Golden Flamingo Scholarship



Midwest Geobash


Golden Flamingo Scholarship




About the Scholarship Awards


The Midwest Geobash Golden Flamingo Scholarship was created in 2021 by longtime MWGB attendee and former planning team member Chris Baker (Team Shydog). The idea behind the Golden Flamingo Scholarship awards is to recognize and support Midwest Geobash attendees with their dreams of furthering their education. Each year our scholarship trustees review many scholarship applications and choose the year's recipients to be awarded at our annual event's closing ceremony at Midwest Geobash.

Scholarship applications open in April each year, with the winners being determined and notified by email with the desire that they be present at the event's closing ceremony to receive their award.

When applications are open, the application form will be available at the bottom of this page.



Support the Scholarship!


You can support our Golden Flamingo Scholarship Awards by purchasing a limited edition Golden Flamingo Pathtag from our event merchandise store in the main menu.

All pathtags are created by a generous donor who made the pathtags for us to sell and raise money for our scholarship fund.

As there is no overhead cost for us on tag production, all revenue from the tags sold goes directly into the scholarship fund for future scholarship awards. Our goal is to sell enough tags to cover two $250 scholarship awards each year and fund the scholarship awards in perpetuity.

Consider buying one (or a few!) of this years tags to support the fund!




Scholarship Award History


Midwest Geobash 2021


WINNERS - Allison Largent & Mark Webb



Midwest Geobash 2022


WINNERS- Sara Cararo & Jamie Walton




Midwest Geobash 2023


WINNERS- Suzanne (Suzie) Beck & Matthew Pierson


Trustees and Donors


Chris Baker (Team Shydog) - The Golden Flamingo Scholarship was created in 2021 by the generosity of Chris Baker and his desire to give back to the attendees at Midwest Geobash. Chris has previously served as a member of our MWGB Planning team for many years, and has been a longtime bash attendee and volunteer. Chris is one of our scholarship trustees who review the numerous applications submitted, determine awards, and present the winners with their awards at our closing ceremony.


Laura Elliott (Ladylights of LightPeople) - Laura is one of our trustees who manage the scholarship application process, recipient selection, and presentation of awards at the closing ceremony. Laura is another long-time MWGB attendee and volunteer who served as our volunteer coordinator for many many years. 


Susan Stoker (TankHounds) - The trustees are excited this year to announce the most amazing matching grant to our Golden Flamingo Scholarship program. New York Times and USA Today best selling author Susan Stoker has generously offered to match our scholarships this year! You may know Susan as Mrs. Tank Hounds, a long time Geocacher and Bash attendee. Many of you have traded Pathtags with Susan in the past. Before she turned her passion for writing into a career she was known as Dr. Susan Stoker PhD. Susan understands the value of higher education and training and wanted to help her fellow Bashers achieve their educational goals. We welcome and greatly appreciate Susan’s generous donation to the Golden Flamingo Scholarship fund. Thank you Susan!

Check out her website at



2023 Scholarship Details


The Midwest Geobash Planning Committee and Committee Emeritus are excited to announce the return of its Golden Flamingo Scholarship for 2023. This scholarship program is aimed at helping our fellow Bash attendees achieve their goals towards continuing education or focusing on a skilled trade.

The scholarship will be open to all past MWGB attendees that are attending or planning to attend a College, University, Community College or Trade School in the 2023-24 school year. This may be either as full time or part time status.

Two (2), $500 scholarships will be awarded at the closing ceremonies during the 2023 Midwest Geobash event in Wauseon, OH. This event will be held July 19-23,2023.

These scholarships may be used at the discretion of the recipients for filling any needs to better help achieve their goals of continuing education or skills.

If you have additional questions not addressed on this page, please contact the scholarship trustees at

Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2023, with the winners being announced on or before July 10, 2023.



How to Apply


An announcement will be made on our Midwest Geobash Community Group (facebook) each year when applications are opened. We encourage you to join the group and watch for announcements to stay up to date on everything happening.


To apply for this year's Midwest Geobash Golden Flamingo Scholarship Award, utilize the application form below. The form will need to be completed in its entirety prior to submitting. There is no way to save your progress and return at a later time within the form. We recommend completing your answers in a word/text document and inputting them into the form when ready to submit.


Winners will be notified by email of their selection, and are expected to be in attendance at the year's Midwest Geobash closing ceremony to receive their award and take lots of pictures. (extenuating circumstances may be recognized)