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My daughter is going to be a high school senior and is active in her school’s environmental program. Are there scholarships she can apply for that will consider her eco-achievements?



I love that there are environmental programs in schools these days and definitely think there should be scholarship opportunities for students to be rewarded some green for their green efforts. I know of two opportunities locally and imagine there are others on a national level.

Hoosier Environmental Council, along with the Chase-Briner Family, initiated the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize to honor the memory of a remarkable Hoosier who was an advocate for renewable power and social justice issues. They are seeking applications from IPS seniors who embody compassion, integrity, commitment to public good, and love of knowledge. The Prize includes a $2,500 college scholarship. Applications are due July 31.

Indiana Recycling Coalition is seeking high school juniors and seniors for the Student Recycling Leadership Corps. The Corps is an opportunity for students to shape and grow the impact of K-12 and community recycling programs. This is the second year of a pilot program that will be rolled out nationally if successful in Indiana. The reward is $1,000. Applications are due August 15.

If anyone knows of other local or national opportunities, please post in the comments section online or let me know and I will share on Twitter (@GreenIndy).

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Renee Sweany

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Renee has spent the past several years surrounding herself with like-minded people who share her passion for caring for the planet. She began writing “Ask Renee” after four years of offering green tips through her e-newsletter Green Piece Indy. E-mail her your green living queries at

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