Invest in the education of the Festival’s youth volunteers
William A. Perry, of the Festival’s founders, was especially devoted to the Carving exhibit. He and his wife Betty were instrumental in the formation of the Duck Sitter program. The name “Duck Sitter” originally meant young people who were chosen to "sit" or care for an exhibitor's booth for short periods. Today, our youth volunteers have many responsibilities throughout the Festival, and some of our most dedicated adult volunteers have evolved from the program.
In memory of Bill, the Waterfowl Festival Board of Directors established the William A. Perry Scholarship Fund. Your donations provide support for the scholastic efforts of the Waterfowl Festival's younger volunteers. Not only are you investing in their future, you are investing in the Festival's future, as we encourage them to return to volunteer their time and efforts in the years to come. In addition to your contributions, funding for the scholarships also comes from proceeds of the Festival's Cocktail Decoy Auction, held on Premiere Night each year. Annual awards are made to student volunteers attending college and other institutions of higher learning. Donations to the William A. Perry Scholarship Fund are 100% tax-deductible.
Applications for the William A. Perry Scholarship are accepted each spring for the upcoming academic year. Please read the requirements below and click here to download the application form. You can also view the requirements as a PDF by clicking here.
To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:
- Be a student in his or her senior year of high school that has been accepted for further studies by an accredited college, military academy or trade school, or be a high school graduate that is currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college, military or trade school and is a student in good standing.
- The student must have volunteered his or her services for the Waterfowl Festival. Services may include those for which community service credit was received. However, volunteer efforts during the Festival period for organizations other than the Waterfowl Festival (such as food vendors) do not qualify a student for scholarship consideration.
- Grades will be taken into consideration in scholarship awards. Students must maintain at least a C average (2.0 GPA) to be considered in the pool of scholarship funds available.
- The maximum number of years that one may receive a scholarship is five (5) years.
- The student must submit a completed application with all supporting materials to the Waterfowl Festival office in Easton by June 1, 2015.
Prior applicants and recipients of the scholarships may re-apply annually as long as they are enrolled and in good standing as an undergraduate at an accredited college or other institution of higher education. Renewal applications will be evaluated based upon the extent of initial and continuing service to the Waterfowl Festival.
Those applicants applying after completing their sophomore year must have volunteered to work at one or more of the last two Waterfowl Festivals in order to remain eligible. The Scholarship Committee will evaluate applications based upon the extent of volunteer service to the Waterfowl Festival.