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 2018 Syracuse Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Availability Announcement and Submission Guideline

The Southern Ocean Birding Group, a New Jersey non-profit organization founded to provide information about birds, conduct field trips, and present programs for the enjoyment and education of members and guests, is proud to announce the availability of The Southern Ocean Birding Group Virginia Syracuse Memorial Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The purpose of the scholarship is to assist a hardworking student who is a senior (grade 12) at the Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools District’s Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) or who is member of the Barnegat High School Environmental Club, who is pursuing his/her studies at a competitive college.    


To be considered for a Southern Ocean Birding Group scholarship, we would like you to be an inspirational and energetic individual who plans on pursuing a career in biology, conservation, environmental studies, or related fields.  We are interested in your activities over the past four years that demonstrate your interest in environmentalism.  The Scholarship award will be based on your application and essay, and the Southern Ocean Birding Group will determine the winner of the award.


For the 2017-2018 academic year, our scholarship is valued at $750.00.  We require that our scholarship funding be used for tuition, books, or fees at universities, colleges, junior colleges, or vocational schools.  You must be a high school senior at MATES or a senior in the Barnegat High School Environmental Club to be eligible. 


How do you submit for a Southern Ocean Birding Group scholarship?  Simple!  Follow the short guidelines below.  We look forward to receiving your scholarship application, and thank you for your interest.

Guidelines for Submission:

1. Visit the Southern Ocean Birding Group website to learn more about our organization. If you meet our scholarship requirements, apply for the scholarship on the application attached.  Be sure to indicate any environmental work you’ve done or school environmentally related clubs/groups you’ve belong to over the past four years on the application.  You can attach an additional sheet if you have more than three organizations.

2. Submit an essay on the following topic:  “Why coastal wetlands are important to birds and other animals, and what you would do to protect them.”  The essay should not exceed three typed double-spaced pages, and should be submitted along with your application.

3. Provide the information requested on the Southern Ocean Birding Group Scholarship Application Form below and send the completed form to:

                                Southern Ocean Birding Group

                                2 Newport Street

                                Barnegat, NJ  08005


Write “Southern Ocean Birding Group Scholarship Application” on the front of the envelope.  We must receive your application by May 1, 2017.  This will submit your application for our scholarship.  If you have any questions, please contact us at:


On or about May 20, 2017, you will receive a response from the Southern Ocean Birding Group informing you if you receive the scholarship.Upon receipt of a copy of the university, college, junior college, or vocational school tuition bill and payment receipt, the Southern Ocean Birding Group will release funds associated with the scholarship payable to the student and/or your parent/guardian.

The Southern Ocean Birding Group, a New Jersey non-profit organization, is not only interested in viewing birds but in learning about their environmental needs and how to ensure their preservation. To that end, the monthly meetings provide interesting and informative programs, which are open to the community. In order to help the future caretakers of the environment, the group offered these scholarships to seniors at MATES to help students who plans to pursue a career in biology, conservation, environmental studies, or related fields.