College of Marin
Natural History Certification Program
Scholarships & Application

made possible through Russell Ridge Education Fund,
in memory of College of marin professor, EAc supporter, educator & environmentalist, russell ridge

THANK YOU FOR your interest in our scholarship!

for the FALL 2020 | SPRING 2021 Semesters

We will provide two scholarships for two students enrolled in the Natural History Certification Program/classes at College of Marin per semester based on application submission and review. Scholarships are intended to cover tuition costs plus books for two classes per student each semester. Scholarship recipients will be required to complete a post-survey and attend EAC’s annual Member Meeting, Potluck & Awards (June) and/or Winter Gathering (December) to receive and/or share with our community of supporters about how the scholarship has impacted their educational goals.

Qualified students (see below) may apply twice per calendar year by completing an application, which includes their bio, a photo, and supplemental questions including how the scholarship will help them fulfill their aspirations towards a career in the natural sciences/environmental work. A committee will review the applications to determine awardees.

1st Round of College of Marin Scholarships Awarded

We are proud to award our first round of scholarships to
Samantha Frey (21) of Fairfax, CA, and to Phat Quach (19) of San Rafael, CA for fall 2019 and spring 2020.

Both of our awardees are the first of their family to attend college, and are looking forward to careers where they can make a difference for our environment through education and science. Between fall 2019 and spring 2020, the student’s will be taking a variety of classes from general ecology, marine field studies, and biology of marine mammals through the Natural History Certification Program at College of Marin, many of which include field studies in West Marin.

After taking only one marine ecology course, and learning about the damage we have done to the coral reefs, and the marine life, my point of view on the world has drastically changed. I want to protect life, and pursue my education and career around wildlife and marine biology.
— Phat Quach

The Natural History Certification Program is a field experience program based on scientific principles and concepts for students who want to develop a comprehensive understanding of the natural world. It is especially designed for elementary school teachers, natural history museums, environmental docents, environmental educators and naturalists.

“After completing this program I would like to work with summer camps, after-school programs, and even environmental organizations right here in Marin.....Finding out that my college offers not only a naturalist program, but a scholarship to help you accomplish it, was the best news that I have received in 2019.” - Samantha Frey

This scholarship is so important to me because I am a New York native and moved here on my own without any help from my family. I am the first person in my family to attend college and the first to leave my hometown. This scholarship will not only be helpful financially, but also give me peace of mind and allow me to focus more on classes and my studies.
— Samantha Frey

Each student received tuition assistance, plus $200 toward books and supplies to supplement their education.

In the future, I envision myself using the skills and the knowledge I had learned from the College of Marin to help create a better Earth…,” - Phat Quach

We look forward to sharing the student’s experiences over the next year, and how the scholarship award has made a difference in their lives. Join us for the Winter Gathering, December 7th to meet Sam and Phat, and hear from them directly.

Support the fund, and help us honor Russell Ridge’s environmental legacy. Proceeds make a huge difference for our future environmental leaders. Learn more about the fund’s goal and full list of programs.

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APplication & Student Eligibility

In order for students to be eligible for the scholarship, they must meet the below conditions:

  • Accepted or enrolled as a student of College of Marin.

  • A California resident and eligible for California residency enrollment tuition.

  • Complete EAC scholarship and submit by the deadline.

  • Plan to register for at least two classes within the Natural History Certificate Program (program schedule posted later by COM).

  • Not a relative of the EAC Board of Directors, Staff, or Selection Committee members.


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We recommend that you read through the questions and answer your short answers on another document and copy and paste into this form when you are ready to apply.

applications for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 will be accepted January 15th - APRIL 30TH, 2020.

Full Name *
Full Name
Mailing Address *
Mailing Address
Select one
Month, Day, Year
Phone *
Best number to reach you
High School Name and County it is located in.
Enter your GPA at College of Marin. If you have not taken any courses at College of Marin please enter 0.00.
Natural History program classes are posted by College of Marin when the class catalogue is available. Note for 2019-2020 students, the program is being revised and the new set of classes is listed above. Please let us know which classes you plan to take once the schedule is posted. There may be some variances in what is available each semester.
How will this scholarship personally help you?
Checklist *
To complete your scholarship application, you must also submit one letter of recommendation from a science or natural history teacher evaluating your character, ethics, and connection with the natural environment. Submit your letter of recommendation to or mail to EAC, Attn: Scholarships, PO BOx 609, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.
You must certify the accuracy of your application before submitting to EAC for review.