2017 Divert NS Scholarship

Champion of the Environment Scholarship 2017

 

 

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

 

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, 2017

 

DETAILS of SCHOLARSHIP

 

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 food waste, as follows.

 

Food waste is a significant issue with many economic and environmental impacts. In Canada, it is estimated that $31 billion worth of food ends up in landfills or composters each year (Value Chain Management International, 2014).

 

Choose at least one specific area of the food value chain—agricultural food waste, retail/institutional food waste, or consumer food waste—and identify existing challenges and opportunities related to food waste.

Your research should outline what is happening in other leading jurisdictions working to combat food waste and describe how any identified policies or best practices could be implemented in Nova Scotia.

 

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

 

OFFICIAL RULES


• 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, 2017.

 

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 http://divertns.ca/assets/files/8.5x11_divertns_scholarship_program_Header.pdf

 

 

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.