The Chesapeake Bay Trust is currently seeking applications and nominations for its 2016 annual scholarship and awards program. Launched in 1998, the Trust’s Annual Awards Program honors students, teachers, individuals, communities, businesses and organizations for their work to promote education, improve local communities and help restore the Chesapeake Bay. Currently the Trust is soliciting applications for six awards: Teacher of the Year, Student of the Year, Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship, Ellen Fraites Wagner Award, the Melanie Teems Award and the Commercial Stewards Award. The winners of the Honorable Arthur Dorman and Student of the Year awards will receive $5,000 scholarships and the Teacher of the Year will be awarded a $2,500 grant to support environmental education at his or her school.
The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, December 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm and all must be applied for online. All applicants must be residents of Maryland and can complete the application or be nominated by someone. The winners will be announced during the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Legislative Reception to be held on January 14, 2016 and must be able to attend the event. For complete details and to submit an online application, visit www.cbtrust.org.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s 2016 Awards Program includes:
Teacher of the Year
Awarded to a Maryland educator who has shown an outstanding commitment to environmental education, who motivates and inspires students, and serves as a respected resource to colleagues and community leaders. The winner will receive a $2,500 grant to support environmental education work.
Student of the Year Scholarship
Awarded to a Maryland high school or college student who motivates and inspires others and participates in efforts to improve the local environment and/or community. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award.
Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship
Recognizes a Maryland high school or college student of color who motivates and inspires others and participates in efforts to improve the local environment and/or the community. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award.
Ellen Fraites Wagner Award
Recognizes an individual who works to improve the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, motivates and inspires others by promoting environmental awareness and leads restoration efforts.
Melanie Teems Award
Honors a project or program that engages citizens in efforts to improve the environment, serves as a model for other organizations, and uses the resources of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
Commercial Stewards Award
Recognizes an outstanding corporate or commercial entity that strives to make a difference in the community and has made a significant contribution to Bay restoration and protection.