The San Juan Preservation Trust is pleased to announce this year’s Climate Leadership Scholarship winners: Congratulations to Justin Krisch-Derr and Roan Ontjes-De Groot. They both graduated in June from Orcas Island High School, and both plan to attend Western Washington University to concentrate in environmental science.
For the fourth year in 2023, a committee of Preservation Trust board members selected a pair of high school seniors from a truly impressive group of applicants from across San Juan County. Justin and Roan will each receive a $4,000 scholarship, awarded in two $2,000 increments for each of their first two years of college. The intent of the scholarships is to recognize and encourage students in our island communities who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment, effort, and imagination in addressing the issue of climate change, and who plan a course of collegiate study that equips them to advance their climate leadership goals.
Here’s a snippet of Justin and Roan’s thoughts on receiving the award: