Scholarships for youth to attend summer camp across New York State
NYSOEA is dedicated to making outdoor educational experiences accessible to every young adventurer. Whether it's the thrill of summer camp or the enrichment of an environmental education internship, we fund these opportunities year after year with our Brother Yusuf Scholarship.
This scholarship is a tribute to Brother Yusuf, a cherished former member of our community. We generate funds through annual conferences, regional events, raffles, and personal contributions. The NYSOEA Equity, Access & Inclusion Committee, in collaboration with the regional board of directors, administers these scholarships. Let's make a difference together. Join us in helping young minds access the great outdoors and grow in nature. Apply For Scholarship Funding If your organization is an NYSOEA affiliate offering youth environmental education opportunities, you're eligible for the Brother Yusuf Scholarship program!
NYSOEA would like to sponsor one scholarship (up to $350), in each region to an affiliate organization (or multiple affiliates if the cost is less). We want to support both our Affiliates and the members of their communities by offering this incentive for youth who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
How It Works These scholarships can cover up to $350 for an outdoor education experience. As an affiliate organization in good standing, you have the freedom to select an individual who will benefit most from this opportunity. After your scholarship recipient completes their experience, we request that you share feedback from the camper's experience. Applicants may be granted full or partial funding. Outdoor educational experiences include but aren’t limited to:
Environmental education workshops or seminars
*Applications must be filled out each year for consideration and those funded may not be considered for consecutive seasons if there are multiple applications for the region.
*Applications will be reviewed based on need and fund availability by NYSOEA regional representatives and members of the EAI committee.
*NYSOEA board of directors and EAI committee members may not be listed as contact persons for an application.
*Applications from organizations that include NYSOEA board of directors or EAI committee members as staff may not be reviewed by that region’s director. They will go to the NYSOEA executive Board for review. *Awarded funding will be given after the young individual has completed their experience and a write-up has been submitted to the Board. Let's make a difference together. Join us in helping young minds access the great outdoors and grow in nature.
Brother Yusuf was a founding member of NYSOEA’s Diversity Committee (now the Equity, Access, and Inclusion Committee) and the coordinator of the DEC’s Capital District Campership Diversity Program. He believed that “Many of today’s children are growing up in busy cities without parks or ‘special places’ to experience the beautiful and awe inspiring. They stand to lose a very important part of what it is to be human.”
2022 Testimonial: It is with much gratitude for the scholarships that you extended to our campers for what became one of the most memorable activities they did all summer. The girls feed off of each other’s strengths and sense of adventure. Neither one knew quite what they’d be doing before their journey. They were filled with questions and nervousness but both vowed to give it their all. When I picked them up, they were tired and drained but filled with a confidence I hadn’t seen before out of them. I appreciate the opportunity you gave each of them to thrive!
Adriyanna and Breauna both attended Reinstein Woods’ Kids in the Woods Summer Camp of 2021. They were a part of the Junior Naturalists group, which consisted of campers from 7th-10th grade. While the sisters enjoyed scooping in the ponds, catching insects, and building the survival shelter together, they even more so enjoyed competing against each other in games such as Capture the Flag. Adriyanna and Breauna brought enthusiasm and energy to the camp that grew with them throughout the week.
Testimonials from Previous Campership Recipients " I would like to go to camp because of the wonderful opportunities I can have and the people I will meet. Along with that, I hope to gain more knowledge about the environment as I am going to be pursuing a degree of either natural resources management or environmental engineering in college." - Mary, 2019 Scholarship recipient, Western Region