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Ohio EPA Selects Environmental Scholarship Winners

Seven environmental science and engineering students will receive scholarships to study at Ohio colleges and universities from Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund.  A total of $14,750 is being awarded.

According to Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally, “Encouraging our future experts to pursue a degree in advanced environmental technologies here in Ohio is something Ohio EPA takes great pride in. Congratulations to the students who earned a scholarship and good luck in your future endeavors.”

Students in four-year programs who will receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year include:

  • Rachel Bellis, Baldwin-Wallace University (Biology), Brecksville, OH;
  • Aimee Weidner, Bowling Green State University (Environmental Science), Graytown, OH;
  • Amanda Kriner, Ashland University (Environmental Science and Biology), Medina, OH;
  • Christin Anderson, Oberlin College (Biology and Environmental Studies), Anchorage, AK; and
  • Kelly Sullivan, Ashland University (Environmental Science and Biology), Ashland, OH.

One recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year in a four-year program: Erika Brandt, Oberlin College (Biology and Environmental Studies), Knoxville, TN.

Also receiving a $1,250 scholarship in a two-year program is Michael Metheney Stark State College (Environmental Health and Safety Technology), North Canton, OH.

These scholarship recipients have completed research in the study of:

  • the performance of an experimentally restored wetland;
  • the avian populations on the Lake Erie islands;
  • the amphibian populations in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge;
  • the diet and hibernation sites of Ohio bats;
  • the effect of amphibian chytrid fungus on salamanders in Ohio;
  • invasive species in national parks;
  • environmental toxicology and food consumption of snails and grasses in marshes; and
  • reduced water use while increasing native plants in landscape design.

A total of $46,000 in scholarships was awarded in 2012. Since the scholarship program began in 2000, $641,200 has been awarded statewide to 248 students at 47 Ohio colleges and universities. Funding comes from civil penalties collected by Ohio EPA for violations of air and water pollution control laws. The scholarship program is administered by the Ohio Academy of Science. It is designed to motivate students to enter environmental fields, including science and engineering, and to reward outstanding undergraduate students based on merit, enhancing their employability in environmental fields.

Students were selected to receive a scholarship based on several criteria. These include an academic record with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, a major in an environmental science or environmental engineering program, an activity in nonathletic extra-curricular activities and organizations and an ability to communicate effectively. Students need to obtain recommendations from education and environmental professionals and present original research, scholarship, employment, volunteering or other unique contributions they have accomplished in environmental science or environmental engineering.

The next application deadline for scholarships is May 1, 2013.  Additional information about the scholarship is available by calling Ohio EPA’s Office of Environmental Education at (614) 644-2873 or visiting www.epa.ohio.gov/oee.  To learn more about the Ohio Academy of Science, call (614) 488-2228 or visit www.OHIOSCI.org.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.


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