Application Form

Attach the completed application, saved in MS Word, to an email with MMAS in the subject line, and send it to: mmas@putnamhighlandsaudubon.org.

Applications are due by March 15th of each year, and must be submitted electronically.  Official notice of the awards will be made by late May.  Any questions or for more info, contact mmas@putnamhighlandsuaudubon.org

Bedford Audubon Scholarship
Though it is in memory of the same person, MMAS is distinct from the Bedford Audubon Society's Marty McGuire Scholarship which funds research  or educational programs for high school students in Eastern Putnam county and parts of Northern Westchester.

Putnam Highlands Audubon Society

Marty McGuire Scholarship (students)


About Marty McGuire
The late Marty McGuire was PHAS' youngest board member beginning at age 15, and was for 5 years the compiler of the Putnam Christmas Bird Count.  In 2007, Marty passed away shortly after his 25th birthday in a tragic car accident.  He was a protege of Ralph Odell, PHAS founder.  Ralph is widely known for sharing his enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, the region's natural world.  The MMAS seeks to acknowledge the importance of mentors such as Ralph was to Marty, and the promise of young people like Marty, who are our future. 

The Scholarship
The MMAS is a permanently restricted scholarship endowment fund.  Only monies earned as income from the fund will be available for the scholarship awards.  Given current market conditions, the award is expected to be over $1,700.  A matriculating freshman, for example, could reasonably expect to be awarded at least that amount for each of her or his four years of undergraduate study, provided she or he met the renewal requirements.  The scholarship will be awarded only in years when a suitable student is found, and then only in years when there is no renewed award.  Only one student will be selected per year.  Interested students, including ones who are under the academic radar screen, are invited to download and complete the simple application. 

Geographic Eligibility
Awards of the MMAS will be made to students from our service area on a need-blind basis.  Students must be legal residents, or if already in college, recent  legal residents in  one of the following zip codes that define the PHAS service area:
Beacon 12508
Castle Point 12511
Chelsea 12512
Cold Spring 10516
Fishkill 12524
Garrison 10524
Glenham 12527
Hughsonville 12537
Lake Peekskill 10537
New Hamburg 12590
Putnam Valley 10579
Wappingers Falls 12590

Students who by accident of postal boundaries legally reside in one of the above places but receive mail via a different zip code are encouraged to apply and note the circumstances.