. area because it is for birders seeking higher education. Here is information about the scholarship in Spanish.

An independent committee of Maryland and DC birders and bird conservationists was formed with the intention of developing a scholarship fund that would benefit Black and Latinx birders in any year of their undergraduate studies. The committee is now part of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership and is actively fundraising to increase the amount of each award. Committee participants include members from the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership, Maryland Ornithological Society, Audubon Naturalist Society, and DC Audubon Society.

Two scholarships will be awarded each year. Scholarship awards range from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $5,000, depending on funding for the current year. The intent of the committee is to establish this scholarship for decades to come in support of birders studying in the fields of environmental or biological sciences. Learn more here.

Ornithological groups offer free memberships to Black ornithologists

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