ICF Announces 2012 Conservation Achievement Scholarship Program Winners

Chris McCloud
ICF Announces 2012 Conservation Achievement Scholarship Program Winners
SPRINGFIELD, IL � The Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) today announced the winners of the 2012 ICF Conservation Achievement Scholarships, an outreach program recognizing high school seniors in Illinois who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to preserve, protect, enhance and promote Illinois� natural resources.

�These scholarship winners are young conservation leaders in Illinois, setting outstanding examples for youth statewide through their efforts to protect the environment and conserve the natural wonders of Illinois,� said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller, who serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Illinois Conservation Foundation.  �These student leaders inspire all of us to be better stewards of our natural resources.�

The winners of the 2012 ICF Conservation Achievement Scholarships are:

First Place, $5,000 Scholarship:  Zachary Brint, Highland Park High School
Zachary has demonstrated a long-term dedication to protecting and preserving the natural resources in Illinois. His efforts include participation in beach clean-ups, recycling, prairie restoration and removal of invasive species. He is instrumental in the operation of his school's environmental club. Zachary's leadership skills in all of these activities led him to be named to his city�s Natural Resources Commission. His work will have a lasting effect on the area.

Second Place, $3,000 Scholarship:  Kyla Price, Oswego East High School
Nominators noted that Kyla is driven to be the best, including organizing electronics recycling events that have resulted in thousands of pounds of electronic equipment from her community being salvaged instead of taking up landfill space. She has worked on stream and park clean-up efforts. Kyla also initiated a book drive for a book recycling program. Kyla has shown the ability to handle responsibility and take on leadership roles throughout her high school career.

Third Place (tie):
$1,000 Scholarship: Steve Hasselman, Pecatonica High School
Steve has participated in river clean-up programs. He has been a leader in teaching other youth and promoting youth involvement in outdoor activities and education. Throughout his time in high school, Steve has affected both wildlife and people, and the results will be felt for many years.
$1,000 Scholarship: Bill Freiburger, Pecatonica High School
Bill has been instrumental in conducting a wood duck research project. He has taken part in river clean-up programs and has led youth conservation tours. Illinois' natural resources are important to him, and his efforts have resulted in positive impacts.

�The Illinois Conservation Foundation congratulates the 2012 scholarship winners and encourages all qualifying Illinois students to apply for the program,� said ICF Executive Director Mark Spangler.

Applicants for the program must be an Illinois resident and a senior in an Illinois high school during the 2012-2013 school year. Voluntary, effective contributions to Illinois' natural resources throughout the applicant's high school enrollment must be documented. Other criteria also apply. The application form may be accessed through the Illinois Conservation Foundation website at https://www.ilcf.org/documents/ScholarshipApplication.pdf.

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