Leonard and Diane Soucy Memorial Fund Scholarship

The Leonard and Diane Soucy Memorial Fund Scholarship

Avian Education for All

The Leonard and Diane Soucy Memorial Fund was created for the sole purpose of carrying on our founders’ legacy of providing education about birds – and birds of prey in particular – to the public. They believed that environmental education is the means by which all of us can learn about, help, and share our love for wild birds. 

The Scholarship

Introducing our new scholarship program here at The Raptor Trust, which will offer environmental education to underserved and underfunded schools and interest groups.

This funding will assist with the cost of programming, as well as travel to TRT, which can be prohibitive to many schools and groups in the state.  

TRT’s education mission aims to contribute to a better understanding of wildlife. We recognize the lack of diversity in birding and environmental education initiatives, and believe that this problem is caused in large part by a lack of opportunity, exacerbated by tight budgets both at home and in the school systems. 

To address this issue in a practical manner, we hope to make TRT’s unique raptor education programs available to more people and to captivate all learners.

The Programs

Education is a critical component of our mission.  Our educators have developed effective and memorable programs on topics of environmental concern which can be tied to STEM learning standards for school groups.  Programs like “Fantastic Flying Falcons,“All About Owls” and “From Rehab to Release” serve to promote a better understanding of wild birds and environmental stewardship, including:

  • the places that birds like to live, hunt, nest, and migrate
  • how human behavior impacts wild bird populations
  • ways we can help address environmental issues affecting birds
  • appreciation and respect for wildlife

A Life-Changing Experience

Our programs offer an educational and transformative experience that stays with visitors for years to come, from interactive Q-and-A sessions with our educators, to guided tours through our aviaries (featuring many endangered species), to the wonder of meeting a live raptor face-to-face.
We aim to make that experience available to more people— for our community and for wildlife.

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