Students from Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks Win COSF 2024 Eco Scholarships

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Two local high school seniors, Simone Scheuble-Isip of Thousand Oaks and Alexandria Paris Williams of Agoura Hills, are the recipients of the fourth annual Conejo Open Space Foundation scholarships. The $1,000 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 determined by a six-person panel.

Simone Scheuble-Isip, who has always been home-schooled, has an active volunteer history, including a stint at Black Mountain Fire Lookout as the youngest female firelookout host ever in the San Bernardino Mountains. She also volunteered at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve collecting data about snowy plovers. “My eventual goal is to earn a PhD in environmental studies,” Simone wrote in her application essay. “I dream of becoming an environmental science professor, conducting research on preventing climate change and finding solutions to make our earth more sustainable.” In the fall of 2024, Simone will attend Moorpark College and in 2025 transfer to University of California, Santa Cruz.

Alexandria Paris Williams’s goal, she says, is to fight climate change through social policy. “For me, environmentalism is not an identity or passion, it is an imperative,” the Agoura High School graduate wrote. “I have always had an interest in human psychology and now realize how important it is for developing effective climate communication and policy.” As a member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Alexandria travelled to Washington, D.C., last year, where she met personally with Rep. Julia Brownley, (CA District 26). Alexandria has already started classes at the University of California, Berkeley, studying environmental science and policy.

Past  scholarship recipients are Kaelin Carraway, Avery Henson, Naomi Lin, Alessandra Lucchesi and Molly McNulty, all of whom are working toward four-year degrees at colleges in California. Awardee Daniel Conway accelerated his studies and completed his degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in three years .

If you are a high school student interested in applying for 2025 or beyond, here’s how.


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