NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships
Since 1993, NRPA has awarded scholarships to seniors graduating from high schools in the Narrow River Watershed as part of its Youth Environmental Education Program.
In 2007, the scholarship was renamed the NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarship in honor of a former NRPA Board member who passed away in 2006. Lesa Meng served on the Board for six years and was chair of the Narrow River Road Race committee during that time. Her husband, Rick Moffitt, and friends provided additional funding for the scholarship, enabling NRPA to increase the scholarship awards to $1,000 beginning in 2008. Mr. Moffitt continues making donations to support the scholarship fund, and we would more than welcome contributions from others to the fund.
The scholarship applications are judged on:
- The student’s environmentally oriented activities in and out of high school
- The quality of an original essay that answers this prompt: “Choose one environmental problem/issue relevant to the Narrow River and discuss what you as an individual could do to mitigate the problem”
- Science teacher’s recommendation
- Academic achievement in math and science courses.
Applications for the scholarship are also available from the Guidance Department at each of the high schools in the watershed: Narragansett, North Kingstown, Prout, and South Kingstown.
2015 NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships
Congratulations to this year’s NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarship recipients:
Jacob Baretta, a graduate of South Kingstown High School, will be attending the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He plans to study Oceanography/Marine Biology. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Italian Honor Society. Jacob has been a volunteer for Save the Bay, a varsity baseball player on the SKHS team, and a volunteer and mentor for the South Kingstown Little League.
Dean Kareemo graduated from North Kingstown High School where he was a National Honor Society member, a member of the NKHS Symphonic Band and a guitar player for his own blues band. Dean will attend the University of Rhode Island and major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular Biology. Dean is a volunteer for Clean Ocean Access, participating in many beach clean-ups.
Jack Hall, a graduate of Narragansett High School, will study journalism at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. For the past three years, Jack has been a river monitor at Middlebridge for the NRPA River Watch program. He has also been an active participant in the Narragansett Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.
Erin Chille, a graduate of North Kingstown High School, will study Wildlife Conservation and Biology at the University of Rhode Island. Erin was a member of the R.I. Envirothon Team and President of the NKHS Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) team. She is a Girl Scout lifetime member and a Gold Award recipient.
Graduation Season in the Watershed 2014 NRPA Awards Four $1,000 Scholarships
Congratulations to the 2014 NRPA Lesa Meng Scholarship winners: Shannon Emrich and Kyle Sayre of North Kingstown High School, Omar Zaki from South Kingstown High School and Gennifer Keller from Narragansett High School.
Here are some photos from award nights and graduations at the three schools:
Left: Shannon Emrich and Kyle Sayre with NRPA Board member Lynn Wolslegel who presented the awards at North Kingstown High School.
Shannon Emrich will attend the University of Miami in fall. She plans to major in Environmental and Civil Engineering.
Shannon was a member of the NKHS National Honor and Spanish Honor Societies, and was on the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. An animal lover, she has devoted many hours volunteering at the North Kingstown Animal Shelter.
Kyle Sayre will attend the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he plans to major in Environmental and Civil Engineering. Kyle was a varsity athlete in tennis and outdoor track, in addition to being a member of the National Honor and Foreign Language Honor Societies.
Kyle, an active member of the local community through volunteer work, as well as through his participation with Boy Scouts of America. He recently completed his Eagle Scout project.
Right: Sally Sutherland had the honor of presenting the scholarship award to Omar Zaki at South Kingstown High School.
Omar Zaki will be attending Yale University in the fall. He plans to major in applied physics or molecular biochemistry with an eventual goal of MD/PHD.
Omar was a NRPA river monitor for the past four years as well as an earlier NRPA Youth Environmentalist Award winner. In addition, Omar was the Principal Bassoonist at the School’s Top Orchestra, captain of the Academic Decathlon, a varsity swimmer and an Eagle Scout.
Left: Veronica Berounsky congratulates Gennifer Keller at the Narragansett High School graduation.
Gennifer Keller will study environmental science at the University of Rhode Island, which is not surprising as Gennifer was an NRPA water quality monitor and was an active member in Future Farmers of America serving as both a state officer and RI national representative delegate.
Gennifer also competed in the Rhode Island Envirothon, winning First Place in both Soils Competition and Environmental Issues.
2015 NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships
Ben Lee will study biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the fall. He plans to major in biology. Ben has been a river monitor in the NRPA Watershed Watch program and volunteered with the annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim. He was the Captain of Narragansett High School’s National Ocean Science Bowl Team from 2011 to 2013 and a member of the band and cross country team.
Zachary Zuchowski, a varsity soccer player at Narragansett High School, will attend Brown University in the fall, where he plans to major in either molecular biology or biochemistry. For his senior project on human actions and the effect on marine ecosystems, Zach studied and created ecosystem biospheres from fish, snails and algae collected from Narrow River.
Chintanya Gopu will attend Northeastern University in the fall, where she plans to major in Environmental Engineering. Chintanya was a volunteer at the Environmental Protection Agency for two summers and was an active Earth Day participant. At SKHS, she played varsity tennis and participated in numerous school plays.
Rachel Moyer, who is interested in a career in medicine, will attend Lehigh University in the fall. Rachel was a Save the Bay volunteer and a counselor at the Save the Bay Camp. At SKHS, Rachel was a member of the drama club and literary journal, and had a major role in reorganizing the school sailing club.
2012 NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships
In 2012, NRPA awarded $1,000 scholarships to:
Caitlin Bousquet, a graduate of Narragansett High School, attends to attend Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
Elizabeth Castro graduated from Narragansett High School and is a first year student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Annie Hall, a graduate of Narragansett High School, attends Northeastern University in Boston.
Tina Luo graduated from South Kingstown High School and now attends the University of California at Berkeley.
2011 NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships
Following are the four 2011 recipients, their high schools and where they started their college careers:
Victoria Gallogly, The Prout School, University of Vermont
Margaret King, North Kingstown High School, Lesley University
Elena Suglia, North Kingstown High School, Brown University
Edward Trowbridge, Narragansett High School, University of Vermont
2010 NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships
Following are the four 2010 recipients, their high schools and where they started their college careers:
Jennifer Castro, Narragansett High School, University of Rhode Island
Alice Toll, North Kingstown High School
Clifton Bueno de Mesquita, South Kingstown High School, Middlebury College
Stacey Moskwa, The Prout School, Cornell University
2009 NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships
There were three scholarships awarded in 2009:
Elizabeth Elmstrom, South Kingstown High School
Elizabeth Lee, Narragansett High School
Shane McNamara, Narragansett High School
2008 NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships
There were three scholarships awarded in 2008:
Matthew Berry, North Kingstown High School
Dana Sarubbi, Narragansett High School
Marleana Peabody, South Kingstown High School
2007 NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships
Brett Cook, Narragansett High School
Catherine Coupland, South Kingstown High School
2006 NRPA College Scholarships
Mario Forte, Narragansett High School
Allison Malo, North Kingstown High
2005 NRPA College Scholarships
Jesse Malo, North Kingstown High
Jacqueline VanSant, Narragansett High School
2004 NRPA College Scholarships
Rosalinda Fortier, Narragansett High School
Kevin Smith, North Kingstown High School
2003 NRPA College Scholarships
Kyle Marshall, Narragansett High School
Lindsey Casagrande, South Kingstown High School
2002 NRPA College Scholarships
James Bruneau, North Kingstown High School
Drew Lorenc, Narragansett High School
Christopher Nunes, South Kingstown High School
2001 NRPA College Scholarships
Alison Marshall, Narragansett High School
Ryan Murphy, South Kingstown High School
Timothy Smith, North Kingstown High School
2000 NRPA College Scholarships
Megan Dyer, Narragansett High School
Thomas Hale, South Kingstown High School
1999 NRPA College Scholarships
Abby Davis, Narragansett High School
Charlotte Nunes, South Kingstown High School
John Tarasevich, South Kingstown High School
1998 NRPA College Scholarships
Jessica Gronvold, Narragansett High School
Lauren Rainer, North Kingstown High School
Rebecca White, South Kingstown High School
1997 NRPA College Scholarships
Kelly Knee, South Kingstown High School
Seneca Lacombe, Narragansett High School
Derrick Meyer, North Kingstown High School
1996 NRPA College Scholarships
Heather Damon, Narragansett High School
Nicole Bucka, North Kingstown High School
Leah Meyer, South Kingstown High School
Aimee Patnoad, The Prout School
1995 NRPA College Scholarships
Maria Reppucci, Narragansett High School
Michael Blitzer, North Kingstown High School
Nikki Kostarides, South Kingstown High School
Kathleen McHugh, South Kingstown High School