Hackensack Riverkeeper Now Accepting Applications

For 2006 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship

 

Applications are being accepted for the 2006 Ron Vellekamp Environ-mental Scholarship. Now in its sixth year, the program was created in 2001 to support college-bound high school seniors who maintain excellent grades and who show a strong commitment to the environment.

The guidance departments of every high school in the Hackensack River watershed, which lies in parts of three counties (Rockland in New York; and Bergen and Hudson in New Jersey), are invited to nominate one of their students for the scholarship.

 

Guidance counselors or faculty advisors can submit applications on behalf of any student they feel should be considered. A panel that includes Captain Bill Sheehan, executive director of Hackensack Riverkeeper, Trustees and staff will review each application. In deciding upon a winner, the panel will consider each applicantís academic achievements, environmental extra-curricular activities and future plans. The $1,000 scholarship is unrestricted and can be used for the purchase of books or other educational materials during the studentís first year in college.

 

Timothy den Herder Thomas of Jersey City was the 2005 scholarship winner.While enrolled at High Tech High School in North Bergen, Thomas helped develop an environmental science curriculum for his high school and led his Envirothon team to victory in that statewide environmental science competition. Thomas recently completed his first semester at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is majoring in urban planning and environmental law.

 

Application criteria are available at www.HackensackRiverkeeper.org or by calling Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2006. The winner will be announced on June 1.

 

Established in 2001 through the generosity of one of Hackensack Riverkeeperís Trustees, the Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship is maintained today by her continuing support and that of the family of the late Mr. Vellekamp, a native of Tenafly, NJ. A Ridgefield High School teacher, he also served as a part-time ranger at Palisades Interstate Park, a Scout leader and a trustee of Hackensack Riverkeeper.

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