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Earnings from the Ruth Thomas Scholarship Fund pay full tuition to a camp or workshop for an applicant who will use the training received in the field of environmental education. The scholarship(s) may be awarded annually by the Arkansas Audubon Society Trust. The recipient(s) may choose the camp or workshop he or she wishes to attend and is responsible for transportation to and from the site. The Trust has the discretion to award an additional travel stipend.

It’s not required but we would appreciate you doing an article for the newsletter or a presentation at a state meeting

Please send your application to Leif Anderson,PO Box 195, Hector, AR. 72843 or Include your name, contact information, which camp you would be interested in attending, the reason for your attendance, how it would make you a better educator, your availability for presentation or article and a requested dollar amount. Half-a-page to one page is plenty. DUE DATE JAN 25th.

The Ruth Thomas Fund is so named to honor Arkansas Audubon Society member Ruth Thomas, who was an ardent bird bander and student of birds. Ruth Thomas wrote popular as well as research articles about birds. For a number of years, she wrote a column for the Arkansas Gazette that promoted conservation and the Arkansas Audubon Society.


Earnings from the Iola Rea Fund provide a scholarship for expenses (housing, registration, meals) for two outstanding campers from the previous year’s Halberg Ecology Camp and a parent or guardian to attend the Spring meeting of Arkansas Audubon Society. Transportation to the meeting is the responsibility of the recipients of the scholarship. The Halberg Ecology Camp Committee selects the recipients of this scholarship. One can not apply for this award as the selection is made from Halberg Ecology Camp campers.

The Iola Rea Fund was named to honor Iola Rae, a charter  member of Arkansas Audubon Society from Little Rock. She served as secretary and convention chairman.  She was the force behind the formation  of Pulaski County Audubon Society (now the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas) in December, 1953. She served this organization as president, historian and other elective offices. Iola Rea had a deep interest in purple martins and her annual talk would fill the auditorium of the Game and Fish Commission Bldg. For years she operated a "bird hospital" for sick and injured birds. Upon her death in 1977, her husband, John, made a donation to Arkansas Audubon Society in her memory which was used to begin the Iola Rea Fund.


Arkansas Audubon Society Trust Research Award

These awards are funded from interest earned on the AAS Trust Endowment. Each year about eight awards in the $400-$700 range are made for research on the ecology of birds. Most applicants are graduate students at Arkansas colleges and universities although that is not a requirement. For a list of recent awards and the titles of their research go to: trust_awards.  Applicants should prepare a research proposal including estimated costs and submit it to Dan Scheiman ( before October 15 or April 15 of each year. Details of how to make and submit the proposal can be obtained by downloading this document

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