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2018 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards


Spring is the time for the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) to award the annual Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award/s to the environmental leaders of tomorrow!

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists are seeking graduating high school students who want to “make a difference” in meeting the environmental challenges of the future. The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary is offered annually to assist graduating high school students who will pursue post-secondary studies in a field related to the natural environment.  One or more bursaries of $1000 will be awarded this year to deserving students from our area.

The Bursary is named for Cliff Bennett, a founding member of the MVFN.  It was established in 2007 by Cliff’s many friends on his 75th birthday, to honour his life-long contribution to nature education with a legacy. To date, $12,700 has been awarded to 18 students graduating from high schools in Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, and Dunrobin who have gone on to studies at colleges and universities across the country.

To be eligible, a student must be graduating from a high school in Lanark or West Carleton (or must confirm individual or family MVFN membership) and be accepted into a 2018-19 college or university program related to nature and the environment.  As well as academic achievement, the Committee will consider an applicant’s involvement in issues related to the natural environment.  Previous recipients have actively promoted environmental awareness through school projects and volunteering.

Past winners of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award have pursued post-secondary studies in ecosystem management, environmental engineering, and zoology. Others have followed their passion in environmental stewardship by studying fish and wildlife management or biotechnology.  “I am honoured and pleased that the Bursary helps encourage young people to seek training that will help them to become environmental leaders tomorrow”, says Cliff Bennett.  “I consider it an investment in the future of our shared natural environment”.

Application forms are available from the student service offices at area high schools, or here at Click the following link 2018 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Application Form  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

For further information, students may contact Michael Macpherson, Chair of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards Committee, at 613-256-3043 or