8/8/13
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Ohio EPA Selects Environmental Scholarship Winners

Seven environmental science and engineering students were selected to receive a scholarship from Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund.

Students in four-year programs who received a $2,500 scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year include:

  • Michelle Hummel, Case Western Reserve University (Civil Engineering), from Canton (Stark County);
  • Jacob Cochran, Heidelberg University (Environmental Science), from West Jefferson (Madison County);
  • Mitchell Ramsey, Ashland University (Environmental Science/Geology), from Bucyrus (Crawford County);
  • Lauren Shewhart, University of Dayton (Biology), from Spring Valley (Greene County);
  • Cassandra Nix, Ashland University (Environmental Science/Biology/Toxicology), from Elyria (Lorain County);
  • Douglas Fox, Cedarville University (Environmental Science), from Tiffin (Seneca County) and;
  • Zack Weilnau, Ashland University (Biology/Environmental Science), from Willard (Huron County).

This year’s recipients have completed research or environmental work experience in the following areas:

  • mercury binding in forest soils;
  • flood control infrastructure;
  • bio-assessment of Ohio streams;
  • global climatology for dry thunderstorms as a warning for wildfires;
  • impact of invasive honeysuckle on mosquito populations;
  • emergency preparedness for airborne releases of hazardous chemicals at critical infrastructure;
  • release of estrogen compounds from wastewater treatment plants; and
  • toxicology of saline deicing agents on aquatic organisms.

In 2013, a total of $17,500 was awarded. Since the scholarship program began in 2000, $627,450 has been awarded statewide to 255 students at 47 Ohio colleges and universities. The scholarship program is administered by the Ohio Academy of Science. It is designed to motivate students to enter environmental fields of science and engineering and reward outstanding undergraduate students based on merit.

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 Oct. 1, 2013, for the second semester of 2013-2014. 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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