Recognizing that climate change is already altering the lands and waters that the Preservation Trust protects, our board of trustees decided this year to establish a Climate Leadership Scholarship program for seniors graduating from island high schools. The scholarships are intended to recognize and encourage young members of our island communities who are leading the way toward a more hopeful climate future. Individual board members funded two $2,000 college scholarships.
Out of an impressive field of applicants, the board’s scholarship committee chose two winners: Rachel Snow and Arla Sutton. Here’s where they are headed next, in their own words:
RACHEL SNOW, Friday Harbor High School
“I think the future of fighting climate change is through green engineering and innovation in the technology field. I have been accepted to the University of Washington’s college of engineering, where I get to be a part of that next step—developing a practical solution to greenhouse-gas emissions by finding new materials and methods and creating something new to help solve the climate crisis and transform today’s society into a healthier one.”
ARLA SUTTON, Orcas Island High School
“The climate crisis is here and now and it requires action. My college years will be spent performing cutting-edge research and solving our world’s biggest problems. I am excited to be attending Olin College of Engineering, which takes a new approach to engineering education by training students to address real-world problems. I will study engineering through an environmental lens while, at the same time, making progress towards a new future.”