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.
2018 Scholarship Award Winner
Senior in Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University
Carly McGowan is studying environmental engineering and global environmental sustainability at Colorado State University. Her love for water runs deep—she grew up water skiing, swimming, and paddling in the waters in and around Madison, Wisconsin. At CSU, her passion for water has evolved into an academic passion rather than simply a recreational one. For her senior design project, Carly is designing a comprehensive water supply and disinfection system for a rural community of 600 people in the mountains of El Salvador. She is an officer of the CSU Women for Wild Lands club, as well as an active member in the Outdoor Club, Engineers without Borders, and Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society). After graduation, Carly plans to explore opportunities in the fields of sustainability, resource management, and engineering, and she plans to attend graduate school.
Previous Scholarship Award Winners
- 2017: Kathleen Dorman (University of Northern Colorado, Environmental Science)
- 2016: Diane Meraz (Colorado State University, Ecosystem Science & Sustainability)
- 2015: Emilie Abbott (Colorado State University, Environmental Engineering)
- 2014: Krystle Ervin (Colorado State University, Civil Engineering)
- 2013: Kali Arenas (University of Northern Colorado, Earth & Environmental Science); Amanda Weber (Colorado State University, Watershed Science)
- 2012: Elisa Baebler (Colorado State University, Watershed Science)
- 2011: Donal O’Leary (Colorado State University, Watershed Science)
- 2010: Lindsay Davis (Colorado State University, Environmental Health)
- 2009: Kelsey McCarty (Colorado State University, Watershed Science)