Russell Ridge Education Fund
in memory of late EAC member, educator & environmentalist
The Russell Ridge Education Fund seeks to facilitate lasting and meaningful relationships with the environments of West Marin by providing access to and awareness of the natural world through nature-based education for middle and high school students, college scholarships and entry level naturalist internships. The fund aims to honor Russell Ridge’s legacy and EAC’s ongoing mission to inspire and engage generations to protect and steward the unique and irreplaceable lands, waters and biodiversity of West Marin.
In June 2018, EAC launched the Education Fund in honor of professor, former board member and financial contributor, and long-time West Marin resident, Russell Ridge. Russell was a biology professor at College of Marin (COM), who was passionate about the natural environment and providing students with hands-on exploration of the natural world.
Education Fund Goals
Provide College of Marin scholarships to students enrolled in the Natural History Program for tuition and books
Provide employment experience for scholarship students to participate as naturalist guide leaders for youth education programming
Provide and/or support EAC’s West Marin Wild nature-based youth educational field trips in Marin County Parks
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
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