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Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship

2019 Scholarship Guidelines

The Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship fund has been established to honor the late Edward W. Cooch, Jr. (1920-2010). “Ned” as many of us knew him, was an avid environmentalist with a deep passion for the natural lands and water resources of the State of Delaware. In 1982 Ned was one of the founders of the Christina Conservancy which promotes the preservation and restoration of the natural and historic resources of the Christina River Watershed. Ned was one of the driving forces and an inspiration for the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, which was started in 1992, and has removed hundreds of tons of trash from the watershed. Ned was an active member of the Delaware community and demonstrated a deep commitment to the natural environment.

This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one student, selected by the scholarship committee, who demonstrates the ideals that Ned Cooch carried out in his daily life.

1. Must be applying to a properly accredited community college, college, or university for the fall semester 2019;
2. Must be a Delaware resident;
3. Must be a senior in a Delaware high school or veteran of the U.S. armed services;
4. Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or greater;
5. Must major in an environmental field of study;
6. Must demonstrate a strong interest in water resources and the environment (example: participate in river cleanups, engage in school Eco-club projects, elect to take environmental classes, etc.).

Selection Criteria
The recipient should possess a passionate interest in preserving, restoring and conserving water resources and the natural environment. This will be clearly communicated through described academic and career goals.

All applications and supporting materials must be received by the Christina Conservancy Scholarship Committee at either the email address or mailing address listed below no later than Monday, April 15, 2019. Word and/or PDF files sent by email will be accepted by the due date.

Links to application forms:

MS-WORD: 2019 Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Scholarship Application Form

PDF: 2019 Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Scholarship Application Form

Email Word or PDF files to:

Mail to:
Christina Conservancy Scholarship Committee
C/O Cooch Scholarship Committee Chairperson
1201 Orange Street, Suite 640
Wilmington, DE 19801

For questions or more information please contact:
Martha C. Narvaez
Email or by phone 302-831-4931

The recipient will be chosen by the Christina Conservancy Scholarship Committee. The Committee does not discriminate by age, race, color, national origin, disability, creed, or gender. Family members of the Scholarship Committee are not eligible. The decision of the Committee is final.

Notification of the winner will take place by the end of May 2019. The Scholarship will be awarded in June 2019.

To donate to the scholarship fund click on the link below:
Contact the Christina Conservancy to Contribute to the Cooch Scholarship

2018 Cooch Environmental Scholarship Award

2018 Cooch Scholarship

Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Education Scholarship winners. L to R: Karen Deming, Michele Tracy, Samantha Tracy, Lauren McNulty, Owen McNulty, and Joanne Rufft


The Christina Conservancy presented its 2018 Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Education Scholarships to Lauren McNulty of Lincoln and Samantha Tracy of Lewes.  The scholarships were awarded in memory of the late John Deming who served the Christina Conservancy Board for more than 20 years.

McNulty is a 2018 graduate of Milford Senior High School, where in addition to outstanding academic success she spent more than 700 hours volunteering at the DuPont Nature Center in Milford. Lauren plans to major in Marine Biology and Wildlife Conservation in college.

Samantha Tracy is a 2018 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School. Her involvement in the Green Club at Cape Henlopen High School had her collecting recycling and volunteering at beach cleanups. She plans to major in Marine Science at the University of Delaware.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Judge Richard Cooch at the family’s historic residence at Cooch’s Bridge, on Old Baltimore Pike, in Newark, Delaware. Judge Cooch told the gathering about his father who was a lifelong environmentalist who championed the Christina River and land preservation. Cooch spoke of the rich history of the property and Cooch’s Bridge dating back to 1746, including the popularly held belief that the Betsy Ross American flag was first flown in battle at the Revolutionary War Battle of Cooch’s Bridge in 1777.

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