2023 Environmentalist of the Year Award

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The application period for 2023 is open!
Deadline: February 24, 2023

The Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship is offered each year to a graduating high school senior pursuing a degree in an environmental field (science, advocacy, education, art, communication, technology, sustainability, etc.). We have offered this $4,000 scholarship ($1,000/year for four years) annually to local students since 2002.


  • You must be a resident of either Nevada County, Yuba County, or Sierra County
  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Commitment to pursue an environmentally-related degree
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one of which is from a teacher, coach, or mentor)
  • Demonstrated community leadership, extra-curricular activity, environmental volunteerism
  • Need is a consideration in awarding this scholarship
  • Preference will be given to students with a history of volunteering at SYRCL, but is not required to receive this award

Letters of Recommendation should be sent to monique@yubariver.org

Questions? Contact SYRCL’s River Education Manager, Monique Streit, at monique@yubariver.org or give her a call at (530) 265-5961 ext. 218

Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship Recipients

2022: Vanessa Richards | 2021: Skyler Meinholz | 2020: Amelia Heinritz  |  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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