THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY
We are pleased to announce that Julie Perreau is the recipient of the 15th annual scholarship for undergraduate studies, administered by the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society. As a senior at the University of Florida, Julie is working on a unique double major in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and Pre-professional Botany. Julie is actively engaged in many conservation-oriented student organizations at UF, including the student chapter of The Wildlife Society, the Society for Conservation Biology, and the Marine Biology Club. She has already gained valuable field experience through both paid and volunteer experiences, working with mockingbirds, backyard birds, honey bees, and manatees. She has also been active in volunteer outreach programs such as the Lubee Bat Festival and other museums and school events. In her final year at UF, Julie plans to complete an undergraduate thesis in ornithology, work as a research assistant in a genetics study of fire ants, and apply to graduate school. Julie’s professional aspirations involve a career in management and breeding programs for threatened and endangered avian species.
The FLTWS Student Scholarship was established in 1998 to recognize and financially assist undergraduate students pursuing a career in wildlife biology at a 4-year school in Florida, during their Junior or Senior year. In 2008, the scholarship was renamed the Greater Everglades Student Memorial Scholarship in honor of the 3 FAU students so tragically lost during a wading bird survey that March, and increased from $1,000 to $2,000 annually. Applicants for the scholarship are judged on the basis of their extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership, professional potential, financial need, and personal goals. The Florida Wildlife Federation cosponsors the scholarship. As this year’s recipient, Julie Perreau will receive a check for $2,000 at the FLTWS Spring Conference held in April in Melbourne.
-- Holly Ober
Chair, Student Scholarship Committee