Program & Project Funds

Blackwatersunset.jpgWaterfowl Annual Fund

Your financial gifts support our ongoing conservation efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region and our Community in Conservation funding program!  Learn more about making your gift here.


William A. Perry Scholarship Fund

Supporting high-schoolers’ dreams!
2019 APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED!  Click here for application!

2017 Perry Scholarship recipientsA gift to the Perry Scholarship Fund is an investment in a student’s dreams of going to college!  Started by a Festival founder and his wife, this fund makes cash awards each summer to worthy Festival youth volunteers (our “Ducksitters”).  Proceeds from Festival’s Art & Decoy Auction, during our Premiere Night party, also support this fund. Please contact us to make your gift.

This scholarship fund was established by the Board of the Waterfowl Festival, in memory of one of the founders and former president, William A. Perry.  Annual awards are made from the scholarship funds to students attending college and other institutions of higher learning, with the exception of post-graduate school.  Students are eligible for consideration for scholarship awards by having volunteered significant time and service for the Waterfowl Festival. Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible for a scholarship an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

1. Be a student in his or her senior year of high school that has been accepted for further studies by an accredited college, military academy or trade school, or be a high school graduate that is currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college, military or trade school and is a student in good standing.

2. The student must have volunteered his or her services for the Waterfowl Festival within the previous two (2) years, and must have performed/completed ten (10) hours of service during one Festival.  Services may include those for which community service credit was received.   However, volunteer efforts during the Festival period for organizations other than the Waterfowl Festival (such as food vendors) do not qualify a student for scholarship consideration.

3. Grades will be taken into consideration in scholarship awards.  Students must maintain at least a B average (3.0 GPA) to be considered in the pool of scholarship funds available.

4. The maximum number of years that one may receive a scholarship is five (5) years.

5. The student must submit a completed application with all supporting materials to the Waterfowl Festival office by the deadline stated below.

IMPORTANT:  Applications received that do not contain supporting materials as outlined will not be considered.

A Completed Essay
Official final transcript from the school
Any other documentation that you may feel is warranted for approval of this scholarship review.

Renewals: Prior applicants and recipients of scholarships may re-apply annually as long as they are enrolled and in good standing as an undergraduate at an accredited college or institution of higher education and have not received funds for more than five (5) years (see requirement above).  Renewal applications will be evaluated based upon the extent of initial and continuing service to the Waterfowl Festival.  Those applicants applying after completing their sophomore year of college must have volunteered to work at one or more of the last two (2) Waterfowl Festivals in order to remain eligible.

All completed applications and supporting materials will be evaluated by the Scholarship Committee. Due to limited resources, not all qualified applicants will receive a scholarship.   Applications will be evaluated based upon the extent of volunteer service to the Waterfowl Festival.

Applications must be received in the Festival office by MONDAY, JUNE 3. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail in July.
Note: Students must have volunteered for Waterfowl Festival for two years to be eligible.  Learn about being a Ducksitter here.


Samuel H. Shriver, Jr. Sporting Heritage Fund

Established by the Shriver family in memory of Mr. Shriver, this fund promotes the Waterfowl Festival’s sporting heritage and commitment to conservation.  Contributions to the fund provide continuing support for aspects of the Waterfowl Festival related to sporting, hunting and the waterfowling heritage of the Chesapeake Bay region. Gifts to this fund are 100% tax-deductible. Please contact us to make your gift.