Accepting Applications for Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship

Published 12/10/2021  |  South Yuba River Citizens League

Now Accepting Applications for the Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship!

Since 2002, SYRCL has awarded $4,000 scholarships ($1,000/year for four years) annually to students who have demonstrated an impressive commitment to the environment. The recipients are distinguished by their service, academic achievements, and extra-curricular activities. We are excited to continue this tradition and expand our reach. From December 16th, 2021 to February 18th, 2022, we will be accepting scholarship applications from both Nevada and Yuba County graduating high school seniors.

“Investing in our youth is a priority at SYRCL. We take pride in offering this scholarship to support outstanding young people who are committed to making a positive impact. It is a joy to see young people, inspired by our local environment, who want to use their education to lead, affect change, and seek solutions to some of today’s most pressing environmental challenges,” says Melinda Booth, SYRCL’s Executive Director. 

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a resident of either Nevada County or Yuba County.
  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Commitment to pursue an environmentally-related degree
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one of which is from a teacher, coach, or mentor)
  • Demonstrated community leadership, extra-curricular activity, environmental volunteerism
  • Need is a consideration in awarding this scholarship
  • Preference will be given to students with a history of volunteering at SYRCL, but is not required to receive this award

Questions? Contact our River Education Manager, Monique Streit, at or (530) 265-5961 ext. 218

Funding Our Future:

If you would like to support this scholarship and our other programs dedicated to educating the next generation of river stewards, your donation by December 31 will be matched. Please give to our Year-end Match Campaign now.

2021 Scholarship Recipient

The recipient of the 2021 Environmentalist of the Year scholarship was Skyler Meinholz from Nevada Union High School. As an outdoor enthusiast and activist, Skyler volunteered with SYRCL over the years during the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which helps to educate audiences and inspire action. She has also helped to protect the Yuba during SYRCL’s annual Cleanups by removing trash from its banks.

To be recognized as the environmentalist of the year by you guys is such an honor,” Skyler stated about being selected for the scholarship. “I am so happy my love for the Yuba is helping me in my future to save other wild places just like it.” 

Skyler Meinholz, 2021 recipient of SYRCL’s Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship and first-year biology major with a minor in global politics at Cal Poly.

Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship Recipients

2021: Skyler Meinholz | 2020: Amelia Heinritz | 2019: Jacob Crooks  |  2018: Anya Cooper-Hynell  |  2017: June Bedayn  |  2016: Delphine Griffith
2015: Evan DesJardins  |  2014:  Sean Anderson  |  2013:  Anna Weixelman
2012:  Luz Brown  |  2011:  Jade Won Golder  |  2010:  Anna Daggett
2009:  Hannah Limov  |  2008:  Anna Harris  |  2007:  April McGrath  |  2006:  Liana Campus | 2005:  Nate Rosenbloom  |  2004:  Myfanwy Rowlands  |  2003:  Alexis Bloom  |  2002:  Joan Dudney

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