Divert NS Champion of the Environment Scholarship

Each year, Divert NS offers up to $20,000 in scholarships to Grade 12 students across the province.

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Are you a Grade 12 student in Nova Scotia? Know of a student whose actions could pay off?

Divert NS offers up to seven scholarships to students who have exemplified dedication to protecting our environment. There are seven scholarships, one $5,000 Provincial Scholarship, and six $2,500 Regional Scholarships to be won! 

2022 Scholarship winners have been announced!

Meet the 2022 Champions of the Environment

Congratulations to six 2022 Divert NS Champion of the Environment Scholarship winners. Learn more about these environmental champions, and read their award-winning essays below.

Marissa Cox

$5,000 PROVINCIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: CAPE BRETON
Riverview Rural High

Marissa has participated in numerous litter cleanups and other environmental activities, but over the last three years she has focused her efforts on scientific research to help solve environmental issues. While designing her school science fair project on treating lead in her school’s drinking water, Marissa became interested in the use of biochar to treat water, sequester carbon, combat climate change, and other environmental issues. She volunteered at a Cape Breton University (CBU) research lab to learn more about biochar and complete her research related to her project. Her enthusiasm for her research led Marissa to join the NOVA ACTION program with Coastal Action. Under this program, she continued her work with CBU and completed a research project testing crab-based biochar as a fertilizer for pumpkins. In addition to being the only high school student working in the University lab, working with high tech analytical equipment and instrumentation, Marissa designed and completed the research during pandemic-related lockdowns and generated data that was publishable in peer reviewed journals. 

To read Marissa’s essay on how we can reach Nova Scotia’s waste reduction goals, click here.

Ashley Kenney

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: ANTIGONISH | GUYSBOROUGH | PICTOU COUNTY
Northumberland Regional High
As the co-head of her school’s Environmental Committee, Ashley has organized and participated in numerous school and community cleanups and collaborated with several community groups. The committee ha ...

Megumi Ozawa

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: COLCHESTER | EAST HANTS | CUMBERLAND
Pugwash High
Megumi’s involvement in student council over the past three years (including President this year) has led her to organize Earth Day events and numerous school cleanups. Through her volunteer work with ...

Lindsey Wamboldt

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: HALIFAX
Cole Harbour District High
Most of Lindsey’s environmental activities are centered around the outdoors and natural world. As a Girl Guide, she learned from a young age to “take only pictures, leave only footprints” and the impo ...

Sebastian Conyers

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: ANNAPOLIS VALLEY
Annapolis West Education Centre
Sebastian started volunteering with the Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP), a local environmental group, when he was only nine years old. At 13, he joined CARP’s Environmental Youth Leadership progr ...

Stella Bowles

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: SOUTH SHORE | WEST HANTS
Parkview Education Centre
At 11 years old, Stella learned about straight pipes directly depositing sewage into the LaHave River and decided to act. After contacting local experts and receiving training on testing practices, St ...