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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


Hana Tabit of Westport Earns 2018 WRWA Merit Scholarship


This year’s Westport River Watershed Alliance merit award winner is Bishop Stang High School Senior Hana Tabit of Westport.  Hana has a love of science and an interest in finding solutions to pressing environmental issues.  Hana is also interested in passing on the environmental lessons she has learned to the next generation of students.  She is planning on attending college this fall, but has not yet made her choice of school.

Hana’s essay was a reflection on growing up near the Westport River, pleasant recollections featuring aquatic wildlife and beautiful scenery.   She writes, “As organizations such as WRWA continue to dig deeply into the cause and effects of water pollution, it becomes increasingly evident that it is critically important to keep our water clean in order to preserve the quality of our lives.”

WRWA offers a $1000 merit award for graduating seniors living in the watershed area, which includes Dartmouth, Fall River, Freetown, and Westport in Massachusetts, and Little Compton and Tiverton in Rhode Island. The merit award offers an opportunity for us to honor a student who has demonstrated a concern for protection of our watershed environment.

The Westport River Watershed Alliance Merit Award was created to celebrate the lives of William and Ruth Heath and Margo C. Boote.  William and Ruth Heath were committed to environmental issues and protection of the natural world, as well as to social justice, global peace and harmony. Margo C. Boote was very involved in her community and the world around her.  She not only portrayed an active commitment to the environmental mission in her actions, but also had a deep spiritual connection with the environment as was shown in her poetry.