Top placing students from each EnvironMentors chapter travel to Washington, DC to compete for these college scholarships at the annual EnvironMentors National Fair. The 2014 Fair was held on Monday, May 19, 2014, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. Environmental Attorney Michael Carvalho, past Chair of EnvironMentors Advisory Board and Member of the Board of the National Council on Science and Environment, was honored to serve as Emcee.
The EnvironMentors Emerging Leader Scholarship is the top scholarship awarded by EnvironMentors in the amount of $10,000. This scholarship is granted to an EnvironMentors student who is a graduating senior, has participated in EnvironMentors for at least two years, has been admitted to college, demonstrates a genuine commitment to the environment, and who, as a result of their participation in EnvironMentors and other related experiences, has decided to pursue and environmentally-related college degree program.
The 2014 EnvironMentors Emerging Leader Scholarship was awarded to Marcus Padia. As part of his project, Marcus built a scale model of his own wind turbine design and sought assistance from a local manufacturing company when the initial proto-type did not work as intended. He worked nights and weekends in a restaurant to earn funds for his project materials. Marcus participated in EnvironMentors for four years in High School, and was the 2013 recipient of the National Ronald M. Carvalho, Sr. Environmental Policy Award in connection with this project on community support for Wind Turbines in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Marcus was recognized for his sincere interest in engineering and science, and his ambition to study and pursue STEM related programs for the betterment of his community. Marcus, a first generation immigrant, has been accepted to Colorado State University where he plans to study Environmental and Electrical Engineering and pursue his interest in wind turbine design.
For more information about the EnvironMentors program, please visit www.ncseonline.org