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Chesapeake Bay Trust’s 2017 Annual Awards Program
 
The Chesapeake Bay Trust is currently seeking applications and nominations for its 2017 Annual Scholarship and Awards Program. Launched in 1998, the Trust’s Awards Program honors students, teachers, individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations for their work to promote environmental education, improve local communities, and help restore the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay region.


The deadline to submit an application or nomination is December 2, 2016, at 5:00 pm. All applicants/nominees must be residents of Maryland. The winners will be announced during the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Legislative Reception to be held in Annapolis on January 12, 2017. All winners will be required to create a poster showcasing your work and accomplishments and must be able to attend the awards ceremony in person. Please contact Jenny Kley at 410-974-2941, ext. 113 or jkley@cbtrust.org with questions.
 
Teacher of the Year Award (Winner to be rewarded with a $2,500 Grant)
The Teacher of the Year is awarded to a Maryland educator who has shown an outstanding commitment to environmental education. The winner will be an educator who provides outstanding environmental education, conducts outdoor field experiences, motivates and inspires students on environmental awareness, and serves as a respected resource to colleagues and community leaders. The winner will receive a $2,500 grant to support his or her environmental education work. Applicants/nominees must be affiliated with a Maryland school system (K-12 or college).

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Student of the Year Award (Winner to be rewarded with a $5,000 Scholarship)

The Student of the Year is a Maryland high school or college student who motivates and inspires other students by a) promoting awareness of natural resources and b) participating in efforts to improve the environment at school or in the community. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. Applicants/nominees must be Maryland residents and full-time students at a Maryland high school or college.

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Honorable Arthur Dorman Award (Winner to be rewarded with a $5,000 Scholarship)

The winner of the Dorman award, named for former Trust Board Chairman Senator Arthur Dorman who worked tirelessly to engage a wide audience in natural resource issues, will be a Maryland high school or college student of color who motivates and inspires others and participates in efforts to improve the local environment and/or the community,. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. Applicants/nominees must be Maryland residents, full-time students at a Maryland high school or college, and students of color (African-American, Asian-American, Native-American, Hispanic).

To apply/nominate someone for the Honorable Arthur Dorman Award,
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Ellen Fraites Wagner Award
This award, named for an individual instrumental in establishing the Chesapeake Bay Trust, recognizes an environmental leader who works to improve the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay region. The winner will be someone who works or volunteers to motivate and inspire others by promoting environmental awareness, lead successful restoration and/or protection efforts, and initiates and participates in grant projects and programs funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

To apply/nominate someone for the Ellen Fraites Wagner Award,
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Melanie Teems Award
This award, named after the longest-serving staff member of the Trust, recognizes a project or program that engages residents in efforts to improve the Chesapeake region’s natural resources through demonstration-based projects or programs, serves as a model for other organizations, motivates and inspires other organizations and/or individuals by promoting environmental engagement throughout the community, Applications/nominations must describe a Maryland project that is completed or nearing completion at the time of award and is connected to the resources, either financial (through a grant) or technical, of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

To apply/nominate a project or program for the Melanie Teems Award,
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Commercial Stewards Award
This award, established to honor previous Chairpersons of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, recognizes an outstanding corporate or commercial entity that strives to make a difference in the community, has made a significant contribution to natural resource restoration and protection in the Chesapeake region, and engages its employees and members of the community in environmental issues. Entities may be recognized for work that is directly tied to their missions, such as restoration-related contractors or consultants, or for their efforts to “green” their corporate cultures with a Bay or watershed focus. Applicants/nominees must be for-profit entities that includes environmental responsibility and awareness as a part of their business plans.

To apply/nominate an organization for the Commercial Stewards Award, click here.


Chesapeake Bay Trust’s 2016 Annual Award Winners

 

2016 Educator of the Year: Beth Brownley
Kennard Elementary in Queen Anne’s County
Beth Brownley is a third grade teacher at Kennard Elementary where she initiated Queen Anne County’s first engineering program which provides environmental, computer and mechanical engineering opportunities for third through fifth graders. Brownley also coordinates her school’s Bay Days, and is working to become a master teacher through NASA. Each year the Trust’s Educator of the Year Award recognizes a Maryland educator who has shown an outstanding commitment to environmental education, and along with her award, Brownley will receive a $2,500 grant to be used for environmental projects and programs at her school.

2016 Student of the Year: Brieanna Smith
University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC), Baltimore County
The Trust’s $5,000 Student of the Year Scholarship, awarded to a Maryland high school or college student who participates in efforts to improve the local environment, was awarded to Brieanna Smith, a junior at UMBC where she is majoring in environmental science. Smith is an active volunteer with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Blue Water Baltimore, and Phillips Wharf Environmental Center where she raises oysters, plants trees, and organizes trash cleanups, among other efforts. Smith is also launching her own Science Café to engage Baltimore youth in community action and the environmental projects and outreach efforts.

2016 Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship: Marco Salgado
Montgomery Blair High School in Montgomery County
The Trust’s $5,000 Arthur Dorman Scholarship is named in honor of the late Senator Arthur Dorman who played a large role in bringing Trust grant programs to a greater diversity of communities in Maryland. This scholarship is given annually to a student of color and this year’s award recipient, Marco Salgado, has led efforts to design and build a working hydroponics system at his school while also volunteering to manage his school’s greenhouse and serving as a senior mentor and tutor to fellow students.

2016 Ellen Fraites Wagner Award: Kincey Potter
Anne Arundel County
The Trust recognized Kincey Potter with this year’s Ellen Fraites Wagner Award.  This award was created in 1998 to honor Ellen Fraites Wagner who was a tireless advocate for the Chesapeake Bay and the environment. Potter is the past board chair and a founder of the South River Federation, as well as the current co-chair of the Anne Arundel League of Conservation Voters and board member of the Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy. She has worked on countless restoration projects as well as served as an environmental advocate for local waters, especially the South River.

2016 Melanie Teems Award: GreenKids/Audubon Naturalist Society
Montgomery County
The Trust named its Melanie Teems Award after its longest serving staff member to honor an exceptional program or project that is improving local waters and communities. This year’s winner is the GreenKids program administered by Audubon Naturalist Society which seeks to embed environmental stewardship and outdoor learning into school culture. To date, more than 30,000 Montgomery County students have participated in the program, which seeks to also reach underserved populations as well as educate teachers and administrators on the importance of incorporating environmental education into everyday school curriculum.

2016 Commercial Stewards Award: The Brick Companies
Anne Arundel County
The Trust’s Commercial Stewards Award is given to recognize an outstanding corporate or commercial entity that strives to make a difference in the community and for the Bay. The Brick Companies, a company that owns, develops and manages commercial, residential and recreational properties, was selected as this year’s recipient for their commitment to environmental sustainability. The company works to ensure projects are environmentally complaint: their golf course has won the “environmental leader in golf award,” their headquarters has one of the area’s first green roofs, their two marinas have been recognized as certified green marinas, and company leadership encourages employees to volunteer time while also matching personal donations to environmental causes.