The Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley
Awards are grants awarded each year to four exceptional young leaders in the
fields of environmental conservation, historic preservation, the arts, and
tourism. To mark our 10th anniversary, OSI is
seeking applications for a fifth category, “Healthy Communities,” to support
projects engaging specifically in food access, environmental justice or
sustainability in the Hudson Valley. The awards, of up to $5,000 each, provide
financial support for undergraduate and graduate students to pair with
nonprofit organizations and execute exemplary projects in the Hudson River
In addition to the $5,000 awarded to McHenry Recipients,
The Open Space Institute also awards $1,000 to their sponsoring organizations
for supplementary expenses.
McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards were created in 2007 to honor the extensive
contributions of environmental philanthropist and conservationist, Barnabas
McHenry. Barney is passionate about preserving the scenic and
environmental importance of the Hudson River Valley, celebrating its vibrant
historical, artistic, and cultural resources, and supporting young leaders who
embody this same passion.
Compelling Proposals and Applicants
The Open Space
Institute awards grants to young leaders who conduct projects that celebrate
the scenic and historical value of the Hudson River Valley, educate local and
academic communities, promote awareness, and invoke change.
An advisory committee selects McHenry Awardees in each of
the four disciplines based on the following merits:
- Young leaders
who demonstrate an excellence in their chosen field and a passion for their
- Projects that
produce tangible benefits to local communities in the Hudson River Valley.
- Projects that
impact a student’s respective college or university, introducing
thought-provoking and compelling conversations to academic communities.
Any nonprofit organization working in the Hudson Valley
may nominate a candidate and the project that he or she will conduct. Eligible
candidates must be undergraduate or graduate students. The project itself may
be either a summer internship or a year-long endeavor.
How to Apply
Are you an undergraduate or a graduate student with a
compelling project proposal but lack a partnership with a nonprofit
organization? Here is a list of nonprofit organizations in the Hudson River Valley
you can contact about applying for a summer or year-long internship funded by
the McHenry Award.
As a student candidate, your own college or
university can also nominate you. The project would then be conducted in
collaboration with either a professor or faculty member in place of a nonprofit
Are you a nonprofit organization in the Hudson River
Valley looking to work with a bright, young leader on a compelling project but
lack partnerships with undergraduate and graduate students? You have the
ability to reach out to college professors with potential internship
opportunities for their students. Here is a list of colleges and universities
in the Hudson River Valley area to get you started.
Colleges in the Hudson River Valley
If you want your organization or college to be listed
under student or organization resources please email Jessica Watson at email@example.com
with a brief summary of your organization’s mission and how a McHenry Award
project directed by a young leader could further that mission. (Maximum 1 paragraph)
Applications must be completed by March 10, 2017 and
- On-line application completed
by the nominating organization.
- Letter from the candidate
- Explain the importance of this project to you;
- Explain why you are qualified to do this project;
- Letter must not exceed one page, single-spaced;
- Candidate’s Resume (including academic achievements);
- Project Budget.
The application submission deadline is
5:00 pm on March 10, 2017. Application must
be submitted online.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any additional questions can be emailed
to Jessica Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Community Impact
Over the past seven
years McHenry projects have had a significant impact on the Hudson River
Valley. Recipients have educated and inspired members of local communities
through their projects and community outreach strategies.
McHenry projects can directly
impact local communities by culminating in a tangible community resource.
McHenry fellows also generate an indirect influence on local communities
through local newspaper publications, panel discussions, and public education
an undergraduate receives an award like this, it’s life changing. It really
changes one’s view about their work and the value of it” -
David Jakim, a recipient
in 2008, conducted a habitat-mapping project that culminated in a well-received
Erin Hoagland, a
recipient in 2012, constructed
a public access arboretum to be used as an educational resource for school
field trips and summer camps.
Christina Ritter, a
recipient in 2013, produced education toolkits to promote interactive learning
environments. Her lesson designs and templates are still being used in local
McHenry Award fellows
and projects have a meaningful impact on academic communities. Many recipients
have discussed their McHenry projects in academic papers and presentations,
theses and dissertations, and even at academic conferences.
“[My McHenry project] helped give me a leg up. A published
work on the table just opens doors” - Michael
The Open Space Institute strongly
encourages McHenry recipients to reach out to their academic communities and
looks to support McHenry fellows in their academic and professional endeavors.
McHenry recipients will receive updates for conferences and calls for papers in
the northeast after project completion.
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