2021 Cooch Environmental Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Madeline Messer of Wilmington, Delaware!

On June 8, the Christina Conservancy Board of Directors awarded the 2021 Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship to Madeline Messer.  A senior at the Charter School in Wilmington, Messer will attend Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to study Environmental Engineering with a focus on Environmental Justice.

In addition to an outstanding academic record that includes an impressive array of coursework, grades and test scores, Messer has demonstrated her devotion to the environment with an independent study focusing on conservation that includes volunteer work at the Delaware Nature Society (among other volunteer activities).  She has experienced first-hand the beauty of the Christina River and the need to protect it from pollution as a rower and counselor/mentor with the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association.

Please join us in recognizing Madeline Messer 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 and past awardees see http://www.christinaconservancy.org/scholarship/edward-w-cooch-jr-scholarship/.

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

 

2021 Christina Cleanup Campaign Extended to May 15!

The Christina River Watershed Cleanup is an opportunity for volunteers to work with local organizations to remove man-made debris from this beautiful watershed. Trash on the ground in neighborhoods, parks and natural areas eventually makes its way into rivers, streams, and the ocean if not picked up. Last year’s cleanup was canceled due to the pandemic. This year the cleanup is back but with a virtual twist, all month long in April and into May! Join the virtual cleanup campaign from April 1st to May 15, 2021 with the freedom to select when and where your household participates.

Visit www.ChristinaRiverCleanup.org for information on how to volunteer. 

2021 Cooch Environmental Scholarship – Apply by April 15

2021 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 Thursday, April 15, 2021. 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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