Ohio EPA Selects Environmental Scholarship Winners; Next Application Deadline is October 15, 2015

Thirteen environmental science and engineering students have been awarded scholarships to study at Ohio colleges and universities through Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund.

“We have the privilege to encourage our high school students to get interested in advanced environmental technologies and to educate them right here in Ohio, so they, in turn, can be Ohio’s future experts in environmental science,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler.

Students in four-year programs who will receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year include:

  • Tiffany Atkinson, Columbus, Ohio State University (Environmental Science);
  • Maria Bon, Jeromesville, Ashland University (Biology and Environmental Science);
  • Emily Cigolle, Youngstown , University of Cincinnati (Geology and Environmental Studies);
  • Amanda Conklin, Norton, Ohio State University (Environmental Engineering);
  • Cassandra Craig, Orient, Ashland University (Biology and Environmental Science);
  • Emily Hetman, North Olmsted, Ashland University (Forensic Biology and Toxicology);
  • Olivia Macek, Willoughby, Ashland University (Biology and Environmental Science);
  • Andrea Martinson, Springfield, Cedarville University (Biology);
  • Braydi McPherson-Hathaway, Hilliard, Ohio State University (Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering);
  • Dawn Musil, Ashville, Ohio State University (Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology);
  • Obagaeli Ngene-Igwe, Columbus, Ohio State University (Biology);
  • Jordyn Stoll, Vermilion, Cleveland State University (Environmental Science and Biology); and
  • Amiah Warder, Sheridan, Wyoming, Cedarville University (Environmental Science).

This year’s student recipients have completed research or environmental work experience with projects focusing on the effects of harmful algal blooms, anaerobic digesters, soil retention of pesticides and other environmentally-focused subjects.

A total of $32,500 was awarded this year. Since the scholarship program began in 2000, $726,200 has been awarded statewide to 295 students at 48 Ohio colleges and universities. Funding comes from civil penalties collected by Ohio EPA for violations of air and water pollution control laws. The scholarship program is administered by the Ohio Academy of Science.

The next application deadline for scholarships is October 15, 2015. Additional information about the scholarship is available by calling Ohio EPA’s Office of Environmental Education at (614) 644-2873 or visiting www.epa.ohio.gov/oee. To learn more about the Ohio Academy of Science, call (614) 488-2228 or visit www.OHIOSCI.org.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.