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!
APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN
JANUARY 15TH - APRIL 30TH, 2020
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.
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
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.
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.
COLLEGE OF MARIN NATURAL HISTORY CERTIFICATION COURSES
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.