The principal goal of the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is to stimulate interest in pursuing careers in fisheries science and aquatic resource management among high school students from groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions.

Each year, several students from all across the US, Canada and Mexico are selected for the program. Hutton J.F.B Program is a full-time commitment. Students are required to work for full time (32-40 hrs per week) for Eight weeks.

Hutton Scholars receive scholarship funds of $4,000 in conjunction with their participation in the Hutton Program; these funds are paid in equal installments over the summer.

Student Application:

  • Applications are CLOSED to students:
  • Applications are due: end of February


Application to the program is open to all current high school juniors and seniors regardless of race, creed, or gender. Seniors who will graduate this spring are also permitted to apply.

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



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.

Section 1: Student Contact and General Information and upload a copy of official transcript of your high school record.
 Your school may email, fax or mail your transcripts to AFS, but you must upload a Word doc. to the Transcripts field in order to successfully submit your online application.

Section 2: Statement of Interest

Section 3: Responses to Two Open-Ended Questions

Section 4: Upload one Academic Letter of Recommendation from a science, math or English teacher

Section 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

All applicants will be notified via email on their application status to the Hutton J.F.B Program.


Program Requirements:

Students selected for the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program are expected to accomplish ALL requirements to successfully complete the program.

  1. The student, parent or guardian, and mentor are required to meet soon after notification
    to discuss duties, responsibilities, and the summer schedule. 
  2. Students must return to the AFS Hutton Program an acceptance form signed by the student, parent or guardian, and mentor
  3. Students must complete Eight weeks and full-time hours of 40-hour per week for the Hutton Program
  4. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the work site.
    Travel and other expenses associated with fieldwork are borne by the mentor’s organization
  5. Complete and submit bi-weekly time-sheets, signed by student and mentor
  6. Students are required to provide written reports: a mid-summer report and a final report at the close of the program
  7. Complete End of program evaluation and assessment

If at any time during the summer program the student does not abide by the agreement made between student, parents, and mentor, AFS reserves the right to drop the student from the program and withhold the remaining scholarship funds.


Mentor Match

Students selected for the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program are matched with a mentor within commuting distance (within a 50-mile radius) and will receive notification via [email protected] email address.

Selected students are matched with a mentor in their local area for an eight-week internship in a fisheries setting. Among the many activities that “Hutton Scholars” may assist with include:

  • Stream sampling
  • Seining
  • Electrofishing
  • Fish tagging and tracking
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Public education
  • Angler surveys
  • Laboratory analyses of fish to determine age and growth


Program Stipulations:

The Hutton awards are not considered wages for tax purposes; therefore, no W-4 form needs to be completed by the student when he or she begins the program, and no taxes are withheld. However, the scholarships are considered taxable income according to IRS regulations. Students are advised to consult IRS regulations regarding awards.

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

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.