Three area students received a total of $7,000 in scholarships awarded by The Conservation Foundation as part of the Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Applicants must have an interest in working in the environmental field and be associated with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County or The Conservation Foundation.
This year's recipients are:
Melissa Nelson, 21, Winfield, Wheaton North High School, $3,000
Melissa was an intern last year at The Conservation Foundation. She plans to graduate from North Central College in Naperville next year with a bachelor of arts degree in biology and environmental studies. She hopes to pursue a master's degree in wildlife ecology.
Shannon Dudzienski, 18, Wheaton, Wheaton/Warrenville South High School, $2,000
Shannon worked at the Equestrian Center for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and hopes to be a science teacher in the areas of geology and astronomy. She has been accepted at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Kurtis Duff, 18, Itasca, Walter Lutheran High School, $2,000
Kurtis worked in the office of natural resources at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. He wants to earn a degree in chemistry and go into environmental science. He has been accepted at several colleges at this time.
Photo Caption: From left, Lynn Boerman (Paul Pierotti's sister), Melissa Nelson, Kurtis Duff, Shannon Dudzienski, Elizabeth DiNovis of the DuPage Community Foundation, and Brook McDonald, president/CEO of The Conservation Foundation.
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