The San Juan Preservation Trust is pleased to announce the winners of its first-ever, board-sponsored Climate Leadership Scholarships, awarded to two members of the Class of 2020 who are graduating from island high schools.
Congratulations to Rachel Snow (Friday Harbor High School) and Arla Sutton (Orcas Island High School)! A committee of Preservation Trust board members selected Rachel and Arla from a truly impressive group of applicants from across San Juan County.
The Preservation Trust’s intention in awarding the $2,000 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 amplify their climate-focused endeavors.
“Climate change is already altering ecosystems on the lands that the Preservation Trust conserves and stewards,” said Michael Popiwny, who chaired the selection committee. “This year’s scholarship recipients, Arla and Rachel, have truly distinguished themselves as members of the generation that is leading us all toward understanding what is needed to protect and conserve our islands, and the rest of the planet, in a warming environment.
Meet Rachel and Arla in this brief video.
Here is how this year’s climate scholars plan to make the world a better place, in their own words: