All students in Grades 6 through 12, who attend our conferences, automatically receive a scholarship waiver of the $95 conference registration fee.

Western Field Ornithologists is awarding four (4) Pasadena Audubon/WFO Youth Scholarships to defray expenses associated with attending the conference in Billings, Montana June 10–14, 2015. These competitive scholarships are available only to students in Grades 6 through 12 who are residents of western North America. Applicants must be student or family members of WFO. In addition to the $95 conference registration waiver, the scholarship will cover the following expenses and activities for the scholarship recipient:

  • Full-day field trip on Thursday and Sunday as space allows
  • Box lunch for full-day field trips
  • Two morning-long field trips or workshops on Friday and Saturday as space allows
  • Friday and Saturday’s science sessions
  • Friday and Saturday’s experts sounds and visual identification panels
  • Two tickets for the Saturday evening banquet and keynote address
  • Up to four nights hotel accommodations at the conference center, including breakfast
  • Any young person who wants to will be warmly welcomed to volunteer to sit on the experts sound and visual identification panels.

Coordination and payment for travel to the conference is up to the parents and/or the organization with which the young person is associated.

This conference is an opportunity for young people to meet, in a small setting, some of the people who earn their living and/or volunteer in biology, field ornithology, bird conservation, and other fields.

The conference is in Billings, Montana June 10–14, 2015. Click here for conference summary. Registration will be available on dates to be announced in late February or early March.

To apply for a scholarship, email the following supporting documents no later than Monday, February 9. Mailed documents must be received by this date.

A. One letter of recommendation from a teacher, parent or an adult birding friend that should cover what they know about your commitment to birds and birding.

B. A written personal essay that states the importance of birds to you. The essay should be no more than one page long (standard 8.5X11 in.). Do you try to teach others about birds? Do you draw the birds you see? Do you do any survey or volunteer work? Is listing important to you and why? We want to know about your interest in birds and birding.

C. Application and Essay– See instructions, below.

D. For those under 18 years of age not accompanied by a parent or guardian, a parental consent form signed by a parent or guardian is required. The form is available here.

E. Membership in WFO is required of all applicants. Student membership is $10 per year. Our membership form is available here.

Applicants must be students in grades six through twelve. Applicants must be residents of western North America; from the Rocky Mountain states and provinces to the Pacific, including Alaska, Hawaii, western Texas and northwestern Mexico. Applicants will be informed of decisions prior to registration. Be sure your application form, essay, and letter of recommendation arrive no later than February 9.

Please submit the following information to Joyce Meyer at Western Field Ornithologists welcomes your scholarship application. Email or send your supporting documents to Joyce Meyer, WFO Youth Scholarships, 13825 231st Ln NE, Redmond, WA 98053. For further information send email to Joyce Meyer att

• Name
• Address, city, state, zip code
• Home phone
• Email address
• Date of birth
• Grade level
• Personal essay
• Letter of Recommendation
• If applicable, parental consent form

Once your completed application and supporting documents are received, a member of the scholarship committee will confirm their receipt.

The Pasadena Audubon/WFO Youth Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of Mike San Miguel, a key contributor to and beloved friend of Pasadena Audubon and Western Field Ornithologists.