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Scholarship Application

Frequently Asked Questions on the RRWSS Frank Bertaina Scholarship Application Procedure

Who is eligible for the RRWSS Frank Bertaina Scholarship?

This scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing a college education and current college students (in the north coast region) pursuing an associate or four year degree and who have participated in conservation work in the north coast region.

How will the scholarship be awarded?

The award will be based on education, community service related to steelhead recovery and related conservation work, creativity, enthusiasm, work ethic and leadership for steelhead recovery in the North Coast region. Financial need will also be a factor.

Why has the RRWSS chosen to only give scholarships for conservation work on North Coast rivers/region?

The RRWSS was founded with a specific purpose of preserving, protecting and enhancing the wild steelhead in the Russian River. It was important to encourage and support young people/students in their conservation efforts for the entire north coast and the need to purse education outside of the Sonoma County area.

What is the definition of “North Coast Region”?

No answer was given.

I am a current high school or college student who would like to apply for the scholarship but I don’t believe I have done enough conservation work to be eligible. What can I do?

The RRWSS can help you prepare now for next year’s scholarship by connecting you with our organization, one in your area and one that meets your conservation objectives. You can contact the RRWSS Scholarship Program Coordinator at __________________________ for

What will happen to my application once it is received by a RRWSS board?

It will be submitted to a first screening by the RRWSS Scholarship Program Coordinator together with the other applications received. If your application passes this first screening, it will be reviewed by the entire RRWSS board of directors. The board members will individually review the applications, vote and resubmit the applications back to the RRWSS Scholarship Program Coordinator to tally the votes. At the MONTH? RRWSS board meeting, a final scholarship candidate will be approved by the board and the candidate will be notified.

Candidates whose application does not pass the initial screening will be duly informed by the RRWSS Scholarship Program Coordinator. It is suggested you submit your application early in case more information is needed.

I do not yet have an acceptance letter confirming I have been accepted in the institution where I am planning to study.

Check the box "will send it on dd.mm" on your application form and write down the date you expect to be able to forward it. Be aware that if at the time of the final selection we have not received your confirmation of acceptance; your application will not be considered

I am a relative of a RRWSS board member. Am I eligible to apply for a RRWSS “Frank Bertaina” Scholarship?

Yes, RRWSS relatives are allowed to apply. The related board member will be recused from voting on your application.

What is the scholarship deadline?

No answer given.

How should my application be submitted?

All applications should be received by mail. The appropriate address is on the scholarship application.

The application must be submitted but additional documentation may be submitted. For example, submission of photos or video may be submitted. Any photos or videos submitted to RRWSS are the property of RRWSS and may be posted on RRWSS website or facebook site. You will be contacted prior to the use of this material. Application information will be confidential.

Will I receive a confirmation of my submission?

Yes. Check the desired form of communication on the application. The RRWSS Scholarship Program Coordinator will use this to contact you.

I have already received a RRWSS “Frank Bertaina” Scholarship. Can I apply again?

Yes, but if you apply again, be aware that preference may be given to candidates who have not previously received a Frank Bertaina Scholarship.

How many applications are selected to receive an award each year?

At this stage, the Frank Bertaina Fund is able to award approximately up to two scholarships each year.

When will I know if I have been awarded a RRWSS “Frank Bertaina” Scholarship?

No answer given.

Scholarship Application