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WRWA Awards 3 Merit Scholarships






This year the Watershed Alliance awarded three $1,000 merit scholarships to local High School Seniors. The awards go to George Bancroft, a Dartmouth resident who attends Bristol County Agricultural High School, Connor Brown from Westport High School, and Aidan Corey, a Westport resident who is graduating from Bishop Connolly High School.

The merit award offers an opportunity for WRWA to honor a student who has demonstrated commitment to protecting our watershed environment. “This year, we had so many deserving scholarship applicants that we felt we should try to give more than one,” according to Shelli Costa, WRWA Education Director.  All three recipients have either volunteered for the Watershed Alliance or benefitted from the education programs the
organization provides.

The sentiments of the applicants can be summed up by a quote from the submitted essay by Connor Brown, “As humans, our effect on the aquatic ecosystems can be either positive or
negative; therefore, we need to consider how our actions
impact the world around us.  WRWA community based educational programs and school based research programs are key in teaching students the importance of protecting our local water systems and keeping Westport a beautiful coastal community.”

Bancroft will be attending UMASS Amherst in the fall with plans to become a wildlife biologist.  Brown is enrolled at the University of South Carolina, where he will pursue an advanced degree in Biology, and Corey will be studying at the University of New Hampshire with hopes of becoming a Biology teacher, or working for an environmental agency.

The Westport River Watershed Alliance Merit Award was created to celebrate the lives of William and Ruth Heath and Margo C. Boote, who were committed to environmental issues and protection of the natural world, as well as to social justice and global peace.


WRWA Merit Scholarships

We are pleased to offer one $1,000 scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors in the Westport River watershed: Fall River, Dartmouth, Freetown, Westport, Little Compton, and Tiverton.  The award was made possible by the generosity of the late Margot C. Boote, and in memory of Ruth and Bill Heath who were active in protecting the environment.

The merit award applications are available by clicking the link below or by calling the WRWA office at 508-636-3016. Local high schools also have applications on file at their guidance department office. All applications are due to WRWA  (PO Box 3427, Westport, MA 02790) no later than April 1.  The Alliance has a proud record of environmental stewardship and has expressed  its commitment to carry on this tradition.  The merit awards offer an opportunity to honor students who have demonstrated a passion for learning about and protecting the watershed environment. MERIT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION