The Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
is pleased to award four scholarships this year
to graduating seniors at Burlingame High School.
We are awarding $3,500 to Keala Uchoa (pictured), who has an exceptional academic record (4.19 GPA) and a commitment to living sustainably. Keala was inspired by her AP Environmental Science class to start a student club to design and advocate for an eco-friendly Urban Gardening Project. When Keala learned of the environmental impacts of meat production, she quickly changed to a vegan diet, and learned to cook vegan dishes to bring her mother on board! Keala will attend Northwestern University, where she will major in Social Policy and minor in Environmental Science. Her ultimate goal is to attend law school, specialize in environmental law, and work to protect the environment from a legal or political platform.
We are recognizing three other students with grants of $500 each.
Andrew Barrows (pictured), a scuba diver since age 12, has seen first-hand the coral bleaching attributed to climate change and has participated in activities with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. Andrew will major in Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii.
Ian Aweeka attended a summer program at the Marine Science Institute when he was 13, and he joined their rowing club. All those early morning workouts on San Francisco Bay enhanced his appreciation of nature and the water. Ian will study Earth Science and Marine Biology at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Madeline Tragoutsis was inspired by her AP Environmental Science class to participate in local volunteer beach clean-ups and to re-consider the environmental impact of everyday activities. Madeline even convinced her family to stop using their wood-burning fireplace! Madeline will attend Santa Clara University, where she intends to major in Environmental Science and work with the school’s Center for Sustainability.
We are happy to recognize these students for their admirable goals and accomplishments, and we hope they continue with their plans to join the next generation of environmental advocates.
Last year’s winner, Isabela “Isay” Acenas, just completed her freshman year at New York University. Isabella has taken NYU by storm (we knew she would) as can be seen in her remarkable update letter.
The Scholarship program is supported by a grant from the Morris S. Smith Foundation, Sterling Franklin, Trustee.