The Georgia Chapter of the AFS understands how important student involvement is to accomplish the American Fisheries Society mission “to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.”  The Chapter was able to invest our profits from the 2015 Southern Division AFS Savannah meeting along with a substantial donation from Dr. Ronnie Gilbert (retired) in a way that would benefit our student members and provide opportunities to attract new members to the Georgia Chapter. Both scholarship and travel stipend funding were discussed as important among GA-AFS members, and therefore, the Ronnie J. Gilbert Student Scholarship and Georgia Chapter AFS Undergraduate Travel Stipend were both created.

FINANCING: THE GEORGIA CHAPTER AFS STUDENT OPPORTUNITY FUND

Funding for the Georgia Chapter AFS Student Opportunity Fund was initially financed from the 2015 Southern Division AFS Savannah meeting profits.  In addition, a percentage of profits from the GA-AFS Chapter Annual Meeting raffle/silent auction proceeds will be deposited into this fund. The GA-AFS Chapter is also soliciting tax-deductible donations to the Student Opportunity Fund from its members and supporters. If you would like more information about the Student Opportunity Fund or if you would like to make a donation, please contact the Executive Secretary-Treasurer.