Jamestown, NY – Every spring since 2003 the Audubon Nature Center Education Staff has raised scholarship funds through their Fledgling Birdathon. Participants look for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period, and generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total. The end result is a $500 scholarship.
The 2016 Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Taylor West of Lakewood, New York.
The Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship is named the in memory of one of its early recipients, a volunteer, intern, and nature-lover who donated countless hours of time and expertise to the Audubon Nature Center. A resident of Russell, Pennsylvania, Exline died in 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Scholarship applicants must be local residents pursuing a degree in the natural sciences. Recipients must be passionate about the natural world.