FOEC Scholarship

FOEC Scholarship in Environmental Studies

We are happy to present details of our 2020 scholarship:

  • Purpose of the Scholarship - The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC) seeks applications from students planning to pursue degrees in environmental science, including engineering, hydrology, ecology, geology, biology or other fields related to environmental studies.
  • Awards – At least one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student to help pay for tuition and books.
  • Criteria - We will evaluate applicants based on their potential to contribute to the field of environmental studies.
  • Eligibility - The applicant must not be a previous scholarship recipient and must be a high school senior or college student planning to pursue a degree or certificate in environmental studies or a related field. We prefer a student who attends or has attended a school located in Beachwood, Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, South Euclid, Willoughby Hills, or Mayfield Village - the cities in the Euclid Creek watershed.
  • Schedule - All application materials must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2020.

Questions - Direct questions to jeanette.evans@sbcglobal.net.

To apply:

1. Provide a minimum of one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or community member.
2. Submit a one- to two-page cover letter describing your career goals, past volunteer work related to environmental studies, and significant achievements to date. Follow proper letter format, include your name, address, telephone number, and email, and sign the letter before mailing.
3. Send completed items to Friends of Euclid Creek, P.O. Box 21384, South Euclid, Ohio 44121 unless agreed upon otherwise via email.
4. Complete an interview with members of the Friends of Euclid Creek, upon request.
5. Scholarship awardee(s) must agree to provide a report of at least 50 words by February 1, 2021 explaining how they spent their scholarship money helped advance their education.

The Scholarship Award winner will be notified upon selection by the Board of Directors, with the Award itself being given at the Annual Meeting and Picnic of the FOEC in June.


2018 Recipient - Andrew Yormick
On June 5 at FOEC's annual potluck, we announced the recipient of the 2018 annual $1,000 Environmental Education scholarship to Andrew Yormick.

This year's scholarship winner grew up in Lyndhurst, graduated from St. Ignatius High School and will be attending the Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs with a major in Environmental Studies.

Andrew has demonstrated a devotion to the environment in two major ways, as a volunteer and as an artist/photographer. As a volunteer, he has worked with a naturalist in the Mohican State Park, and as teacher's aide. Even his athletic activity on the crew team has led him to strengthen his commitment to the environment by wanting to take on projects to clean-up the waterways on which he races. In addition, Andrew has expressed his obvious passion for the environment through his outstanding photographs of nature. In his application, Andrew wrote, "I plan to use my photography skills...as a key part of my future roles in environmental studies."

The Friends of Euclid Creek is delighted to be able to reward Andrew for his devotion to the environment and support his future education with a financial gift to help him realize his goal to protect and promote the environment.

2017 Recipient - Caleb Rykaczewski
On June 6 at FOEC's annual potluck, we announced the recipient of its 2017 annual $1,000 Environmental Education scholarship to Caleb Rykaczewski. Caleb worked as a wildlife volunteer at the Penitentiary Glen Wildlife Center. His research project involved preventing the spread of avian flu from wild bird populations to domestic poultry flocks. He also researched the dietary preferences of raptors in captivity in order to reduce waste at facilities where these birds are sheltered. Caleb attended Mentor High School and was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. He was also a starting defensive lineman for the Mentor Cardinals and a team captain. Given his interest in wildlife and habitat conservation and maintenance, Caleb was an outstanding choice for this year’s FOEC Environmental Education scholarship.

2016 Recipient - Hrishikesh "Gopal" Mandal
On June 7 at FOEC's annual picnic, we announced the recipient of its 2016 annual $1,000 Environmental Education scholarship to Hrishikesh "Gopal" Mandal.
Gopal is a recent graduate of Mayfield High School and will be attending CASE this fall. His desire is to be a professor or researcher who helps to protect and preserve nature. Gopal was involved in several research projects in high school, including one in which he studied the effects of deforestation on a local salamander population. He also won an award at the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair for a self-designed research project studying acid degradation of brownfields. Gopal has participated in many extracurricular activities, including the History, Spanish and Chess Clubs, he enjoys singing and the theatre, and is inspired by tutoring other students. He expresses a deep passion for the environment and for scientific research, which makes him a deserving recipient of the 2016 FOEC Environmental Education scholarship.

2015 Recipient - Abbigail Smith
On June 2, 2015, at our annual picnic, we awarded our second $1,000 Scholarship in Environmental Studies to Abbigail Smith. Abbigail is a Mentor on the Lake resident, a graduate of Mentor High School, and currently studying Environmental Geology at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. “Having lived on Lake Erie my entire life, I developed at a young age a love for water and how it is effected by nature and man. My mother and grandfather [see photo above] often took me fishing in the Lake Erie tributaries, including Euclid Creek, for steelhead trout. This is where I started to get my interest in geology and watersheds”, stated Abbigail in her scholarship application.
In 2014, she wrote a paper on current water quality issues in Lake Erie for one of her college courses and learned about human impacts on our Great Lakes and the importance of watershed education. “I have personally experienced the late summer algae blooms on Lake Erie. Some years we have seen hundreds of dead fish on our beach caused by oxygen depletion from decaying algae. We need to take action to protect this valuable resource, and keep it as clean as possible” stated Abbigail. This summer Abbi has an internship in the Obion Creek watershed in Kentucky studying the effectiveness of an old restoration project.
Abbigail’s enthusiasm for our water resource health and interest in becoming a watershed professional after getting her college degree is why she is such a deserving recipient of the 2015 FOEC Environmental Education scholarship.

2014 Recipient - Anne Roberto
In July 2014, we awarded our first $1,000 Friends of Euclid Creek Scholarship in Environmental Studies to Anne Roberto who is pursuing environmental studies at Tri-C, planning to transfer to CSU to obtain an bachelor's degree in environmental science with a focus in biology.
Annie stated in her application letter that it is her "goal to become an environmental scientist working in the field of wildlife conservation. I am also interested in the field of sustainability and the career of a sustainability specialist." "I have had an interest in environmental science from a young age ... and ... grew up in South Euclid.. where the Euclid Creek runs through my backyard...playing and exploring in the creek. I had an interest and curiosity in the different changes that occurred within the creek from different environmental factors such as the weather, and also human factors like pollution." "Growing up, being surrounded by nature stirred a passion in me to want to work towards preserving it. I am quite concerned with the effects of pollution in my community as well as the rest of the planet, and the effects on human health."
"I am connecting more pieces each day through my education and gaining insight into the environmental systems, and the detrimental effects that cause changes to them. I am hoping that through my education I can help protect and preserve not only wildlife, but also help make a difference in the negative effects on our planet."
We are thrilled to have awarded Anne the scholarship as she is a very deserving and dedicated student, volunteer and watershed steward!