October 17, 2021
Manistique, MI

The Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) is proud to announce Claire Watts as the recipient of the $2,500 MOWA / Toyota Let’s Go Places Scholarship for 2021.

Watts received the scholarship for her efforts in public education at the Ann Arbor District Library and Harbor Springs Public Library. Using a multi-media approach – including video, photography, and a 3D storyboard – she provided information about native fauna and flora, and Michigan landmarks to familiarize the public with the state’s colorful sights.

The Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA), in conjunction with Toyota Motors North America, offers funding annually to college students residing in Michigan whose career plans include communicating the outdoors experience. From issues like public lands, wildlife diseases or local water quality challenges to outdoor recreation activities or nature writing, the possible areas of interest and expression are vast; so are the media in which one specializes: journalism, videography, podcasts, nature photography, essays, books.

The goal of the scholarship is to help subsidize the efforts of individuals as they take the next steps toward achieving this career goal. MOWA is the state-level organization of professional outdoors communicators, and in addition to the money, the winner is given a MOWA membership and access to all that the group – and its highly experienced members – have to offer.

More information about the scholarship can be found at www.miowa.net