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Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary 2019

Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary

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 nat-ural environment. One or more bursaries of $1000 will be awarded each year to students from our area.

Information on the bursary awards program is usually updated in the Fall, so students are aware and can consider the awards as they begin to complete applications for post-graduate study after high school. Application deadline is May 1. Recipients are announced at MVFN’s Annual General Meeting in late May.

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, with a legacy, his life-long contribution to nature education. To date $16,700 has been awarded to 21 students graduating from high schools in our area 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 County or West Carleton (or must confirm individual or family MVFN membership) and be accepted into a 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 demonstrated and actively promoted environmental awareness through school projects and volunteering in their communities.

Past winners of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award have pursued post-secondary studies in ecosystem and resource management, environmental sciences and engineering, marine biology and zoology. Others have followed their passion in environmental stewardship by studying fish and wildlife management or bio-technology.

Application forms are available from student service offices at area high schools, or here at mvfn.ca.

2019 Application Form

For further information, students may contact Michael Macpherson, Chair of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards Committee at

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Congratulations to local students awarded nature bursaries in spring of 2018

2018 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award Winners

In May 2018, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Committee awarded bursaries of $1000 to three graduating high school students, Sophie Anderson, Kaitlyn Johnson, and Shaily Walker. In addition, as part of a pilot project, continued bursaries of $500 were awarded to the two bursary award winners from 2017, Makayla Giles, and Andrew Van Campen.

“I am very pleased to learn about the interests and ambitions of these fine students, and hope that this award may help and encourage young people today to become environmental leaders tomorrow” said Cliff Bennett. “I consider it an investment in our environmental future.”

The successful applicants this year intend to pursue studies in Biology at Ottawa University, Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering at Carleton University, and Ecosystem Management at Fleming College.

Congratulations to all our 2018 winners!

Winners of the 2018 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards (L-R): Kaitlyn Johnson, Shaily Walker and Sophie Anderson, were presented with their awards by Cliff Bennett at MVFN’s May 2018 meeting in Almonte, ON. photo by Brenda Boyd

About the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary fund, which supports the award program, was established in 2007 by Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ members and friends of retired educator Cliff Bennett, for his 75th birthday. Since 2007, more than $16,000 has been awarded to 21 deserving students from high schools in our area.

Previous award winners have continued their education after high school in diverse fields including zoology, ecosystem management, marine biology, environmental sciences and engineering and technology, at both the university and community college level.

For further information about the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards, please visit the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary page on MVFN’s website, or contact Michael Macpherson, Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Committee Chair, at 613-256-3043 or by email at

MVFN encourages interested high school students to visit their school student services offices soon for application forms,  or to seek out more information at our website or by contacting Michael Macpherson, Chairperson for the awards program!

 

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2016 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary

LINK TO 2016 APPLICATION DETAILS AND FORM

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards Committee of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) is seeking a young person who wants to make a difference in meeting the environmental challenges of the future. The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary is awarded annually by MVFN to assist a graduating high school student who will be pursuing post-secondary studies in a field related to the natural environment. One bursary of $1000 will be awarded this year to a deserving student from our area. The Bursary is named for Cliff Bennett, a founding member of MVFN, and was established in 2007 by Cliff’s many friends on the occasion of his 75th birthday, to honour his contributions with a lasting legacy.  To date, $8200 has been awarded to fifteen graduates from six high schools in Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, and Dunrobin who have pursued studies in twelve programs at three colleges and six universities across the country.

To be eligible for the nature bursary, a student must be graduating from a local high school with acceptance to a 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 actively promoted environmental awareness through school projects and volunteering.

Post-secondary studies by bursary winners have included ecosystem management, environmental engineering, and zoology.  Other recipients followed their passion in environmental stewardship by studying fish and wildlife management or biotechnology.  “I am pleased that the Bursary may encourage a young person today to become an environmental leader tomorrow” says Cliff Bennett.  “I consider it an investment in our shared environmental future”.

Bursary application forms will be available from the student service offices at area high schools, or at mvfn.ca .  The deadline for applications is Monday, May 2, 2016. For further information, students may contact Mike Macpherson, Chair of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards Committee, at 613-256-3043 or

 

 

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Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary 2015 applications

Click here for 2015 application form 

Press Release

April 1, 2015

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary committee are  looking for a young person with a passion for nature who believe they can make a difference in meeting the environmental challenges of the future. The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary is offered annually to assist a graduating high school student  to pursue post- secondary studies in a field related to the natural environment which may lead to a career in this field. This year, one bursary of $1000 will be awarded to a deserving student from our area. The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund is named for Cliff Bennett, a founding member of MVFN. The award was established by Cliff’s many friends in 2007, to honour his contributions to the community and nature, with a lasting legacy. To date, over $7000 has been awarded to local students pursuing their studies.

The 2015 bursary will be awarded to a local student who attends a high school in Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, or West Carleton. To be eligible, a student must be graduating from high school and be undertaking post-secondary studies in an aspect of nature or an environmental field. As well as academic achievement, the bursary selection committee will consider an applicant’s involvement in issues relating to the natural environment. Previous recipients have actively promoted environmental awareness through school projects and volunteering. Interest in protecting our environment has led previous Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary award winners to pursue degrees in marine biology and zoology. Some award winners followed their passion in environmental stewardship by studying fish and wildlife technology or biotechnology.

 “I am pleased that this award may encourage a young person today to become an environmental leader tomorrow” says Cliff Bennett. “I consider it an investment in our environmental future”.

 Application forms are available from student services departments in area high schools, or from the MVFN website at mvfn.ca. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 1, 2015.

 For further details or questions, students may contact Mike Macpherson of the Nature Bursary Committee at 613-256-3043 or send an email to .

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Three Area Students to Benefit from 2012 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursaries

Three Area Students to Benefit from 2012 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursaries

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) are pleased to announce that three winners have been awarded the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary for students intending to pursue a college or university education in studies related to the environment. The deserving recipients of the $500 bursaries are Sarah Bird of West Carleton Secondary School, Laura Symon of Perth and District Collegiate Institute and Ryley Steele of Almonte and District High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-R:  Laura Symon, Cliff Bennett, Ryley Steele and Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird has been accepted at the University of British Columbia’s Okanogan Valley campus and is planning on obtaining a major in zoology. She already has travelled to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon to gain a better understanding of these two significant ecological areas of the world. After completing her education Sarah hopes to work for an organization like the World Wildlife Fund. Overall she “would like her work to help raise global awareness about some of the harmful impacts our human activity has on the habitats of many species and use that awareness to drive global change.”

Laura Symon will be attending Dalhousie University in the fall and will be enrolled in marine biology. This summer Laura will be working on the Water Monitoring Program for the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. She has been very active in school and has maintained a part time job during her years at PDCI. For Laura “hearing things about decreasing biodiversity in certain ecosystems, habitats home to amazing wildlife being destroyed, the state of our lakes, rivers, streams and oceans, and the melting of yet another glacier, make me very sure about what I want to focus my life on in the future.”

Ryley Steele will be attending St. Lawrence College in Kingston where he will be enrolled in the Biotechnology Technologist Program. Ryley is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and has recently participated in a project in Norfolk Virginia. He is also an active member of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Canada(CCFC). His involvement with CCFC has given direction to his choice of post -secondary education “My focus as a graduate is to work on research projects that are undertaken to determine what role the environment has played on the increase of this disease.”

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award was established in 2007 by MVFN members and friends and family of naturalists and retired educator Cliff Bennett on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The annual bursary program is supported by MVFN and applications and other details may be found on MVFN’s website at www.mvfn.ca .

Congratulations to the three award winners and best wishes for your studies.

 

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