The EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 to assist qualified applicants who are attending a college or university (in CT or out of state) and have declared majors pertinent to the environmental field. The scholarships are awarded annually to junior, senior, and graduate level students (full or part-time) enrolled in accepted programs of study leading the student to become a Technical Environmental Professional in the State of Connecticut as defined by the CT DEEP, or a professional in a related service discipline who may render technical assistance to the Technical Environmental Professional. EPOC would like to express its thanks to all the students applying for a scholarship this year. At a recent meeting of the EPOC Scholarship Fund Committee, this year’s scholarship winner was voted on and approved. We extend our congratulations to:
Summer Elizabeth Stebbins
Summer is a resident of Middletown and is pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental GIS at Unity College in Unity, Maine. One of Summer’s professors submitted, “I was deeply impressed by Ms. Stebbins written work and analytical abilities. I wholeheartedly support Ms. Stebbins for a scholarship as she is a high-performing student who will be critical to have as a strong professional in environmental sciences. Currently she is working at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station as a GIS Analyst/Aquatic Biologist for the Invasive Aquatic Plant Program. She hopes to be a GIS Analyst with projects such as this after earning her master’s degree at Unity College.” Summer stated in her application, “I plan on pursuing research on lakes and ponds in Connecticut using GIS. As a scientist and a TEP, I know how important it is to collect data on our state’s lakes, ponds, and soils, but I also know that it is critical to use this data to improve public understanding. I am applying for this scholarship because I want to continue my career as an environmental professional in Connecticut, and a scholarship from EPOC is the exact support that I need.”
The EPOC Scholarship Fund is financed through the support of EPOC programs, proceeds from golf tournaments, and direct contributions from individuals and companies. EPOC is a non-profit organization, and as such, contributions to the Scholarship Fund are tax deductible for most firms. Unlike many other organizations, 100% of your contributions go in the EPOC Scholarship Fund. A committee of volunteers who support its goals and ideals manages the fund. For further information, please visit our website at www.epoc.org/scholarship.