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John Madson Fellowship grant available for 2012

MISSOULA, Mont.Outdoor Writers Association of America is accepting applications for the 2012 John Madson Fellowship, available to current Active or Associate OWAA members.

Applications must be sent to the OWAA headquarters, postmarked no later than March 1, 2012.

Since its inception in 1994, the John Madson Fellowship has provided OWAA members with more than $10,000 in funding to continue their education in the outdoors communication field. It can provide funding for individuals to participate in OWAA programs, such as the annual conference or the Goldenrod Writing Workshop, as well as outside continuing education opportunities.

The Madson Fellowship can provide reimbursement toward tuition/registration and room and board costs for a workshop or conference of your choice. It can also be used to cover travel expenses. Last year, fellowships were awarded to members attending the Goldenrod Writing Workshop in Missoula, Mont.

The Fellowship is funded through the John Madson Fellowship Fund, an endowment that thrives primarily through OWAA member contributions and fundraising efforts. Its goal is to enhance professional communication skills for all of OWAA’s members.

To apply, you must complete an application form, attach a cover letter explaining your needs and a proposal for continuing education, include an itemized budget of miscellaneous expenses, and include a sample of your work (published article or photos, tape of broadcast program, etc.).

For more information regarding the John Madson Fellowship, visit

OWAA is The Voice of the Outdoors®. The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio- and television-show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For more information, contact Robin Giner, executive director, Outdoor Writers Association of America, 615 Oak St., Ste. 201, Missoula, Mont. 59801; 406-728-7434,;

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