Students invited to apply for annual Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship

Deadline to apply for the 2015 Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship is April 15, 2015.

Left to right:  'Conrad Rice, Science Teacher, Wilmington Charter School, Jeffrey Chang, Joanne Rufft

Science teacher Conrad Rice joined 2014 scholarship winner Jeffrey Chang of Wilmington Charter School as he accepted his award from Christina Conservancy board member Joanne Rufft.


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 $1,000 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 junior college, college, or university for the fall semester 2015;
  2. Must be a Delaware resident;
  3. Must be a senior in a Delaware high school or returning 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 an interest in the environment (example: participate in cleanups, engage in school Eco-club projects, elect to take environmental classes).

Selection Criteria

The recipient will have a strong interest in the natural environment and water resources and will have demonstrated this interest through engagement in the community in these areas.  The recipient will clearly communicate academic and career goals as it relates to the natural environment and water resources.  The scholarship will be awarded to a student with a grade point average of 3.0 or greater.

Please note: Recipients agree to the release of his or her name and a photo for publicity purposes.


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 April 15, 2015. Word and/or PDF files sent by email will be accepted by the due date.

Email Word or PDF files to: jrufft@artesianwater.com

Mail to: Christina Conservancy Scholarship Committee c/o Joanne Rufft, 202 Brecks Lane, Wilmington, DE 19807

For questions or more information please contact:

Joanne Rufft at 302-453-7144 or jrufft@artesianwater.com


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.

To apply for the scholarship click on the link below to download the application: 2015 Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship Scholarship Guidelines and Application – MS Word or Adobe PDF

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