The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) are pleased to announce that four district graduating High School students were recently awarded the 2019 MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursaries. The deserving recipients of the $1000 bursaries are: Hazel Cobus, who graduated from St. John Catholic High School in Perth and will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science at the University of Ottawa; Natalika Culhane, a graduating student at Carleton Place High School who will be working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography at Carleton University; Kea McKay who graduated from Notre Dame High School in Carleton Place and will be studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with the intention of specializing in the field of Marine Biology at the University of Victoria; and Jasper Nault from Perth and District Collegiate Institute who will be attending Algonquin College in Pembroke in a program to become an Outdoor Adventure Naturalist.
The MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary was established in 2007 by MVFN members, friends and family of retired educator Cliff Bennett and co-founder of MVFN, on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Since 2007, more than $16,700 has been awarded to twenty-one students from Almonte and District High School; Carleton Place High School; Notre Dame Catholic High School; Perth and District Collegiate Institute; St. John Catholic High School in Perth and West Carleton Secondary School.
Application information for the bursary awards on MVFN’s website, under Bursary and Awards, at school Guidance Departments in late fall, or through Trish Larkin, Chair of the MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Committee.