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
This year’s merit award winner, Julianna Martin, is senior from the north part of the watershed, East Freetown. Julianna currently attends Apponequet Regional High School and she plans to attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall as a marine biology major. Julianna is passionate about learning about animals and their behavior. She is interested in studying how to come up with solutions to support sustainable ecosystems. In Julianna’s essay she wrote” Protecting watersheds is extremely important because although sources of pollution may not be directly in contact with a body of water, it still drains to these places. The pollution in these water bodies affects more than just fresh water ecosystems that are homes for aquatic life- it also affects the resources that we use for drinking water, recreational activities and even our well water.”
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 and 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.