Izaak Walton League awards scholarships
The Mid-Shore Chapter of the Izaak Walton League has awarded its annual scholarships for the 2016-2017 year. These awards are specifically for students seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees in conservation or environment-related programs, in keeping with the Izaak Walton League’s mission and objectives.
Erica Stone, recent graduate of Kent Island High School, plans to attend Pennsylvania State University. She expects to major in Biology with a concentration in conservation and environmental science. With this education, she hopes to influence policies that will protect and preserve our natural resources. She’s been active in the National Honor Society, cofounded a sailing team, and worked on various community service projects, all while maintaining excellent grades.
Michael Kaminskas is an Easton High School graduate, planning to major in Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Michael is highly interested in environmental disaster response and has some experience with environmental clean-up. He became an Eagle Scout in 2014, plays soccer and lacrosse, and was on the swim team at school.
Bennett Keeler is also an Easton High School graduate with an excellent academic record. His objective is to study Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University so that, ultimately, he might preserve coral reefs and improve aquatic ecosystems. Bennett has been captain of the soccer team and has tutored in biology and chemistry. He’s the recipient of several awards including the Minds in Motion Sports award, the Biology Award, the Advanced Placement Environmental Award.
Two graduate students now studying at the University of Maryland Horn Point Laboratory have been selected for scholarships to help them with their thesis research. Nicole Millette is working toward a doctorate in biological oceanography, now studying winter seasonal algae blooms, particularly in the Choptank River. Blake Clark is working toward a doctorate in oceanography, now studying methane gases formed in the shallow and wetland estuaries. He recently submitted an Abstract to the 2016 Ocean Sciences meeting in Louisiana.
These scholarship awards were presented at the Izaak Walton League’s Mid-Shore Chapter meeting held on June 30, 2016. The chapter serves Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester and Queen Anne Counties. IWL is a long-standing national organization, dedicated to the conservation of our natural resources and to the enjoyment of outdoor activities.
Annual scholarships have been awarded by the Izaak Walton League. Left to right in front row are Nicole Millette and Erica Stone. Back row, left to right, are Blake Clark, Michael Kaminskas and Bennett Keeler.