Accepting Applications for Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship

Now Accepting Applications for SYRCL’s Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship

2018 Environmentalist of the Year recipient, Anya Cooper-Hynell

For the past seventeen years, SYRCL has been proud to offer a four-year college scholarship to a graduating high school senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the environment. Since 2002, seventeen $4,000 scholarships have been awarded.

Funds for the scholarship are raised during our annual Quiz Night: Brains of Nevada County event. This next year, Quiz Night is scheduled for March 8, 2019.

“Investing in our community’s youth is a priority at SYRCL. We take pride in offering this scholarship to support outstanding young people committed to making a positive impact. It is a joy to see young people, inspired by our local environment, who want to use their education to lead, effect change, and seek solutions to some of today’s most pressing environmental challenges,” says Melinda Booth, SYRCL Executive Director.

In June, we awarded the scholarship to Anya Cooper-Hynell. Anya expressed her sincere gratitude for the award. “Our community and my love for the river has created my sole purpose of protecting this river and all other nature for everyone to love like I have. Being selected for the SYRCL scholarship for me, means that an organization which I admire believes in me to help make a difference. This gives me both motivation and hope for my future of being an environmental guardian.”

We encourage local high school seniors within the Nevada Joint Union High School district to apply. Applications are now being accepted and are due January 16, 2019.

Scholarship Details:

Nevada Joint Union High School District scholarship applications are due to the District Scholarship Coordinator, Kimala DeSena, January 16, 2019. Please find the Scholarship Application here: Please note,  SYRCL’s scholarship is listed as a District Scholarship.


SYRCL’s ENVIRONMENTALIST OF THE YEAR SCHOLARSHIP: Minimum 3.5 G.P.A. In addition to your personal statement, please include a 1-page double-spaced essay with the following prompt: “How has living in the Yuba or Bear River Watershed influenced the future direction of your life? How do you wish to make a difference in the world based on your life in these watersheds?”  SYRCL’s Environmentalist of the Year recipient will receive $1,000 per year for 4 years for tuition at an accredited college or university. Applicants must demonstrate community leadership, extra-curricular activity, environmental volunteerism, and interest in pursuing a degree related to the environment. Need is not a consideration in awarding this scholarship except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications. Preference will be given to students with a history of volunteering at SYRCL, but is not required to receive this award.

Questions? Contact:
Kimala DeSena, District Scholarship Coordinator
11645 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945  |  530-273-3351 x 224  |  530-273-4431 x 2038

Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship Recipients

2018: Anya Cooper-Hynell  |  2017: Junet Bedayn  |  2016: Delphine Giffith
2015: Evan DesJardins  |  2014:  Sean Anderson  |  2013:  Anna Weixelman
2012:  Luz Brown  |  2011:  Jade Won Golder  |  2010:  Anna Daggett
2009:  Hannah Limov  |  2008:  Anna Harris  |  2007:  April McGrath  |  2006:  Liana Campus
2005:  Nate Rosenbloom  |  2004:  Myfanwy Rowlands  |  2003:  Alexis Bloom  |  2002:  Joan Dudney


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