The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) has awarded $1,000 scholarships to five graduating high school seniors within its service area. The awards, presented through MMWD’s new Water Scholars Program, were announced at the district’s board meeting on Tuesday, May 15.
The 2018 Water Scholars are:
- Maria Espinoza of San Rafael High School in San Rafael
- China Granger of Redwood High School in Larkspur
- Lubna Mulla of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley
- Cameron Pey of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo
- Taylor Powers of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield
Applicants were required to submit an original essay sharing their ideas about the importance of clean water, water conservation and watershed preservation.
“Reading the student essays was moving and inspiring,” said MMWD Board President Armando Quintero, who served as judge for the finalists. “These students are our future leaders and environmental stewards. Seeing their passion and wisdom gives one great hope for the future.”
MMWD received applications from students representing seven public and private high schools throughout its service area. Originally the water district planned to award to two scholarships, but increased the number to five due to the high quality of the essays received.
“What we loved about the essays was the diversity of the students’ experiences and perspectives," said MMWD Communications Specialist Ann Vallée, who manages the Water Scholars Program. “Yet they all share a sense of gratitude that we live in a place where we all have access to clean water and a beautiful watershed. And they share a commitment to preserving that.”
The Water Scholars Program was created in September 2017 at the board’s recommendation to expand water education and water awareness for high school students. In addition to the scholarships, MMWD offers a variety of free water education programs for schools in its service area, including field trips to the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, classroom presentations, assemblies and service learning opportunities. Learn more at: marinwater.org/schools