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Application period open for the Dan Moriarty Memorial Scholarship

KILAUEA — The Kilauea Point Natural History Association, which is now doing business as Friends of Kaua‘i Wildlife Refuges, serves as the nonprofit friends group that provides support to the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

The organization is now accepting applications for their annual scholarship in honor of Dan Moriarty.

Moriarty was an outstanding environmental educator and conservationist who played a major role in fostering a strong conservation ethic in the community, an ethic which continues to this day.

Friends of Kaua‘i Wildlife Refuges annually awards scholarships in his memory, up to $3,000 each, applied directly to college or university expenses.

Students studying in the broadly defined fields of botany, zoology, natural history and related subjects concerning the Hawaiian environment are encouraged to apply.

The fields of wildlife management, interpretation, conservation and environmental education are also included.

To be eligible, students must have been a resident of Hawai‘i within the last five years, been accepted or enrolled in a four-year college or university, and maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

“We are so honored to continue the legacy of Dan Moriarty’s passion for conservation by supporting the education of members of our community who aspire to work in these important fields,” said Thomas Daubert, executive director of the Friends of Kaua‘i Wildlife Refuges.

“These awards are made possible by generous donations to the Dan Moriarty Scholarship Fund and by proceeds of sales from the Nature Store at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.”

Completed applications and supporting documents must be submitted no later than Thursday, April 30. For more information about the Dan Moriarty Memorial Scholarship or to apply, visit or contact Daubert at 828-0384 or

The Friends of Kaua‘i Wildlife Refuges is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group that supports the conservation, education and preservation work of the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes Kilauea Point NWR, Hanalei NWR and Hule‘ia NWR.

With donations, plus proceeds from Nature Store operations, the organization supports research and educational projects, rehabilitative care, volunteer training, special events, equipment for wetlands management, awards annual scholarships for college students pursuing environmental studies, and more.

Source: The Garden Island

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