Former Carroll College student Lavinia Stokes has been awarded the inaugural Jenny Liney Scholarship to help with her studies at the University of Wollongong.
She was selected by a panel of members of Friends of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden and external environmental and educational experts.
"The panel unanimously recommended that the Scholarship for 2020 be awarded to Livinia," a Friends committee spokesperson said.
Ms Stokes has enrolled in a Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) program which she will commence in March.The course is a four year fulltime course and is a practical degree that focuses on the research of Earth's biodiversity and finding management strategies to protect species and ecosystems.
Ms Stokes completed her HSC studies in 2018. She studied Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Advanced English, General Mathematics and Studies of Religion and was also vice captain in her HSC year.
In addition to her studies at school, Ms Stokes has been involved in a range of volunteer activities in the Eurobodalla shire over the past year and overseas, focussed on environmental conservation.
Ms Stokes stated in her scholarship application: "I am a driven, passionate environmentalist who is very concerned about the future of our earth and have a great desire to do something about it. I have been a nature-lover from a very young age growing up in the Eurobodalla, an area filled with picturesque landscapes and rich biodiversity. I have always had a great connection with the natural world and feel that I have a responsibility to protect it."
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In 2019 Friends of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden announced the Jenny Liney tertiary education scholarship commemorating Jenny's achievements over 25 years of honorary service as curator of the heritage-listed Wallace Herbarium at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden.
The annual scholarship of up to $5000 will support a student or number of students from the
Eurobodalla Shire residents who are starting or continuing tertiary studies in a field related to the natural sciences are eligible for the scholarship of up to $5000.
Applications close at 5pm on Friday, October 30, 2020.