HONESDALE - SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA will issue a $1000 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior (Pennsylvania resident) for the best essay about the following:

Describe some of the recycling progress that has been made in our rural community. What recycling efforts elsewhere could be adopted here? And why is it important? Include ways to replace or eliminate “disposable” items (e.g. straws, plastic bags, styrofoam).

This scholarship will be in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015.

Local high school seniors, including homeschooled students, are encouraged to submit an essay via email to scholarship@seedsgroup.net on or before 8 p.m. Friday, May 18.  

The essay may be in the text of the email or in a Microsoft Word file, and should be between 600 and 1600 words in length.  Seniors from Western Wayne High School, Honesdale High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, and Canaan Christian Academy are eligible, as well as home-schooled seniors who reside within the areas covered by those high schools.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of SEEDS volunteers based on the responsiveness to the topic, the persuasiveness, logic, and cohesiveness of the ideas presented, and other criteria that the panel considers appropriate after reviewing the essays.  As always, incorrect grammar and spelling will not be viewed favorably, and plagiarism will disqualify an essay. 

Any statistics referenced in your essay need to be referenced. Cite your sources. The panel members will review the essays without having access to any of the students’ information, including the students’ names. The winner will be notified the week of May 21. The scholarship funds will be issued directly to the college specified by the student.

Applications must include:

1.    Name
2.    Address
3.    Email Address
4.    Phone number(s)
5.    Parent/Guardian Name(s) and Address
6.    Current High School (or “Home-schooled” if that is the case)
7.    Proposed Field of Study
8.    Name of College you will be attending in the fall
9.    Essay

The winner cannot be related to any SEEDS staff or board members. 

By submitting an essay, you are agreeing that SEEDS can use the essay or excerpts from it for publication or other uses, with your name as the author, with your image. Winners will be encourages to attend an informal meeting with the SEEDS volunteers during the month of July.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA is a local nonprofit environmental education organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region.

Their goals include improving the health of our environment and local economy through energy savings and independence.  For more information, visit www.seedsgroup.net or email jocelyn@seedsgroup.net.