COSF Awards 2023 Scholarships to Two Students, Adds Honorable Mentions

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Kaelin Carraway

Two Ventura County high school seniors, Avery Henson of Moorpark High School and Kaelin Carraway of Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, are the recipients of the third annual Conejo Open Space Foundation scholarships. The $1,000 annual scholarships support students pursuing environmental-studies-related majors at two- or four-year colleges or universities. The scholarships, which provide up to $4,000 per student in total, are awarded by a six-person panel.

Kaelin Carraway served as president of her high school’s Environmental Club, organizing local beach and trail clean-ups, and raising money to add recycling bins on campus. She also initiated efforts to compost school-cafeteria food waste and to add solar panels in the school parking lots. Of her efforts she says, “Seeing the positive change I could have on our environment gave me the confidence to become a more vocal advocate to create an environmentally sustainable world.” In 2024, Kaelin will be attending the University of California Davis, majoring in Environmental Science and Management.

Avery Henson

Avery Henson

Avery Henson’s goal, she says, is “to be a part of mending our agricultural system so that an emphasis is placed on growing food with high nutritional value, and in a way that is ethical and will not harm the environment.” While in high school, Avery worked in a local charity garden project and also conducted soil research. Avery will be attending North Carolina State University, working toward a dual degree in Nutrition Anthropology and Biological Engineering.

The two additional students were recognized with honorable mentions and the one-time award: Isaac Tieu of Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley and Avrey Tokuyama of Westlake High School.

Past  scholarship recipients are Daniel Conway, Naomi Lin, Alessandra Lucchesi and Molly McNulty, all of whom are working toward four-year degrees at colleges in California.


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