Students who live and have residency in the United States, Mexico and Canada are eligible to apply. The program is open to all current high school sophomoresjuniors and seniors regardless of race, creed, or gender. We highly encourage students from minority backgrounds to submit applications to the Hutton Program. Follow the link below to complete your online application!

Students are selected by the Hutton Oversight Committee made up of AFS members currently in the fisheries profession. Once students are selected into the program, they are then paired with a mentor, a fisheries and aquatic sciences professional, that is located within a 30-45 minute commute of the student’s home.

Applications for the 2020 Hutton Program are now CLOSED.

Note: Students who have participated in the Hutton Program before are no longer eligible to apply. 


  1. Click the link to the “Online Student Application” above. You will create a username and password which you can use to log-in and update/submit your application. 
  2. We recommend using the Student Application Checklist as a guide when completing the application.
    1. Download the Checklist here: Student Application Checklist
    2. If you have trouble viewing the online application, please contact Mary Webb Banning, Educational Program Coordinator by email at [email protected]
  3. Your online application will not be complete until we receive all application materials. Once we receive your online application, transcript and recommendations, we will send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email make sure you have submitted all requested documents. 
    1. If you are unable to attach essays, character and academic recommendations or transcripts to the online application, please email your documents to [email protected].

Required Application Fields:

Students must complete all required fields in all five sections of the application for your application to be considered complete. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will not be considered for selection.

  1. Student Contact and General Information and upload a copy of official transcript of your high school record.
     Your school may email or express mail your transcripts to AFS, but you must upload a Word doc. to the Transcripts field in order to successfully submit your online application.
  2. Statement of Interest (must click “attach”)
  3. Responses to Two Open-Ended Questions (must click “attach”)
  4. Upload one Academic Letter of Recommendation from a science, math or English teacher (must click “attach”)
  5. Upload one Character Letter of Recommendation from a supervisor, community or organizational leader, a different teacher or other adult who has known you long enough to provide an accurate assessment of your character (must click “attach”)

All applicants will be able to check application status through his or her online account and will receive an email once his or her application has been submitted.


If your school or transcript service does not provide transcripts to students and if your references prefer to send recommendation letters directly to AFS, please have your school or references email or mail your transcripts and/or letters to the contact information below.

Send the following forms to references for completion: 


ALL APPLICATIONS ARE NOW ONLINE ONLY. If you are unable to send high school transcripts over email, we will accept paper copies. All other application materials must be sent over email.:

  • Email to [email protected] 
  • Sent via Express Mail to the following address (transcripts only). 

American Fisheries Society

ATTN: Hutton Program Application

425 Barlow Place, Suite 110

Bethesda, Maryland 20814


You cannot submit this application without uploading a file to the transcripts and letters of recommendations fields. If you do not have a copy of your transcripts or letters to upload, please upload a Word Document to each respective field that states the document will arrive via email or mail.

Do not upload photographs or video materials, as they will not be considered by reviewers. Any information the student finds relevant to his or her application should be expressed in the Student Statement of Interest.

For questions about the online application or application process, please contact [email protected].

Program Stipulations:

While AFS staff works with our countless connections to place each Hutton Scholar with a suitable mentor for the summer, if you are selected into the program and AFS staff cannot match you with a suitable mentor, we are unable to offer you an internship position. We encourage both students and mentors to recruit participants for the program to ensure each accepted student will be matched with a mentor.

In some internships, it may become necessary for students to spend time overnight at a distant site with their mentors. Parental permission must be obtained by the mentor in advance of the trip, preferably with blanket permission for the entire summer.

AFS provides liability insurance for students and mentors who participate. Forms and instructions are provided to the mentor.