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Annie’s Bestows Environmental Studies Scholarships

Published 07-30-02

Submitted by Annie's Homegrown

WAKEFIELD, Massachusetts - Annie’s Homegrown Inc., the nation’s leading brand of natural and organic macaroni and cheese, established the Environmental Studies Scholarship Program, which awards twenty-five $1000 scholarships annually to students studying environmental science at U.S. colleges and universities.

The Environmental Studies Scholarship Program is awarded to students who share Annie’s advocacy for the Earth and are enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year technical or college program focusing on classes in the environmental studies field. In order to be considered, these students are asked to submit an essay, official high school or college transcript and two letters of reference. Applications for the Scholarship program are accepted throughout the year and there is no application deadline.

"Annie’s is proud to award scholarship money to hard working and deserving individuals striving to better themselves and the earth by obtaining an education in the field of environmental studies." said Paul Nardone, President and CEO of Annie’s.

In the past 6 months Annie’s has awarded 13 scholarships to exemplary environmental students around the country. Each student has proven to be a valuable asset to both their community and their surrounding environment, and Annie’s is proud to have the opportunity to reward such students. Listed below are 8 of the most recent recipients.

Alicia Peden from Ithaca, NY is studying at Cornell where she is interested in the intersection of agricultural and environment concerns. In addition to attending Cornell, she interned with the United States Department of Energy’s Environmental Programs Group at Argonne Laboratories in Argonne, Illinois and also with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her ultimate goal is to "provide a voice for those environmental concerns which are largely unacknowledged simply because they are rural, and to devise solutions that address community as well as environmental needs."

Ana Cordova also from Ithaca, NY is a PhD. student at Cornell University and is studying Natural Resource Policy and Management. In addition to attending Cornell, Ana participated in a curbside recycling program in Chihuahua, Mexico, facilitated discussions between hospital Administrators and government officials to develop adequate biological waste management strategies, and also organized a conference and trade show on green building techniques. Ana is currently working on her dissertation on evaluating the feasibility of implementing large-scale dry sanitation programs in urban areas.

Erik Foley from Somerville, MA is a senior at UMass Boston studying English with a minor in Environmental studies. In addition to attending UMass, Erik is the President of the Universities environmental club, writes for the campus newspaper’s first ever "green" column and also was involved in the campus’ recycling/sustainability program "UMBe Green". Erik is seen as a valuable asset to his campus, community and Environmental Program.

Jason Sandahl from Corvallis, OR is a PhD. student at Oregon State University in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Jason’s doctoral research combines basic and applied ecotoxicology to better understand the influence of specific aquatic pollutants on threatened and endangered salmon species in the Pacific Northwest. His career goal is to work internationally as an environmental toxicologist with the USAID, or similar organization, focusing on agricultural development and wildlife conservation issues

Jessica Yorzinski from Ithaca, NY is going to be a freshman at Cornell University and is interested in studying the environment. In addition to being accepted to Cornell, she revived her high school’s environmental club and organized activities such as an ozone study, river clean-ups, recycling within the school and she is even trying to begin a composting system in the cafeteria. Jessica interned in the Environmental Studies Department of Williams College for a summer and she also traveled to British Colombia to learn about coastal temperate rainforests and fisheries.

Meredith Dowling from Atlanta, GA is going to be a freshman at Oberlin College this upcoming fall. In addition to her acceptance to Oberlin, Meredith was a student representative to the Green Team, her school’s parent/student/faculty environmental organization. She helped start the school’s compost pile and has made valuable contributions to the schools recycling program. All the while Meredith has kept a close to flawless transcript and has managed to be an inspiration to her fellow classmates and community.

Robyn Smith of New Haven, CT is in the Master of Environmental Management program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, focusing on Ecosystem Science and Management and Industrial Environmental Management. In addition to attending Yale, Robyn has built trails as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the rainforests of Madagascar, and has led disadvantaged teenagers on five-week wilderness expeditions through the Colorado wilderness. Robyn is focusing her studies around the interdisciplinary fields of industrial ecology (IE) and environmental education.

Serena Coltrane-Briscoe from Santa Rosa, CA is a student at UC Santa Cruz and is studying Environmental Studies. In addition to attending Santa Cruz, Serena participates in a group that provides information on genetic engineering and one that plants community gardens working to create "sustainable, local food systems." Serena is also interested in Latin American studies, and her career goal is to work in environmental policy, particularly in land use and planning.

For more information on eligibility requirements and an application form contact: Annie's Homegrown, Environmental Scholarship Information, P.O. Box 554, Wakefield, MA 01880.

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