Audubon nature center offers annual scholarship

Exline is pictured here in the center back with one of his Summer Day Camp groups.
Ryan Exline, center back, whom the Audubon Nature Center Scholarship was named after, shows off the bluebird box he built with one of his summer day camp groups. Photo courtesy Audubon Nature Center

The Audubon Nature Center is now accepting applications for its Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship.

The $500 scholarship is for area college-bound high school seniors or Jamestown Community College students who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an environmental or related field.

Applications and more information may be found here and can also be obtained by calling (716) 569-2345 or emailing shatfield@jamestownaudubon.org. Applications must be received by March 15 at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.

In 2009 this scholarship award was named in honor of Ryan Paul Exline, a graduate student at Duke University who was studying for a degree in conservation. Exline received this scholarship in 2004, using it to attend a herpetology camp in Vermont. On his return, he was instrumental in setting up some of the Nature Center’s herp programs for teens. An integral part of the Nature Center family for many years, the Russell, PA resident was 22 when he died in 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

The winner of the 2015 Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship was Brandon Allen of Lakewood, NY, who is pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Management – Law Enforcement.

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