Each year, the Big Thompson Watershed Forum awards a $1,500 environmental scholarship to a student attending Colorado State University or the University of Northern Colorado and enrolled in an approved academic program with a primary focus in hydrology, environmental health, biology or sociology, water resources, watershed science, water pollution, and/or water quality.
The selected candidate must agree to volunteer and commit to a minimum of 40 hours for the Forum over a 12-month period, beginning in October. This scholarship provides the winning candidate with many volunteer opportunities, valuable learning experiences, and networking possibilities.
2016/2017 Scholarship Award Winner
Sophomore in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Colorado State University
Diane Meraz is a sophomore in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) at Colorado State University. She is working on her bachelor’s degree in Watershed Science and is interested in water quality and water education. In the 2016-2017 academic year, she is assisting graduate students in their research on ecosystem effects of nitrogen. Diane is from Greeley, Colorado, and grew up loving the outdoors and environment. She has worked as an intern for the Poudre Learning Center and is an ESS S-STEM Fellow. Upon completing her studies, Diane hopes to work as a hydrologist and continue to serve as a community volunteer in water education.
We welcome Diane to the Forum family and look forward to working with her in the coming year.