We are so pleased to announce that three outstanding McHenry County high school seniors have been awarded $1,000 scholarships each. The graduating seniors plan to pursue a major or minor course of studies related to the environment. The applicants were judged by a panel from The Environmental Defenders’ Education Action Team and to be eligible needed to reside and attend high school in McHenry County, have a respectable GPA, two letters of recommendation, plan to attend an accredited college or university, and complete an essay and full application, including volunteer service over their high school years related to the environment.
The scholarship winners this year are: Tyler Butler, Woodstock High School, Haley Wegener, Prairie Ridge High School and Jasmine Villavicencio, Woodstock High School. Tyler will attend Drake University with a double major in Environmental Sustainability and Resilience/Management and possible minor in Zoo and Conservation Science. He was active in his school’s Green Club and Blue Planet Club and was fortunate his school offered an Environmental Science class. Haley is planning to pursue education toward becoming an environmental lawyer one day and will begin her studies at Iowa State and plans to major in political science with a secondary major in environmental science. Haley excelled in her school’s AP Environmental Science Class. Jasmine will be studying environmental science at the University of Tampa, and like her fellow scholarship awardees, took an environmental science class in high school. She has a passion for travel and wildlife conservation and is the first recipient of The Environmental Defenders’ new Latino Environmental Scholarship. The scholarship awarded to Jasmine was made possible through the Gerry & Bill Cowlin Foundation for which The Environmental Defenders is extremely grateful. The grant will also be used, in part, to help fund The Environmental Defenders’ general Latino Outreach Program of which the scholarship is a part.