BBL/ESF in High School Scholarship Winner Named
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Blasland, Bouck & Lee, Inc. (BBL) chose Jereme Davis as the first recipient of the BBL/ESF in the High School scholarship.
Davis, a graduate of Marcellus High School, is a freshman biology student at ESF. As a high school sophomore Davis participated in a weeklong trip to ESF's Cranberry Lake Biological Station in the Adirondacks with his science class. The research being done by the faculty and students intrigued him, Davis said. Participating in ESF in the High School "definitely sealed the deal" in his choosing to attend ESF, he said.
That decision put him in line for the BBL /ESF in the High School scholarship which provides two $2,000/year scholarships to minority high school graduates who choose to study an engineering or scientific discipline at ESF and have completed ESF in the High School.
Scholarship winners gain real work training and experience through a required paid summer internship at BBL after high school graduation and continuing through his or her senior year at ESF. BBL also provides $2,000 directly to ESF toward the student's educational expenses yearly until graduation so long as the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average and works in a BBL office during the summer.
"For too long, minorities have been under-represented in the environmental consulting and engineering industry," said Robert Goldman, chief executive officer of BBL. "This has to change, and BBL will be at the forefront of this effort. By committing to bringing more minorities into the engineering and scientific fields, we are helping to ensure the future of our industry."
Applicants are evaluated according to academic promise, leadership ability, communication skills, school and community involvement and commitment to pursuing a career in an engineering or scientific discipline by a panel comprised of BBL officials, ESF faculty and other professionals.
The ESF in the High School program enables qualified students to earn college credit while still in high school. Students experience the challenge of college-level course work, understand complex scientific and social issues behind environmental problems, and explore diverse interests and career opportunities in environmental science, engineering, management, and design and related areas such as law, communications, technology and medicine.
BBL has a long-standing relationship with ESF. Along with the BBL/ESF in the High School scholarship, the firm also supports the college's general scholarship fund, the Whaley Scholarship and the Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering program.