Scholarships awarded by Friends of Blackwater
CAMBRIDGE — The Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (FOB) recently announced the winners of the Friends 2016 Environmental Sciences Academic Scholarships. This year the FOB awarded scholarships to four Maryland University students majoring in environmental studies fields.
Erika Koontz, of Woodbine, and Suzanne Sullivan, of Cambridge, each received $3,000 scholarships to further their studies at Washington College and Salisbury University, respectively.
Koontz is an environmental studies major, with a concentration in Chesapeake Bay regional studies. She is looking forward to accomplishing her goals by working with a local nonprofit organization or an environmental consulting agency.
Sullivan works with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy as an education and volunteer coordinator. She is pursuing a master’s in teaching degree from Salisbury University and plans to pursue a career as an environmental educator to promote better teaching practices in science.
Olivia Gulledge, of Crofton, and Kathryn Hutcheson, of Catonsville, won scholarships of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.
Now a graduate student at Wesley College, Gulledge is looking forward to a career in the field of environmental remediation, analyzing methods to mitigate human destruction of the environment, focusing on rising sea levels and the loss of coastal forests.
Kathryn Hutcheson is pursuing a degree in environmental science and policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, she will be traveling to Honduras for a service trip and then plans to enter the Peace Corps. She eventually wants to earn a law degree and work alongside IGOs and NGOs to find global solutions through international cooperation.
The FOB’s mission is to promote the preservation, awareness and appreciation of the environment. The scholarship was established in 2012 by FOB to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary. These scholarships are made available to all Maryland resident students meeting scholarship requirements.
From left, Olivia Gulledge, Erika Koontz, FOB president Rick Abend, Suzanne Sullivan and Kathryn Hutcheson.