For a second year, the Friends of the Boyne River have decided to give two scholarships because the applicants are so outstanding.
Ann Durbin is a student in Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College. This residential college within MSU provides a liberal arts education combined with an in-depth science education. She is aiming toward a degree in environmental conservation so she can have a career in an area such as aquatic biology. Her recommendations from her chemistry instructor state that she is one of the “top students” and that she shows an interest and passion in studying the Great Lakes Basin and finding ways to improve the environment.
Kat Crowley received our scholarship last year. She is still an outstanding student and can receive our scholarship for a second year. Her recommendations continue to be amazing. This past year, Kat was a Junior at Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College but was taking graduate level seminars in Fisheries and Wildlife along with masters and doctoral students. She has traveled to the Galapagos Islands to study their fisheries and presented her research to the President and Provost of MSU at a scholarship banquet. She has visited the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador and studied marine iguanas. She has worked for Trout Unlimited as a stream technician and because she had previous experience with flow monitoring when she was helping the FoBR, she was a team leader for the project. Last summer she was an intern with the DEQ’s Office of the Great Lakes to help revise their Water Strategy plan and continues to work there. She will be graduating next spring and is planning on continuing for a Master’s in policy and management issues in the Great Lakes.
The Scholarship Committee is very pleased to be able to support such great students. All of our scholarship recipients have graduated. All of them are working full time in environmental positions except one who has a part time position.