Scholarships and Education
FCAS’s mission includes promoting the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems. First and foremost in that mission is education. And although FCAS does not have a chairman for the education committee, we still provide education to our membership and the public through our monthly programs and field trips.
Another method to provide environmental education, especially to youth, is the scholarship fund created about four years ago following the passing of a long time chapter member and retired wildlife instructor, Dr. Alexander Cringan. In fact, the membership form on the last page of every issue of the Ptarmigan contains the option to provide additional support for Alex Cringan Fund (natural history education grants). The purpose of the Cringan Fund is to provide financial assistance to educators involved in teaching natural sciences and environmental education so they may upgrade their skills and become more effective teachers.
A second scholarship fund that we financially support and promote is the Dr. Ronald A. Ryder Memorial Scholarship Fund. Dr. Ryder passed away last August. One of his former graduate student established the memorial fund through the CSU Foundation, to which FCAS has contributed $1,000. The purpose of this memorial fund is to provide a $1,000 scholarship to a CSU student who is studying birds in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.
To contribute to the Alex Cringan Scholarship Fund, send a check to FCAS, P.O. Box 271968, Fort Collins, 80527-1968. To contribute to the Dr. Ryder Memorial Fund, send a check to the CSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1870, Colorado State University Foundation, Fort Collins, 80522. The check must specify the Dr. Ronald A. Ryder Memorial Scholarship Fund for it to be placed in the correct fund. Please mention that you are a member of the FCAS. Also, notify Scott Webb at the Colorado State University Foundation that you have made a contribution to the Dr. Ryder’s fund: Scott Webb, Executive Director of Advancement, Warner College of Natural Resources, 1401 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, 80523-1401; 970-491-3594.
Both scholarship funds should provide long-lasting benefits to birds, wildlife, and the environment because they will provide training to educators and biologists who will work to raise environmental awareness in younger generations who will eventually be taxpayers and voters.