EnvironMentors recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a Scholarship Fundraiser. The event was attended by EnvironMentors founder David Rubenstein, and exceeded its $10,000 goal. Photos from the event can be seen in the slideshow below.
EnvironMentors is a national college access initiative that prepares high school students from under-represented backgrounds for college degree programs in environmental and related science fields. EnvironMentors is a collaborative effort of colleges and universities, our mentors, aspiring high school students, science teachers, government agencies, community organizations, foundations and businesses who generously support our work.We match minority high school students with college and university faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and science and environmental professionals, in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Working together, students and mentors develop rigorous environmental science research projects over the course of the academic year.
Founded in Washington, DC in 1992, EnvironMentors joined the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) in 2006 to expand the program and create new chapters at colleges and universities across the country NCSE's University Affiliate program, an established formal network of over 150 colleges and universities, provides an ideal infrastructure to expand EnvironMentors' national presence and strengthen the program's college access pathway. Over the coming years, NCSE will launch new EnvironMentors chapters in partnership with affiliate universities to extend the benefits of EnvironMentors to students from under-served communities across the United States. An over-arching goal of the EnvironMentors college access program is to increase the diversity of students in environmentally-related college degree programs and the workforce of the "new green economy."
Each spring, EnvironMentors students present their projects to elementary school classes in their respective school districts and to a team of judges at each chapter's EnvironMentors Fair. The top three students from each chapter travel to Washington, DC to present their project at the National EnvironMentors Fair. The season concludes with the gala EnvironMentors Awards Ceremony at which students who have excelled in the program receive scholarships to college. A $10,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving EnvironMentors student who has excelled in the program and who personally elects to pursue an environmentally-related college degree program. EnvironMentors' integrative approach to identifying pressing environmental issues through hands-on application of the scientific method supported by a mentor has proven beneficial for most all of our students and life changing for some.