Five exceptional young naturalists were shortlisted for the Cornell Scholarship this year. Each one of these dedicated applicants really deserved to receive this opportunity and our toughest job is selecting just one person.
But with only one place available, this award was proudly presented to Megan McCleverty who we felt stood out. Her initiatives, volunteering and recordings gave her an exceptional well-rounded CV. We believe that Cornell will make a huge difference to her and help her decide on one of the many future career paths open to her.
Thank you to everyone for applying and sharing your inspirational stories with us. The future looks brighter with so many talented and passionate young naturalists around.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak the Cornell Bird Event will not take place in 2020. Megan will have to wait until June 2021 to go on her trip of a lifetime.
Thank you so much to the Trust for this amazing opportunity. I am thrilled to be the recipient of this scholarship and can not wait for the event to take place!
"These people were so friendly and passionate, and I am proud to call them my friends. I still receive emails from them and hope to see them again someday. "
"The Cornell Young Birders' Event 2017 was absolutely amazing. It was a privilege to learn so much from those at the top of the profession which I hope to go into."
"What an incredible experience it was... this once in a lifetime trip really has opened my eyes and given me a massive boost of determination as well as clarifying what I want to do with my life."
"To say I am grateful would be an understatement. Only now has it hit me just how amazing the event, the people involved and the place were"
* Preference will be given to those applicants who will start their final year of school in 2020.