The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has awarded scholarships of $1,000 each under the department's Recycling Scholarship Program to nine Arizona high school seniors throughout the state, including Christian Pettersen of Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood.
Christian's project consists of placing recycle bins in each classroom, and selling cloth bags at a bake sale to promote the use of cloth as an alternative to plastic bags. He will also measure the weight of the recycled products accumulated as well as the satisfaction of the students.
Each of these students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used for expenses at a college or university in Arizona. The scholarship recipients were selected by ADEQ based on the proposals they submitted to ADEQ outlining a waste reduction or recycling project in their school or community that they will implement during April.
"This program helps students meet the escalating costs of college while encouraging them to think of new ways to protect the environment," said
ADEQ Acting Director Patrick J. Cunningham. "From planting trees to setting up recycling bins to encouraging supermarkets to offer reusable bags, we saw some great ideas for recycling projects that we are pleased to recognize."
The scholarship program is funded by the ADEQ Recycling Grant Program.
The other scholarship winners are Genevieve Andersen, Sinagua High School Flagstaff; Kayla DeRosa, Sinagua High School, Flagstaff; Nashonna Frank, Westwood High School, Mesa; Mari Hanchar, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale; Julia King, San Carlos High School, San Carlos; Meghan Morris, Hamilton High School, Chandler; Melissa Rankin, Red Mountain High School, Mesa and Victoria Tulk, Rio Rico High School, Rio Rico.