Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

2017 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award Winners

The  Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award winners for 2017 are Makayla Giles, Almonte and District High School (Almonte) and Andrew Van Campen, Notre Dame Catholic High School (Carleton Place). Both students received these awards in May of this year and are currently pursuing post-secondary studies in an environmental/science related field.

The MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards are awarded annually to local graduating high school students set to “become the environmental leaders of tomorrow” with acceptance to post-secondary studies in a field related to the natural environment.”

The awards, named for award-winning naturalist, and retired Councillor and educator, Cliff Bennett, were established by Cliff’s friends as a gift to him and to honour his contributions.  Since 2007, more than $11,700 has been awarded to eighteen students, who have gone on to college and university in programs including ecosystem management, environmental engineering, zoology, fish and wildlife management, and others.

If you are a student, or know a student, who wishes to apply for this award next year, please check back next May for 2018 application information.