Stimulating career interest in Fisheries Science among young people from underrepresented groups since 2001
To increase diversity within the Fisheries professions.
The principal goal of the Hutton Program is to stimulate interest in careers in Fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women.
The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a paid summer internship and mentoring program for high school students, and is sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS).Selected students known as “Hutton Scholars,” are matched and mentored by a fisheries professional to enjoy a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting.
Hutton Scholars who successfully complete the program receive a $4,000 scholarship as well as valuable work experience in an exciting and rewarding field.
The American Fisheries Society has overall program management responsibility. The Executive Director of AFS provides an annual report on the program to the Governing Board of AFS. A Hutton committee appointed by the AFS President evaluates and makes recommendations for improvements in the Hutton Program.