Schol­ar­ships awarded by Friends of Black­wa­ter

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

From left, Olivia Gulledge, Erika Koontz, FOB pres­i­dent Rick Abend, Suzanne Sul­li­van and Kathryn Hutch­e­son.

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