Are you a high school student who is considering post secondary education in environmental or conservation related studies? Staff at Kawartha Conservation want to help you succeed.
Through fundraising efforts, we are providing a bursary of $500 each year to a graduating high school student.
To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:
- Live within or attend a high school that falls within the Kawartha Conservation watershed.
- Be a graduating, full-time student who is pursuing post secondary education in the field of environmental or conservation studies at a post-secondary institution. These disciplines include, but are not limited to, Geography, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environmental, Surface or Groundwater Studies, and Environmental Engineering.
- Can demonstrate a personal interest in the environment through prior community activity, or community service.
- Have achieved a good academic standing in the current school year.
- Not be an immediate family member of a Kawartha Conservation staff or members of our Board of Directors.
Interested applicants are welcome to submit the following documents in person or by regular post mail on or before the application deadline:
- Completed Application Form
- One letter of support or recommendation from a teacher, guidance counsellor or principal
- Additional letters of recommendation or support from organizations that have benefited from the volunteer work of the applicant are welcomed
- Most recent official academic transcript from attending secondary school
- Proof of acceptance into accredited post-secondary institution
- A brief covering letter indicating why the applicant is interested in pursuing an education in the environmental field and any past environmental program involvement
- A 500 word essay detailing a local environmental issue of the applicant's choice.
A volunteer committee comprised of Kawartha Conservation staff members and a representative from at least one academic institution will review the applications. Preference will be given to the student who demonstrates community and / or school involvement in environmental and conservation issues. The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in the intended program of study before the funds will be awarded. If possible, the award will be presented at the graduation ceremony of the successful applicant.
2013 Bursary Recipient - Leigh Cogar
Leigh Cogar is the recipient of this year's Youth Environmental Bursary, receiving 0 during her graduation on June 27.
Ms. Cogar is a resident of Bobcaygeon and a student at I.E. Weldon Secondary School. She was included on the Honour Roll, and achieved academic standing on the Principal's List.
Ms. Cogar has volunteered many hours with Gamiing Nature Centre and I.E. Weldon's Me To We Team.
2012 Bursary Recipient - Abby Follett
Abby Follett received the 0 Youth Environmental Bursary established through fundraising efforts by Kawartha Conservation staff. The award was presented during the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School graduation ceremony on June 28.
Abby, who is beginning studies in Environmental Science at Trent University, has volunteered for many environmental initiatives, including:
- Earth Day cleanups
- Omemee and District Horticultural plantings
- The Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program (through the Fleming College Fish Hatchery)
- Trans Canada Trail cleanups,and
- The creation of native gardens on school grounds.
Congratulations from the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors and team!