The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD) in Redlands, CA recently awarded $10,000 (five scholarships totaling $2,000 each) to Inland Empire students looking to pursue higher education in environmental sciences, natural resources management, agriculture, and related fields.
After careful evaluation from a multiorganizational scholarship review committee, which consisted of partners from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), San Bernardino County Museum, and the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, IERCD’s Board of Directors approved the five selected candidates at their June 11th Board Meeting.
“I feel very thankful to have been a part of this year’s scholarship review committee,” writes Jessika Vázquez, San Bernardino County Museum Curator of Integrated Sciences. “I was extremely impressed with the accomplishments that these students have achieved and their evident passion for the environment. Our future looks bright!”
The IERCD has been offering the Conservation Scholarship annually, since 2017, to high school seniors and college undergraduates living within IERCD’s district boundaries who are committed to the preservation of natural resources. Students were selected based on academics, leadership roles, extracurricular activities, financial need, and obvious passion for preserving and protecting natural resources. Among this year’s applicants were students ranging from Banning to Montclair, with an array of interests in environmentally focused careers - from botany and molecular biology to environmental economics and policy.
This year’s five scholarship winners are:
Adrian Rios is a Cal Poly Pomona student majoring in Environmental Science. He found out about the Scholarship through IERCD’s Instagram account, which the District utilizes to promote their community programs and natural resource projects. He writes, “I am grateful for being selected to receive IERCD's Conservation and Agriculture Scholarship. I plan to utilize this scholarship to continue my undergraduate education and achieve my future goals. I advocate for sustainable community-based agriculture, wildlife conservation, and environmental justice.”
Andre Marquez is a graduating high school senior who was recently accepted into UC Santa Barbara. He plans to study Environmental Science. Adrian has maintained a strong interest in Marine Biology since childhood, and it’s because of this interest that his counselor at San Bernardino High School recommended that he apply for the IERCD Scholarship. In Adrian’s essay to IERCD he wrote about the importance of people understanding how their decisions and actions affect the environment. Upon being awarded the Scholarship, Adrian wrote, “Strive for the best in life and you’ll accomplish any goal.”
Cindy Corhiran is graduating from Rancho Cucamonga High School. She plans to major in Environmental Science at UC Davis. As the Environmental Club president, she advocates for preserving nature for posterity. Cindy writes, “Our relationship with the Earth is one we must protect and with this scholarship, I can further my education and help preserve our lovely home. I am very grateful and honored to receive this award.”
Jazmine Colon is a graduating Banning High School senior who was recently accepted to UC Berkeley, where she plans to study Environmental Economics and Policy. She spent her senior year of high school advocating for Meatless Mondays. In her essay submitted to IERCD, she explains, “In the future, I plan to represent the 36th Congressional District. Amongst others, environmental conservation will be one of my policy concentrations…. If I can create a difference as a high school senior, I know that graduating from UC Berkeley with an Environmental Economics degree will only increase my influence.”
Yazmin Sanchez is a graduating Montclair High School senior planning to study Environmental Science at UC Riverside. In her essay to IERCD, she wrote “By majoring in Environmental Science, I want to become more aware of the environment around me and what I can do to make it better. I will be able to spread my knowledge to others so they can do their part as well.”
IERCD will continue to offer the Conservation Scholarship Program in Spring 2021. Interested students can find more information at iercd.org/scholarship.
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