BLM Employs Local High School Student, Hutton Fisheries Scholarship Recipient
Story by Mark Jacobsen, Public Affairs Specialist, Eastern Montana/Dakotas District. Photos by Christina Stuart, BLM Fish Biologist, Miles City Field Office.
Miles City resident and Custer County District High School senior Ethan Anderson got some hands-on experience as a fisheries technician with the BLM Miles City Field Office (MCFO) in Montana last summer. Anderson was awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, which seeks to "diversify the fisheries profession by stimulating career interest among young people from underrepresented groups," according to the organization.
A vetted fisheries biologist generally serves as a program mentor and an application must be made by the agency professional on the receiving end, in this case, BLM Fish Biologist Christina Stuart. Once the mentor application is approved, the process moves forward and the Hutton Scholar is placed. This is the second year that Stuart was able to secure a Hutton Scholar for her summer field season.
"All parties benefit from the Hutton Program," said Stuart. "The student receives a scholarship, a mentor, and beneficial field experience and the agency takes on a volunteer, which is invaluable in completing the summer workload."
The Robert F. Hutton Endowment Fund was created in 2000 to receive contributions intended to support the scholarship program. The fund's namesake, the late Dr. Robert F. Hutton, served as the American Fisheries Society's first Executive Director from 1965 to 1972 and the society President from 1976 to 1977.