Six College Students Selected to Attend CURC Workshop at University of Minnesota


The College and University Recycling Coalition is proud to announce the six winners of the 2015 Zero Waste Scholarship. Twenty three college students from across the country submitted applications in detailing their involvement with campus recycling and zero waste efforts as well as their interest to pursue careers in the field. The six students selected will receive financial support to attend CURC’s annual Zero Waste Workshop on the University of Minneapolis campus on October 25th. Five of the students will receive a $250 travel stipend, and along with the sixth student who is lives locally, receive complementary registration to the all day workshop. The CURC workshop is held in conjunction with the annual AASHE high education sustainability conference taking place October 25 to 28.

The six students awarded the scholarships are:

Mira Ensley-Field                                             Samantha Karpa
Junior, Biology                                                    Senior, Environmental Engineering
Macalester College                                             Clarkson University
St Paul, MN                                                       Potsdam, NY

Brad Kurzynowski                                             Morgan Nemtuda
Senior, Packaging                                               Senior, Civil-Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University                                     Temple University
East Lansing, MI                                                  Philadelphia, PA

Laura Szczyrba                                                 Kyle Riggs
Senior, Environmental Sciences / Spanish             Senior, Psychology
University of Virginia                                             University of Tennessee
Charlottesville, VA                                                Knoxville, TN

The goal of the scholarship is to offer college students an opportunity to network with key professionals in the campus recycling and sustainability field, learn what colleges and universities across the country are doing to advance zero waste and take away an experience that helps them to build a career in the recycling and sustainability field. The CURC scholarship program is an outgrowth of a core organization goal to mentor the next generation of professionals who will work to move campuses across the country closer to zero waste. The program helps to carry on a tradition of many CURC members who first got involved with recycling as student leaders working to establish and grow recycling and waste reduction programs on campus.