Accepting Applications for Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship

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

Jacob Crooks (right), 2019 recipient of the Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship

For the past eighteen 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, eighteen $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 Jacob Crooks. Jacob expressed his sincere gratitude for the award. “Growing up in an area where people care so much about their watershed has truly inspired me. I want it to be my core mission in life to ensure that future generations have clean water to drink and recreate in. Being selected for the SYRCL scholarship means, for me, that I can get one step closer to my future career in having a major impact on the watershed.”

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 19, 2020.

Scholarship Details:

Nevada Joint Union High School District scholarship applications are due to the District Scholarship Coordinator, Donna Nies, January 19, 2020. 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:
Donna Nies, District Scholarship Coordinator
Nevada Joint Union High School | 530-273-4431 ext. 2044

Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship Recipients

2019: Jacob Crooks  |  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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