2019 Cooch Environmental Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Isabella Leishear from Cape Henlopen High School!

Isabella is the 2019 recipient of the Edward W. Cooch, Jr. Environmental Scholarship, thanks to a fund established to honor the late Edward W. Cooch, Jr. (1920-2010). Isabella is a 2019 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School and will be studying Environmental Studies at the University of Delaware. In addition to an exceptional academic career, Isabella demonstrated a true passion for the environment through her volunteer activities with the Center for the Inland Bays, the Nature Conservancy and her leadership in starting an environmental protection animal rights club.

“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 he was one of the founders of the Christina Conservancy and one of the driving forces and an inspiration for starting the Christina River Watershed Cleanup in 1992, which 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.

Each year starting in 2012 this $1,500 scholarship has been awarded to one student, selected by the scholarship committee, who demonstrated the ideals that Ned Cooch carried out in his daily life. This scholarship is typically awarded in the spring to a Delaware high school student or veteran applying to a properly accredited community college, college, or university for the following fall semester majoring in an environmental field of study.

For additional information about the scholarship and how to apply click here.

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