The Blue Mountain Audubon Society again this spring will award a junior Whitman biology major the Art Rempel Scholarship, established in honor of Whitman's late professor emeritus of biology.

Rempel, a life member of the National Audubon Society, helped to establish the local chapter in Walla Walla 40 years ago. Prior to his death in 2007, he was a frequent contributor to its birding and nature programs and a major inspiration for its conservation efforts. The society's nature trail at Fort Walla Walla Park is named for him.

The Rempel Scholarship awards $500 to be applied to senior year tuition. Awardees are nominated by a faculty committee currently chaired by Delbert Hutchison, associate professor of biology, on the basis of the students' essays on natural history topics. Scholarship winners may make a presentation at a monthly public meeting of the local Audubon group. One recent winner, Whitney Heyvaert '09 of Maple Plain, Minnesota, gave a presentation about her research in New Zealand.

The local Audubon Society established the annual scholarship in 2007. For more information, e-mail Tom Scribner at or visit the Blue Mountain Audubon website at the Blue Mountain Audubon Society website.