Richard Dumouchel Scholarship

In memory of Richard Dumouchel, a beloved former trustee of the Foundation, each year the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation awards a University of Rhode Island Natural Resources Science (NRS) student with a scholarship for their studies.

2022 Scholarship Recipient: Patrick Felkner

Patrick Felker is a Wildlife and Conservation Biology major at the University of Rhode Island in the graduating class of 2023. He is from North Kingstown, Rhode Island and is an avid birder passionate about conservation. Patrick is currently a member of the board of the Ocean State Bird Club.

From August 2021-April 2022 he participated in surveys through URI collecting data on waterbirds and how they may be impacted by the presence of aquaculture. During the summer of 2022, Patrick worked as a Visitor’s Service Intern with the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, helping with refuge events and outreach as well as monitoring shorebird disturbance. Patrick is passionate about continuing his work in wildlife conservation and protection in his future career.

Past Recipients

2022 Patrick Felkner

2021 Kylie Rezendes

2020 Emma Paton

2019 Alicia Jones

2018 Sadie DeCurtis

2017 Ryan Healy

2016 Anthony “Ant” Sawaia

2015 Gillian Baird

2014 Mary Grande

2013 Marianne Diffin

2012 Joshua Sargent

2011 Ryan Kleinert

2010 Charleve Carey

2009 Cynthia Maynard

2008 Ben Vinhateiro

2007 Samantha Petzold

2006 Malcolm Grant

2005 Grace Lentini

2004 Jeffrey Backer

How Recipients Are Chosen

To be eligible, a student must be majoring in either Environmental Science and Management or Wildlife and Conservation Biology and have grown up in Westerly or Washington County RI.

A committee of URI NRS faculty members reviews and ranks the eligible applicants based on their resumes, their experience working on conservation projects, their GPA, and their commitment to conservation.  Nominees are forwarded to the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation for consideration.