Congratulations to Alex Chapman for winning this year’s Cameron Bespolka scholarship to Cornell’s Bird Event in July.
Alex showed an incredible knowledge and understanding of birds and the natural world. We were impressed by his passion to learn and study more and we think Cornell will be able to do just that.
“For young people it is often one event or one experience that helps them to decide just how important a particular interest is to them in the long term. For me that event was being put in charge of a bird survey in my local park when I was a teenager. I realised that bird study was going to be my lifelong passion. By spending time at Cornell, I am sure these young people will gain a real understanding of whether they are primarily a birder, an ornithologist or a conservationist. It may be the moment they look back on in years to come and say "that's the point at which I worked out exactly where I fit in to all of this.” said Keith Betton, a Trustee and interviewer.
This scholarship is awarded yearly to one young UK birder to attend this once in a life-time 4 day event at Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York which helps those already passionate about ornithology make further educational and career choices. Thank you so much to Cornell Lab of Ornithology for working with us and Birdwatch Magazine for promoting this opportunity.