2014 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Winners

Two Area Students to Benefit from Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ Cliff Bennett Nature Bursaries

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) are pleased to announce that on June 19th Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary awards were presented to two local graduating high school students. The deserving recipients of the $600 bursaries are Katelyn Cadieux of Notre Dame Catholic High School, in Carleton Place, and Derek Oliver of Perth and District Collegiate Institute.

Katelyn will be attending the Environmental and Resource Studies honours program at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Derek will be attending McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, for studies in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

2014 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary


Photo:High school students Katelyn Cadieux (Notre Dame Catholic High School, Carleton Place) and Derek Oliver (Perth and District Collegiate) were each recipients of $600 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards for 2014. Presenting the awards on June 19th in Carleton Place were Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Bursary Committee chair Mike Keffer (left) and MVFN President Cliff Bennett (right). Photo by Neil Carleton.



The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary was established in 2007 by MVFN members, friends, and the family of retired educator Cliff Bennett on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The annual bursary is awarded to graduating high school students who are pursing college or university studies related to nature or the environment.

Since 2007, more than $7,000 has been awarded to 14 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; and West Carleton Secondary School.

Application information for the bursary awards is available on MVFN’s website, at www.mvfn.ca, or through Mike Keffer, Chair of MVFN’s Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Committee, at 613-256-8686, or naturebursary@gmail.com.


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