TerraFocus Environmental Scholarship is awarded to a
student planning on a career that will benefit the environment
and the publics appreciation of nature.
Nina Gannes (2006)
Nina first became interested in the
environment while attending a High Mountain Institute
semester school in Colorado which included backpacking,
skiing and outdoor education programs. In college she
will study environmental policy, with an emphasis on
sustainable development applicable in third world countries.
Her personal interest in is being involved in the process
of implementing sustainability improvements into everyday
Nina will be attending Smith College
beginning in the Fall of 2006.
Sarahjean Harrison (2005)
A senior at California State University
at Sacramento, Sarahjean is Treasurer of the school's
Environmental Studies Organization. She has been active
in creating a schoolwide recycling program. and volunteers
in river cleanups and at a local organic farm. She is
currently in her last term of a business undergraduate
degree. She plans to do a semester of study abroad to
research environmentally sustainable technology for
a Masters thesis in International Environmental Affairs.
Her special interest is solar energy. She hopes to bring
her business and environmental training together to
explore innovation in lowering costs and increasing
demand for solar energy.
Margaret Sarna-Wojcicki (2004)
Margaret imagines herself with a career
as either an environmental journalist or research scientist.
She says her future will "incorporate an effort
to both preserve the environment and find a better way
for humans to live" on the earth. She begins studies
at Columbia University this Fall.
Margaret has been an active member
of her high school environmental club and of the Acterra
schools group (sponsored by TerraFocus fiscal sponsor,
Acterra). She has written feature and opinion pieces
on environmental issues for her school newspaper. Margaret
loves nature and makes a commitment to spending time
outdoors, "camping, hiking and gardening in our
Phil McKenna (2003)
Phil plans a career in science writing
and our scholarship assisted him with living expenses
during his summer internship at Audubon Magazine. Phil
participated in writing the text for the condor museum
exhibit described on this website. His stories about
the Condor Recovery Program have been published in newspapers
Phil hopes to begin graduate work
in science writing later this year.
Dan Williams (2002)
Dan Williams, of Sacramento, Calif.,
is the first recipient of our scholarship. He is a university
junior, majoring in geography. Dan plans to found his
own eco-tourism company in order to share his love of
the natural world.
Dan has already demonstrated his commitment
to the environment. He has been active in his local
Audubon Society branch, and volunteers to educate youngsters
on conservation issues. He is well known in birding
circles in the Sacramento area and is considered an
outstanding birder and trip leader. Dan has volunteered
and worked on bird and other natural history census
projects in several states.