ORAFS Carl Bond Memorial Student Scholarship

The ORAFS Carl Bond Memorial Student Scholarship

Application for Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: December 31 of each year
CONTACT: Kate Self

The Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society offers the Carl Bond Memorial Student Scholarship to honor and continue the legacy of the great Oregon ichthyologist Dr. Carl Bond. This coveted scholarship is awarded periodically (not necessarily annually) at the discretion of the OR AFS Scholarship Committee and ExCom, to reward and encourage outstanding Oregon AFS student members to support work that emphasizes native Oregon fishes in a fashion consistent with Dr. Bond’s legacy (see background below). In award is currently $2000.


  1. Student member of AFS and Oregon Chapter
  2. Graduate student in a field of study relevant to fisheries science
  3. Conducting research directly related to native Oregon fishes
  4. Minimum 3.5 GPA
  5. Have not previously won this scholarship


  • Commitment to attend the upcoming Annual Meeting to receive award, if selected
  • Commitment to present results of work funded by the Carl Bond award at a future Oregon Chapter AFS meeting
  • Provide a 1-page “Fishery Feature” to the Piscatorial Press relating to your use of scholarship funds and/or fishery experience during the scholarship year.


  1. A cover letter that introduces yourself and includes description of the above minimum qualifications
  2. A 1-page CV
  3. A 2-page description of your project, including elements that discuss how the work honors Dr. Bond’s legacy
  4. A budget that details how you intend to use the funds
  5. All graduate school transcripts
  6. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a current Oregon Chapter AFS member. It is the applicants responsibility to contact references and ensure that their recommendation letters are sent to Kate Self at scholarships@orafs.org by the deadline.

Recipient will receive a check and acknowledgement during the Oregon Chapter AFS Annual Meeting.

Background – Dr. Carl Eldon Bond

Carl Eldon Bond, 87, passed away in Corvallis on Nov. 12, 2007. Carl was an active member and fellow in many professional organizations, including the American Fisheries Society, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Gilbert Ichthyological Society, and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. Carl was one of the Oregon Chapter AFS’ original members. He attended the very first Oregon Chapter AFS meeting and held several Oregon Chapter AFS Executive Committee positions, including President during 1966-1967.

Carl received his bachelor’s degree in 1947 and master’s degree in 1948 in fisheries and wildlife from Oregon State College. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan in 1963. In 1950, he joined the faculty of the Oregon State University Department of Fish and Game Management (later Fisheries and Wildlife) and remained with the Department throughout his career. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1985.

Carl’s professional interests ranged widely and included much of the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. His ichthyological knowledge of the region was unmatched, particularly for the little-known fishes of Oregon’s desert. As a crowning achievement, Carl poured his lifetime of knowledge of fishes into the master textbook “Biology of Fishes”, which is still one of the standard texts in fish biology.

Among his awards, Carl was named “Oregon Scientist of the Year” in 1983 by the Oregon Academy of Science. He received the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence in 1998 and it’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000. He was also honored by the Desert Fishes Council.

Of all his accomplishments, Carl was most proud of his students. During his long career he mentored 63 graduate students; 15 doctoral and 48 masters. Many of these students went on to distinguished careers of their own. Memorial articles, contributed by several of Carl’s past students and colleagues, can be found at the Oregon Chapter AFS website (www.orafs.org).