Champion of the Environment Scholarship 2018



Are you a Grade 12 Student in Nova Scotia, who has demonstrated a commitment to the environment through your school or community?


Divert NS is offering $20,000 in scholarships to students who have exemplified leadership in protecting our environment.


               $20,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS


Divert NS is Offering the Following:


  • ONE (1) $5,000 provincial scholarship
  • SIX (6) $2,500 regional scholarships

Winners will be announced in June 2018


To be awarded one of the seven scholarships available, your entry must include:

• A summary of your recent environmental activities in your school or community

• A letter of reference from someone in your school or community that is familiar with your environmental activities

• A research essay on the issue of food waste

• A contact information form (included in this package)


Submissions must be emailed in PDF or Word format to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Deadline for submissions: April 22, 2018




Summary of Environmental Activities


You will need to submit a summary demonstrating how you have been involved in protecting the environment. Your contribution can be within your school or community and it is not limited to recycling or waste management. Maybe you have been a champion for clean air or water, perhaps you helped promote energy efficiency, or maybe you helped organize a community garden or litter clean-up.

Tell us:


• The organization(s) or initiative(s) you are involved in


• How long you have been involved


• Your contribution to the cause


• Maximum 750 words


Letter of Reference


You will need to submit a letter of reference from a member of your school or your community that is familiar with your environmental activities.


A few things to remember:


• Your letter, preferably provided on letterhead, must be signed by the person providing the reference


• Your reference cannot be a relative


• Maximum 500 words

Research Essay


You will need to submit a research essay on the topic of film plastic, as follows.


Recent changes in international recycling markets have left many recycling facilities in Nova Scotia with a stockpile of plastic film, including shopping bags and other plastic wraps, that they are unable to market. This situation has stimulated a lot of discussion about ways we can reduce or eliminate plastic shopping bags.

Your essay will focus on ways that Nova Scotia can overcome the plastic film recycling challenge.

  • What policies or programs could Nova Scotia implement to reduce or eliminate plastic shopping bags?
  • What initiatives are other jurisdictions in Canada or abroad actively implementing to reduce plastic film?
  • What role can individual waste management stakeholders—including municipalities, provincial government, industry, and Divert NS— play in improving the current situation?
  • Are there new technologies or processes that could create end markets for plastic film in our region?


A few points to note:


1. Your cover page should include your name, grade, name of your school and the title of the essay


2. You must provide an executive summary that is approximately one page in length, double spaced


3. The essay component must include research and sources cited using APA format


4. Only one author per essay


5. Maximum 1,500 words



• This scholarship competition is open to Grade 12 students in Nova Scotia.


• Entries must be submitted before the closing date of 11:59 pm AST on April 22, 2018.


The following individuals are not eligible to receive a scholarship:

Immediate family, or those domiciled with, current and former employees and board members of Divert NS

• Immediate family, or those domiciled with, employees of the Nova Scotia Environment Solid Waste Resource Management Section

• Immediate family, or those domiciled with, employees of regional and municipal waste management authorities


• All entries become the property of Divert NS once they are submitted and may be used for publicity, promotion, marketing, illustration, advertising, web content and all multi-media materials.


• By accepting a scholarship, the winner authorizes Divert NS to use in any related publicity the winner’s name, city and province/territory of residence and any statements he/she may make regarding such scholarship for advertising and promotional purposes in any form of media, including the internet.


• Incomplete submissions and submissions with falsified information will be disqualified. The decision to disqualify any submission is at the sole discretion of Divert NS and will occur without notice or communication to the entrant. The disqualification decision is final and not subject to review.


For more information, download the scholarship package at





About Divert NS


Divert NS is a not-for-profit-corporation championing recycling in Nova Scotia.  For over 20 years they have helped build a culture of recycling through envvironmental stewardship, education and programming that has made Nova Scotia a recognized global innovator in recycling and waste diversion solutions.