Application submission information

The St. Petersburg Audubon Society (SPAS) is pleased to announce the Student Grants Program to support students with demonstrated interests in conservation that are aligned with SPAS’s mission. The SPAS Student Grants Program seeks outstanding students from the Tampa Bay area who stand to make meaningful contributions to the conservation of natural resources.

This grant is designed to assist students in pursuit of their research or conservation projects that are relevant to the mission of SPAS. Educational training opportunities will also be considered if applicants demonstrate their relevance to SPAS’s mission.

Eligible students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at a local institution. Applicants must be majoring in biology, ecology, environmental policy, natural sciences, or a closely-related field. Students from other institutions who are conducting research relevant to the Tampa Bay area and SPAS’s mission are also encouraged to apply. Awards will range from $250 – $2,000. 

Please consult the applicant eligibility and frequently asked questions pages prior to beginning the application process. Please carefully review the following requirements and instructions. Please email us with any questions.

Complete applications will include the following materials:
  • Application cover sheet: Include the SPAS Student Grants Program cover sheet or complete this formThe application form will be accessible when the application period is open.
  • Personal statement: Provide a succinct statement of your goals and relevant experience (e.g., volunteer activities, internships, professional experience). — 500 word limit.
  • Use of funding: Provide a concise statement explaining how the requested funding would be allocated within your project. Specifically address the following questions: What do you plan to accomplish? How will you conduct your project? When and where will your work be conducted? How does your project relate to SPAS’s mission? Please note that we do not permit funding from this program to be used for institutional overhead expenses.— 500 word limit.
  • Two personal references: Provide the names and contact information for two other individuals who could speak to your abilities; do not request a letter from these individuals.
  • Letter of recommendation: Submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor.
  • Institutional contact person: Provide the name and contact information for a person at your institution who can confirm your enrollment and eligibility to receive funding. This is typically a faculty advisor. This person should be aware that you are applying for this grant and will be responsible for recommending how funds would be disbursed. This may be the same person who provides your letter of recommendation.
  • One-page resume: Submit a brief resume outlining your educational achievements and any experience relevant to this opportunity. Please include your current contact information in this document. — 1 page limit.
Applications may be submitted online, via email, or post-marked by the application deadline (15 March 2017).
  • Most submission requirements can be satisfied by completing this form. The application form will be accessible when the application period is open.
  • The letter of recommendation and resume must be submitted by email or post.
  • Application materials may also be submitted by email to
  • Mail applications to:
St. Petersburg Audubon Society
Attention: Student Grants Program
PO Box 12407
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733-2407

Please pay careful attention to the application requirements, length limits, and submission deadlines. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

Pat Verdino,
Feb 20, 2017, 6:12 AM