Eco-Friendly Students May Earn Some ‘Green’ for College


Engergy Awareness Month: Royd Moor Wind FarmJust about everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Everywhere you look, you see pink: grocery stores, clothing retailers and even the National Football League.  But, did you realize that October is also a ‘green’ month? It’s true! October is Energy Awareness Month, a time to look at alternative methods to creating and using energy resources on our planet and in our daily lives. Most students have probably had the opportunity to participate in some form of recycling or ‘green’ campaign at school. You may have even started to ‘go green’ at home: reducing energy consumption, wasting less water and recycling your trash. If you are concerned about the effects of global warming and the depletion of our natural resources, you may be excited to learn that many companies and organizations are ready to reward you for your commitment to the environment and your community. Take a look at some programs that reward students for ‘going green’ by putting a little extra green in your pockets for college. Annie’s Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students beginning or returning to an accredited 2- or 4-year college program or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2012-13 school year. Students must be enrolled in classes that address sustainable agriculture. International students may apply as long as they are studying at U.S. schools. Six (6) $2,500 scholarships and six (6) $10,000 scholarships will be awarded. Dedication to the Environment Scholarship Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority (NTSWA) awards three $1,000 scholarships each year to students residing in Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga Counties, Pennsylvania. Students must submit an essay that explains how they would improve waste management treatment/operations in areas, such as recycling, waste reduction, composting, landfill design and more. Castle Ink’s Green Scholarship Castle Ink hosted a scholarship program in 2011 that encouraged students to publish a piece about recycling and post it online through a blog or social media profile. Entries could contain content on any subject related to recycling or energy conservation. All entries had to include a link to Castle Ink. Whenever someone clicked the link within the post, it registered as a vote for that entry. The student with the highest tally of votes at the end of June received a $2,500 college scholarship. Taking an active interest in your environment and reducing energy consumption will not only help save our planet, it can help save you money for college too! Be sure to check with your local power and waste management companies to see if they are offering scholarships for college, as well. To learn about these programs and other available scholarships, please visit today!

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