Scholarships Awarded to Rising Environmental Leaders
The Harris Center is proud to present our 2023 Environmental Leadership Awards to two graduating high school seniors who have a demonstrated passion for the natural world, a strong commitment to the environment, and the capacity to create positive change in their community and beyond — Raven Groblewski and Ella Weinmann, both of Conant High School. Each award comes with a $2,500 scholarship, made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor who believes fervently in the power and promise of young people to create positive environmental change.
Raven Groblewski (left) plans to study Environmental Science at Franklin Pierce University and will be the first in her family to earn a college degree. For the past three years, she has participated in Keene State College’s Upward Bound Programs, a college preparatory program, and she works year-round at a local farm. Raven is passionate about protecting the environment and is determined to use her education to help people and the planet. Emily Bolick, Assistant Director of Upward Bound Math-Science, says that Raven is one of the hardest working students she’s met in her career, and that Raven will happily “pay [this investment] forward in her future career protecting our planet and natural resources.”
Ella Weinmann (right) is headed to Suffolk University in the fall, also to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. She has served as class president for all four years of high school and has participated in Conant’s Interact Club, National Honor Society, and Destination Imagination. Ella says that volunteering in her community has helped her recognize the impact that an individual can have on the world around them, “even in the smallest of actions.” Her actions have already made a sizable impact, having successfully campaigned to remove plastic straws from every lunchroom in her school district when she was in the 8th grade. Ella hopes that she can use her future degree to help make the world a better place.
The Harris Center is delighted to help these worthy local students pursue their dreams. Congrats to Raven and Ella!