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Support  Conservation and the Festival that we’ve come to know and love. 

 Community in Conservation Matching Fund

In 2019, the Waterfowl Festival awarded seed funding to an educational project on Delmarva through our “Community in Conservation” grant program. Use the button to the right to contribute matching funds to this valuable project.

University of Delaware – $3,750
UD’s field program “Promoting Waterfowl Hunter Education for New Adult Students” better connects today’s graduate students with tomorrow’s careers in Waterfowl Ecology. Today, many graduate students studying in this field the have never had the actual experience of hunting. These young adults are likely to become the future leaders in environmental resource management, with positions in academia, state agencies or federal service. How can they communicate with the hunters and landowners if they have never had the experienced the sport? Through this program, students are given the opportunity to gain their hunter education certification (via course material and gun safety training) as well as learn and discuss waterfowl identification, waterfowl policy, waterfowl habitat management, values structures associated with hunting, hunting dog training, and cooking wild game.


William A. Perry Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established by the Board of the Waterfowl Festival, in memory of one of the founders and former president, William A. Perry. Annual awards are made from the scholarship funds to students attending college and other institutions of higher learning, with the exception of post-graduate school. Students are eligible for consideration for scholarship awards by having volunteered significant time and service for the Waterfowl Festival.

2019 Winners

2019 Winners – Faith Whiteley, Chesapeake College; Grant Foster, Salisbury University; Sarah Morris, Hendrix College; Margaret Enloe, Executive Director – Waterfowl Chesapeake; Debbye Jackson, member of William A. Perry Scholarship Committee; Kevin Greaney, President of Waterfowl Festival; Ruby Grant, University of Lynchburg; Abigail Heinz, University of Maryland – Eastern Shore.

Not pictured – Chase Browning, Salisbury University; McKenna Browning, Delaware Technical Community College; Gwendolyn Stevenson, Stevenson University

Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible for a scholarship an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

1. Be a student in his or her senior year of high school that has been accepted for further studies by an accredited college, military academy or trade school, or be a high school graduate that is currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college, military or trade school and is a student in good standing.

2. The student must have volunteered his or her services for the Waterfowl Festival within the previous two (2) years, and must have performed/completed ten (10) hours of service during one Festival. Services may include those for which community service credit was received. However, volunteer efforts during the Festival period for organizations other than the Waterfowl Festival (such as food vendors) do not qualify a student for scholarship consideration.

3. Grades will be taken into consideration in scholarship awards. Students must maintain at least a B average (3.0 GPA) to be considered in the pool of scholarship funds available.

4. The maximum number of years that one may receive a scholarship is five (5) years.

5. The student must submit a completed application with all supporting materials to the Waterfowl Festival office by the deadline stated below.


Why Support Waterfowl Festival?

The mission of the Waterfowl Festival is not just to throw a big party! Although we are pretty good at that, we believe that:

  • Our communities and people are part of the environment; and they are the power behind creating thriving places and habitats.
  • We all share a love for the land, the waters and the ducks, geese and other water birds that are an iconic and integral part of our Bay’s heritage.

Your contribution will be helping us to fulfill our vision of people and communities, both now and in the future, who cherish the beauty of abundant waterfowl and thriving wetlands.

Thank you for your support!

Why Support the Scholarship Fund?

A gift to the Perry Scholarship fund is an investment in the education of the Festival’s youth volunteers. William A . Perry, one of the Festival’s founders, and his wife Betty were instrumental in the formation of the “Duck Sitter” youth volunteer program. Donations made directly to the scholarship fund provide support for annual awards made to student volunteers attending college and other institutions of higher learning. Funding for the scholarships also comes from the Waterfowl Festival’s Auction at the annual Premiere Night party, now known as the William A. Perry Scholarship Auction.

Contact us about contributing to the William H. Perry Scholarship Fund. Call 410.822.4567 or send us an email at