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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 education, improve local communities and help restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The deadline to submit an application or nomination 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 January 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 $2,500 Grant Award
Awarded to a Maryland educator who has shown an outstanding commitment to environmental education, who motivates and inspires students, and serves as a respected resource to colleagues and community leaders. The winner will receive a $2,500 grant to support their environmental education work. Applicants/nominees must: Be affiliated with a Maryland school system (K-12 or college); provide outstanding environmental education; conduct outdoor field experiences; motivate and inspire students on environmental awareness; and serve as a respected resource to colleagues and community leaders.
Student of the Year $5,000 Scholarship
Awarded to a Maryland high school or college student who motivates and inspires others and participates in efforts to improve the local environment and community. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. Applicants/nominees must: Be a Maryland resident and full-time student at a Maryland high school or college; motivate and inspire other students by promoting environmental awareness throughout the school and community, particularly in underserved communities; and participate in efforts to improve the environment at school or in the community.
Honorable Arthur Dorman $5,000 Scholarship
Awarded to a Maryland high school or college student of color who motivates and inspires others and participates in efforts to improve the local environment and the community. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. Applicants/nominees must: Be a Maryland resident and full-time student at a Maryland high school or college; motivate and inspire other students by promoting environmental awareness throughout the school and community, particularly in underserved communities; and participate in efforts to improve the environment at school or in the community. Honorable Arthur Dorman applicants must be a student of color (African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic).
Ellen Fraites Wagner Award
Recognizes an individual who works to improve the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, motivates and inspires others by promoting environmental awareness, and leads successful restoration efforts. Applicants/nominees must: Be an individual who works to benefit the Bay and its tributaries; motivates and inspires others by promoting environmental awareness throughout the community; leads successful restoration and protection efforts that benefit the Bay, particularly in underserved communities; initiates and participates in grant projects and programs funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
Melanie Teems Award
Recognizes a project or program that engages citizens in efforts to improve the environment through demonstration-based projects or programs, serves as a model for other organizations, and uses the resources of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Applications must: Be for a project completed in Maryland that is connected to the resources, either financial or technical, of the Chesapeake Bay Trust; motivate and inspire other organizations and/or individuals by promoting environmental engagement throughout the community; engage citizens in efforts to improve the environment and local waters through demonstration-based projects or programs, particularly in underserved communities. Project or program must be completed or nearing completion at the time of award.
Commercial Stewards Award
Recognizes an outstanding corporate or commercial entity that strives to make a difference in the community and has made a significant contribution to Bay restoration and protection. Applications must: Be a for-profit organization that includes environmental responsibility and awareness as a part of its business plan; leads successful efforts that benefit the Bay, and also engages its employees and members of the community. 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.

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.