2020 Cooch Environmental Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Cole C. Palmer of Greenwood, Delaware!

Cole Palmer is the 2020 recipient of the Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship presented by the Christina Conservancy’s Board of Directors thanks to a fund established to honor one of its founders. Cole will be attending Delaware State University in the fall to study natural resources and fisheries management, after graduating from its Early College High School this spring.

Cole has an impressive academic record that includes college credits in Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science along with stellar grades and test scores.  He also has extensive volunteer experience, including stream sampling with the Delaware Nature Society, assisting USDA biologists with wildlife management (photo), cleaning up local waterways, and conducting fish surveys with DNREC.  Both his coursework and volunteer work demonstrate a deep commitment to and passion for the environment that started when he was a young child.

Please join us in recognizing Cole Palmer and honoring Edward W. Cooch, Jr. who was an avid environmentalist with a deep passion for the natural lands and water resources of the State of Delaware.  Each year starting in 2012 this $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a student recognized by the scholarship committee who demonstrates the ideals that Ned Cooch carried out in his daily life.  For more information on the scholarship, Cole’s award, and past scholarship participants see http://www.christinaconservancy.org/scholarship/edward-w-cooch-jr-scholarship/.

To donate to the scholarship fund contact the ChristinaConservancyInc@gmail.com.

Thank You 2020 Cleanup Sponsors!

The Christina Conservancy thanks the following sponsors of the Christina River Watershed Cleanup in 2020:

INC Now
Agilent
Artesian Water
Delaware City Refinery
Sallie Mae
Delmarva Power
New Castle Conservation District
RK&K
Keogh Contracting Company
Delaware Disc Golf
NSDAR Cooch’s Bridge Chapter

Although the April 4, 2020 Cleanup was canceled, we’re already looking ahead to 2021 and greatly appreciate your support!  Please check back later this year for additional information about the 2021 Christina River Watershed Cleanup here on the Christina Conservancy website or the Christina River Watershed Cleanup website.

2020 Cooch Environmental Scholarship – Apply by April 15

2020 Scholarship Guidelines

The Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship fund was established to honor the late Edward W. Cooch, Jr. (1920-2010).  “Ned”, as many knew him, was an avid environmentalist with a deep passion for the natural lands and water resources of the State of Delaware.  He was a founder of the Christina Conservancy, one of the driving forces for the Christina River Watershed Cleanup, and an active member of the Delaware community who demonstrated a deep commitment to the natural environment.

This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one Delaware resident selected by the scholarship committee who demonstrates the ideals that Ned Cooch carried out in his daily life.  Applications are due by Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Notification of the winner will take place by the end of May and the Scholarship will be awarded in June 2020. Click here for full scholarship guidelines and application instructions.

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