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Valley Environmental Services to award $500 scholarships

April 23, 2002|STAFF REPORT

Valley Environmental Services has announced it will be awarding $500 environmental science and engineering scholarships to two graduating seniors from any Imperial Valley high school.

"We are extremely pleased to be offering these scholarships this year," said Lee Hindman, Valley Environmental Services community relations manager.

"It is one of the ways we are encouraging young people to become involved in the countywide recycling effort."

The awards will be disbursed upon verification of enrollment in 12 or more units at a university, community college, trade or technical school no later than fall 2002.

Recipients must have a high school cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 and satisfactorily completed two years of high school-level science courses (physics, chemistry, biology or general science) prior to graduation.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the quality of an original 500- to 700-word essay that should focus on one of the following themes:

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· a global pollution problem with elaboration on the status of the problem and a proposal for a solution that will enhance our quality of life;

· an environmental waste problem (hazardous, industrial, consumer, etc.) with elaboration on the status of the problem and a proposal for solutions that will enhance our quality of life;

· research into sources of energy that are environmentally safe and economically feasible and development of a plan of implementation to use them in the United States;

· a plan for the Imperial Valley to reduce the number of vehicles operating with combustion engines;

· a discussion of how the student plans to use his/her education to improve our environment.

Essays will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee of science teachers that will make the selections based upon the topic, its research, originality and creativity.

Essays must be submitted by 5 p.m. May 24 to Berta Walder, director of curriculum, Central Union High School District, 351 Ross Ave., El Centro, CA 92243.

Additional information on the scholarships may be obtained by calling Valley Environmental Services at 355-0004.

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