Bonnie Ott

The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) awards ecology or ornithology scholarships to Maryland teachers and naturalists for summer workshops at the National Audubon Society’s camp on Hog Island in Maine. Each award covers the cost of tuition, room and board for an extensive five- or six-day course of study and instruction in ornithology, ecology, conservation, and natural history.  Travel arrangements and costs are the recipient’s responsibility.

Multiple scholarships may be awarded annually.  These workshop selections are listed on the 2023 Scholarship Choices document.

Scholarship recipients must work with young people.  Teachers, camp counselors, park rangers, naturalists, and others who make nature education a part of their careers are eligible.  Applicants need not be members of MOS, but must be endorsed by a chapter officer or a member of MOS.  Please refer to 2023 Scholarship Fact Sheet for more information

If you are approached by an applicant for a recommendation, you will (from the Scholarship Fact Sheet) “contact the applicant to discuss their interests and background and then write a recommendation. It is very helpful if the letters of recommendation cite specific, relevant activities, accomplishments, or projects in which the applicant was involved, in addition to personal qualifications.”

You may also contact the Scholarship Chair directly:  Scholarship Chair.

A 2023 Flyer is available for you to post or email it to others.