Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New Scholarship just announced!

Hi Global Family!
Falcon here. We hope you had a great Spring Break and Easter holiday. Now, it's back to work, and I have information on a new scholarship that is available to Pennsylvania Seniors and those already in college majoring in areas that focus on Environmental Sciences. Good luck!

Also, I know this is Official College Announcement Week, so for those of you who just found out if you have been accepted to the university of your choice...congratulations!!! If you didn't get in, don't sweat it; there are lots of excellent schools out there, and there are always other options. The sun will still rise tomorrow, and you are much too talented to be thwarted by one admissions committee, right?

Smile through it, and don't think it's the end of the world. Regardless of what your parents, guidance counselors, and friends may say...there are more important things in the world. The important part is that you find your passions and find a way to get the proper training and support to make your dreams come true. There is only one you, and you are here for a special reason. Find it, and don't let anyone get you down.

Now, on to that new scholarship...
The Wyona Coleman Scholarship

The Sierra Club - PA Chapter has established the Wyona Coleman Scholarship Fund, which will offer one, (1) $1,000 scholarship for the 2008-09 school year. (There will be more next year).

Wyona Coleman spent her childhood on a farm, and developed a love of the outdoors early on. She joined the environmental movement during the first Earth Day, 1970 and was instrumental in starting her own Sierra Club Group and then the Pennsylvania Chapter.

Her concern about surface mining destroying farms and forests led to her work on the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, which was passed in 1977.
When emphasis changed from surface mining to longwall mining in southwestern Pennsylvania, she organized the Tri State Citizens Mining Network (now the Center for Coalfield Justice).

Wyona’s other love was reading. As a librarian, she held learning in high esteem. It is a fitting tribute to her memory to encourage students to pursue environmental education.

The scholarship is open to all Pennsylvania residents who are seniors in high school or above and accepted or enrolled into any college-level program in environmental studies.
Applicants should have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

Applications can be down loaded from the Sierra Club’s Web site at: http://Pennsylvania.sierraclub.org/

Applications should include:

1. A letter of application indicating the student’s academic record, contact information, and a copy of the acceptance letter for high school seniors.
2. Two letters of support: one academic and the other from a community group in which the applicant has done volunteer work, and

3. A 300-word essay on how the student intends to use their environmental education to protect the environment.

Applications are due May 15 and should be submitted electronically to:
pennsylvania.chapter@sierraclub.orgPlease place the word “Scholarship” in the subject line.

The scholarship will be awarded by May 30, 2008.

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