Whidbey Audubon Society awarded scholarships to three Whidbey Island high school graduates who worked to preserve environmental quality and plan to follow careers in conservation.
Carrin Romain-McErlane, a recent South Whidbey High School graduate, received $750. She plans to enroll at Western Washington University and pursue a major in environmental studies and technology development. She served on the committee for the high school’s Green Team and developed a project to evaluate the savings in replacing paper towels with hand dryers in school bathrooms, according to a news release.
Jennifer Madigan, Oak Harbor High School graduate, received $1,500. She was accepted to Washington State University, which she chose for its undergraduate program in genetics.
Wyatt Homola, of Oak Harbor High School, also received $750. He will attend the University of Washington, which he chose for its materials science and engineering program. As president of the high school’s ecology club, he led the expansion of the recycling program and the implementation of food waste composting.
The Whidbey Audubon Society promotes the study, conservation and restoration of birds and other wildlife and their habitats. The scholarships are possible because of donations and support of Whidbey Audubon’s fundraising events.