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The San Francisco Bay Chapter is dedicated to supporting undergraduate and graduate students who are planning to engage in a career in the environmental field. This year, we have increased the number of $1,000 scholarships awarded and are pleased to announce four student winners! Congratulations to Char'Mane Robinson, Brita Goldstein, Emily Yen, and Natalie Keltner-McNeil! Our scholarship recipients also receive a complimentary one-year student membership to AEP.
Char'Mane is working towards a Master of Science in Environmental Geosciences at CSU East Bay and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from CSU Monterey Bay. Char'Mane was inspired to focus on environmental work after taking AP Environmental Science in high school. She is currently researching the geological spatial distribution of chemical constituents found throughout California's groundwater wells. Her research will further advance current studies of groundwater contamination on both the national and local scales. Char'Mane hopes that in her future career as a geologist, she will help improve the lives of individuals who have been personally impacted by groundwater pollution.
Brita is a practicing consulting Registered Professional Forester as well as a forestry policy graduate student at Humboldt State University. She is a native Californian, raised on the central coast, in Carmel. She attended undergrad at UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2014 with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Forestry and Conservation Resource Studies. Her field work has taken her all over Northern California, and, eventually, to Humboldt County, where she lives with her husband (another forester), their dog, and eight chickens. In her free time, she supports her community as Chair of the North Coast Chapter of California Women in Timber and as a Board Member of the Buckeye Conservancy.
Emily is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, working towards bachelor's degrees in Environmental Science and Economics. She was inspired to focus on environmental work after conducting research in university laboratories on climate reactive aerosols and renewable energy. She interned for government organizations focusing on environmental policy and regulation and found a deep interest in working on environmental justice issues. Currently, she is investigating climate policy approaches at Berkeley Law and interning in the energy industry. In the future, she hopes to tackle energy policy and community sustainability challenges.
Natalie graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Society and Environment and a certificate of Journalism in the Digital Age. She hopes to embody her passion for environmental justice as a multimedia journalist reporting on corruption within government agencies and polluting chemical industries. She is currently a freelance journalist, writing and researching a story on industrial pollution and its health effects in Paramount County, Los Angeles, as well as a story on wetland restoration in Aspen, Colorado. She hopes to publish both stories and land a journalism job in Oregon or Colorado, reporting on the intersections of human health and the environment.
The SFAEP scholarship program supports students who are planning to engage in a career in the environmental field. It is available annually to full-time students with a GPA of at least 3.0 who will be attending an accredited college or university within the counties served by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. It is funded through member and corporate donations, club fundraisers, and other sources.