"Solving environmental issues requires appreciation for interdependencies, summoning creativity and collaboration between all parts of society."
- Haven J.
I’m a dedicated student, an active part of my community, and I work in a nonprofit recording studio. I play music in two bands, and I love to travel and learn. In the fall, I will attend the Honors program at Western Washington University to study Environmental Science. Through the unique major-building programs available there, I hope to involve social justice and reproductive health in my degree. I am excited to make the most of this immense opportunity, and to begin learning and solving problems at a collegiate level.
I’ve worked a part-time job throughout high school, and will continue to work during college. I’ve also collaborated with my parents to establish a savings plan that will help me pay for school. For this, I am very lucky. However, there are still some costs in tuition, housing and food that I simply cannot cover. This scholarship will help me to realize my dream of working alongside professors and other passionate students to create a more sustainable, connected world. Contributing to my educational fund now will have a great return on investment. I will do my part to change things for the better, ensuring healthy lives for the ecosystems and generations ahead.
My father raised me to be a scuba diver. He filled my childhood with stories about the ink-black nighttime sea, towering kelp forests and walls of fish feeding on phytoplankton. At age 12, I was scuba certified by PADI and started joining my dad on dive trips, exposing me to remarkable marine ecosystems around the world.
My mother raised me camping. We spent weekends together exploring the most peaceful, untouched forests we could find. My most vivid memories of her are laced with wildflowers and aspen trees. Because of her, I have observed intricate trophic pyramids and tasted clean mountain air.
Firsthand experiences in wild places have shown me the importance of sustainability. I am not interested in polarizing emotional arguments about environmental issues. Instead, I want to find creative, actionable solutions. I believe this will require solid science, thoughtful social policy, political compromise, and practical economics. Finding solutions will demand critical thinking and an appreciation for the complex interactions between each working part of our world.
An earthy, frenzied science teacher, Mr. Mulick, taught me to appreciate these interdependencies in several of his Advanced Placement classes. He showed me that environmentalism is a tangle of science and social issues. During in-class debates and research projects, he taught me to move past emotional statements in favor of fact-based analysis. I left his classes determined to use science and data to drive change.
"Firsthand experiences in wild places have shown me the importance of sustainability. I am not interested in polarizing emotional arguments about environmental issues. Instead, I want to find creative, actionable solutions."
- Haven J.
Mr. Mulick and other excellent teachers have given me more than I could thank them for. They have urged me to ask questions about the world and have helped me discover what I am passionate about. They have helped me cultivate a solid sense of purpose in my search for quality education. I believe that continuing to work with great professors like Mr. Mulick and collaborating with dedicated students will help me to learn the skills I need to contribute to cause positive change.
In the fall, I will attend Western Washington University. I appreciate WWU’s commitment to environmental sustainability as evidenced by its academic programs, environmental research tracks, renewable energy initiatives, and community engagement. Most importantly, I will be attending the college’s Honors program. This means that my class sizes will be especially small, and I will have many opportunities to collaborate, discuss, and cause positive change with a community of dedicated professors and students.
I've prepared for success at WWU by working hard in the classroom, engaging in the events happening in the world around me, and experiencing the effects of environmental advocacy in person. I am the co-founder and co-president of my school’s Conservation Council, and have debated resource management as a member of a Model UN team. I am ready to pursue the educational opportunities that WWU can offer.
Because of my experiences in wild places, environmentalism has been important to me since before I knew how to spell the word. Learning from great teachers, thinkers, and advocates has furthered my passion for sustainability. Solving environmental issues requires appreciation for interdependencies, summoning creativity and collaboration between all parts of society. I am committed to continue finding those connections and contributing to the solutions. I believe WWU is the best place for me to continue pursuing my dream.
- Haven J.