Virginia & Wendell Kingsolver Scholarship Fund

The Virginia & Wendell Kingsolver Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 by the Kentucky Ornithological Society to honor the memory of Virginia “Ginny” Kingsolver and the legacy and contributions of Ginny and Wendell to KOS and to environmental and educational groups across Kentucky. Funds will be used send a young birder from Kentucky to an American Birding Association Summer Camp (see the flyer below for more information).  The camps include a week in July or August filled with opportunities for young birders to take their birding skills to the next level, meet others with similar interests, and explore careers in birding and ornithology. Scholarships are available to birders between the ages of 13 and 18 who live in Kentucky. To apply for a Kingsolver Scholarship, students should fill out the application found here, write a short essay (500 words or less) on why he or she wants to participate, and include a brief recommendation from a parent, teacher, or mentor.  The deadline to apply for a 2014 Kingsolver Scholarship is May 15, 2014. Applications should be mailed to Carol Besse, 1262 Willow Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204 or emailed to

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