MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Settles or Dina Pierce

Ohio EPA Announces Environmental Scholarship Winners

Ohio EPA is awarding $30,000 in scholarships to 12 environmental science and engineering students attending Ohio’s colleges and universities. Each student will receive $2,500 from Ohio’s Environmental Education Fund. 

“These scholarships will allow some very accomplished students to complete their degrees and join the ranks of scientists dedicated to understanding and enhancing the environment,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler. 

Scholarship winners include:

  • Kateline Peck, Austinburg
    Majoring in Biology and Environmental Science at Heidelberg University
  • Victoria Roeder, North Olmsted
    Majoring in Zoology at The Ohio State University (OSU)
  • Andrew Shea, Medina
    Majoring in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) and Philosophy at OSU
  • Mitchell Dever, Ashland 
    Majoring in Environmental Science and Biology at Ashland University
  • Emily Smith, Mansfield
    Majoring in Environmental Biology at Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Erin Graves, Bowling Green
    Majoring in Geology and Environmental Science at Miami University
  • Tara Lay, Cincinnati
    Majoring in Environmental Studies at the University of Cincinnati 
  • Margaret Maloney, Dayton
    Majoring in Environmental Biology at the University of Dayton
  • Rosa Tweed, West Milton
    Majoring in Biological Sciences at Wright State University 
  • Mathias Wagner, Cincinnati
    Majoring in Evolution and Ecology at OSU
  • Chelsea Steffes, Moon Twp., PA
    Majoring in Environmental Science and Economics at Wittenberg University 
  • Levon Bajakian, Ringwood, NJ
    Majoring in Environmental Science at OSU


    This year’s recipients have completed research or environmental work experience with projects focusing on:

    • Testing lead levels in the soil of community gardens
    • Storm water management plans for new campus buildings
    • Zooplankton diversity in storm water retention ponds
    • Impact of invasive plants on salamander populations in headwater streams
    • Coastal communities’ resilience to natural hazards
    • Designing a sling for injured birds at wildlife rehabilitation facilities
    • Cleanup and restoration of property damage from fire, mold, and sewage overflows
    • Surveys of consumer behavioral response to recycling incentives
    • Coral adaptation to elevations in temperature and pH
    • Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus on aquatic organisms

    Since 2000, $817,450 has been awarded to 332 students at 46 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.

    The next application deadline for scholarships is April 15, 2018. Additional information 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.


    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. Since then, 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.

  • Get to the
    Right Person Faster
    Notify us about
    Non-emergency Issues