Since 2001, the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program has worked to stimulate interest in Fisheries Science and Aquatic Resource Management among high school students from groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions.

Each year, students from all across the US, Canada and Mexico are selected for the program. Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology 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 an award 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 OPEN
  • Applications are due: February 15, 2019 by 11:59 EST


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 as well as rising juniors are also permitted to apply.

Note: Students who have participated in the Hutton Program before are no longer eligible to apply. Students must be a resident of the United States, Canada or Mexico to be eligible to participate in the program.



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 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.

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 Junior Fisheries Biology 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 Educational Program Coordinator  acceptance forms 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, Teachers and Parents are encouraged to reach out in their local communities to speak with fisheries professionals about being a mentor for the summer.

Selected students are matched with a mentor in their local area, within commuting distance (no more than a 30-mile radius), 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:

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. We encourage both students and mentors to recruit participants for the program to ensure each accepted student will be matched with a mentor.

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.