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.
The William A. Perry Scholarship Program was established by the Board of Directors of the Waterfowl Festival in memory of one of its principal founders and former President – Mr. William A. Perry.
ADMINISTRATION: Administered by the Festival’s Scholarship Committee, a Scholarship Application may be submitted by high school seniors who will be attending an accredited College/University, Trade School or, by students enrolled in accredited graduate or post-graduate degree programs.
ELIGILIBILITY: Only students who volunteer significant time and service to the Waterfowl Festival during either the annual November Waterfowl Festival or, during the year or, who provide valuable assistance in development and participation in Programs sponsored by the Waterfowl Festival, are eligible for scholarship consideration. Volunteer and Program work by any Applicant must have occurred within not less than 2 years prior to submission of a Scholarship Application.
CONDITIONS: While the Festival’s Scholarship Committee reserves the right to change the ELIGILIBITY and CONDITIONS at any time, the principal conditions that an APPLICANT MUST SATISFY are:
FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERISM: At a minimum, only Scholarship Applicants who have completed at least ten (10) hours of service during either the November Waterfowl Festival or during the year, e.g., assisting office staff or other Waterfowl Festival related work, are eligible to apply. Credited service hours may also be recognized for other environmentally focused activities. Graduate students may also receive credited service hours for assisting or participating in Waterfowl Festival sponsored Programs.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Must be a Senior in good standing and enrolled in an accredited high school and has been accepted for further studies in either an accredited college or trade school.
COLLEGE & TRADE SCHOOLS: Must be enrolled as a student in good standing in an accredited 2- or 4-year college program or trade school.
GRADUATE SCHOOL STUDENTS: Must be enrolled as a student in good standing in an accredited graduate school program with degree focus and curriculum emphasis on environmental/research matters affecting the environment.
GRADES: Grades and extent and type of course-load curriculum will be taken into careful consideration. Applicants must have at least a B cumulative average (3.0 GPA)
SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS: As long as a student is attending an accredited college or university and, is in good standing, the student may re-apply annually provided the Applicant has not previously received more than five (5) Scholarships.
SUBMISSION PROCESS: By no later than April 30 of each CY, eligible students interested in applying for a Scholarship must submit a fully completed Scholarship Application with all supporting documentation to the Waterfowl Festival’s office.
All completed Scholarship Applications and supporting materials will be carefully evaluated by the Scholarship Committee. However, because the total annual scholarship funds in the Program often change, not all qualified applicants may receive a scholarship.
Applications are due April 30, 2023.