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Berkeley Community Pride partners with Shepherd

ISSUED: 15 December 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Berkeley Community Pride partners with Shepherd)

Shepherdstown, WV--Berkeley Community Pride, Inc. has recently partnered with the Shepherd University Foundation to present a scholarship to students studying environmental studies.

Berkeley Community Pride, Inc., is an organization that was started more than six years ago to reduce litter, encourage community-wide recycling, and educate area youth on the importance of responsible use of resources.

An annual scholarship of $500 will be awarded each spring to Eastern Panhandle students who major in environmental studies, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and participate in community and/or campus service.

The scholarship was established in May 2009 and organizers said that they hope to provide more scholarships in the future.

Maria Lorensen, board member for Berkeley Community Pride, said that one of the major thrusts of the organization is the focus on education.

This year's first recipient of the award has been given to Jessica Curtis of Martinsburg, who is currently a junior and is also the president of the Shepherd Environmental Organization.

Curtis was previously a biology major and recently switched to environmental studies, which she says allows her to have a more hands-on approach and provides more interaction with the community, as well as an opportunity to meet more people.

Curtis was one of several students who competed for the award from Shepherd's environmental studies program. Applicants wrote an essay and it was Curtis' essay about snakes that seemed to capture the deciding committee.

"Jessica is a tangible example of what we hope to accomplish through the organization," Lorensen said.

Curtis said she is excited that the committee could see her passion through her essay and awarded her the scholarship.

"I admire her passion," Bill Firey, board member for Berkeley Community Pride, said. "She is passionate about our concerns."

For more information about this scholarship or establishing a scholarship through the Shepherd University Foundation, please contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397, mlingenf@shepherd.edu or visit www.shepherd.edu/fndtnweb.

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Bill Firey, Berkeley Community Pride board member; Jessica Curtis, recipient of this year's scholarship; and Maria Lorensen, Berkeley Community Pride board member, meet in Shepherd University's McMurran Hall.

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