Join the Washington Brant Foundation

 Join us and help conserve Black Brant and their habitat in the Pacific Flyway.

 In 2020 WBF is proud to continue our Scholarship Program in honoring some of the people that have shown special support to our organization. We have made awards in memory of David Hagerbaumer, Gary Fisher, and Ben Welton. All were distinguished veterans known for selfless mentoring and tireless promotion of waterfowl conservation. This year we add Bud Kannenberg to that elite group. After a career with the Forest Service, Bud ran a antique shop in Port Townsend, WA, catering to waterfowlers and fishermen. He authored many articles in Hunting & Fishing Collectables Magazine and was also know for keeping tabs of Brant numbers at Pt Hudson near his home.


About The Washington Brant Foundation Scholarship

The Washington Brant Foundation is an all volunteer, 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization founded in 2001 to raise awareness of the unique Brant goose and its habitat. The mission is to promote the conservation and responsible management of Brant and other marine species in the Pacific Flyway through sponsorship of scientific research, education, and habitat enhancement programs. Through the mission objective of Education, the Washington Brant Foundation is pleased and excited to announce the offering of the David Hagerbaumer, Gary Fisher, and Bud Kannenberg scholarships to students pursuing careers in wildlife management and conservation focused on Waterfowl.


Scholarships Offered

Multiple scholarships of up to $1000 may be awarded to qualified applicants, paid directly to the student to be used for tuition, books, or fees for the college of their choice.


Who is Eligible?

Scholarships are available to any U.S. high school senior or current college student who is demonstrating a minimum 3.0 grade point average and completes the required application of essay. Scholarships will not be awarded to a student receiving a full scholarship from another source.


What is Needed?

The following must be received before May 1, 2020. Essays not meeting requirements or received late may not be considered. Winners will be notified by May 31, 2020.

Completed Essay

Copy of letter of acceptance or transcript of proof of current school

Copy of grade transcripts

Two letters of recommendation



Completed essay must be at least 200 words and must incorporate the following:

 Goal of future role in waterfowl management or conservation

Inspiration for chosen field

How you feel you can positively effect waterfowl management or conservation

Why you want this scholarship


When and Where?

Only recipients of scholarships will be communicated to. Selection will be based upon merit of the application, without regard to race, gender, color, or religion.

Decisions will be final and made by the Washington Brant Foundation Board of Directors.


Submit essays to:

Maynard Axelson

WBF President

15929 Fir Island Road

Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Elyssa Watford

2018 Recipient

Elyssa was born and raised in West Seattle and developed an early interest in the outdoors through activities with her parents. These included climbing several of the highest NW mountains with her father. Her passion for wildlife lead her to Humbolt State University, eventually graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Biology, and Minors in Wildlife and Geography. After a summer of field research in Alaska she was hooked on the Arctic. Elyssa is now living her dream of becoming a successful field biologist while pursuing a Masters Degree at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Washington Brant Foundation Scholarship Program

Previous Scholarship Winners!

Washington Brant Foundation

15929 Fir Island Road

Mount Vernon, WA 98273, USA


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