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Berkeley Community Pride awards annual Environmental Studies Scholarship

ISSUED: 21 October 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Berkeley Community Pride awards annual Environmental Studies Scholarship)

Shepherdstown, WV--Berkeley Community Pride, Inc., has awarded its annual scholarship through the Shepherd University Foundation to Michael Whitaker of Shepherdstown and Steven Schoepe of Rockville, Maryland. The organization awards $500 each spring to students in the Eastern Panhandle who major in environmental studies, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and participate in community and/or campus service.

Berkeley Community Pride, Inc., 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. Maria Lorensen, board member for Berkeley Community Pride, said that one of the major thrusts of the organization is the focus on education. The Berkeley Community Pride Scholarship was established in May 2009 and organizers said that they hope to provide more scholarships in the future.

Several students in Shepherd's environmental studies program competed for the award, which included writing an essay about their choice of community service. Whitaker wrote about his work with Recyclemania, a competition between schools to measure their practice of recycling. The event ultimately led to Shepherd establishing a permanent recycling program.

"Michael and Steven are both fine examples of what Berkeley County Pride seeks when we make this award," said Lorenson. "They are well-versed in what it takes to be good stewards of the earth, and Berkeley Community Pride is happy to recognize their work."

Schoepe, who loves the outdoors and enjoys math and science, feels the environmental studies program is a perfect fit for him. Whitaker also shares a love of nature and feels his decision to major in environmental studies is being reinforced by his desire to maintain a healthy planet for his two-year-old son to enjoy.

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, or visit


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Pictured above (l. to r.) Chris Lundberg of Berkeley Community Pride congratulates Michael Whitaker, and Maria Lorenson commends Steven Schoepe on being awarded the Berkeley Community Pride Scholarship.

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