Scholarship Competition

We celebrate the change students are making in the province.

Meet the 2018 Champions of the Environment

Congratulations to seven 2018 Divert NS Champion of the Environment Scholarship winners. Learn more about these environmental champions, and read their award-winning essays below.

Maria MacDonald

$5,000 PROVINCIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: ANTIGONISH | GUYSBOROUGH | PICTOU COUNTY
Guysborough Academy 

Maria has been a member and co-chair of her school’s Green Team for several years. As part of her involvement with the group, Maria has planted and harvested the school’s garden, which is a collaborative program with the local Waste Management Facility. Maria has also participated in a litter-less lunch campaign, food drives, Adopt-A-Highway Cleanups and fundraised to build a water system for a community in Kenya. As co-chair of the Green Team, Maria planted fruit trees around her school, organized numerous recycling campaigns and fundraised for and constructed an outdoor classroom. Read Maria’s essay >

Courtney DeGiobbi

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: CAPE BRETON
Breton Education Centre
As president of her school’s Interact Club, Courtney organized and participated in several community litter cleanups and a WE Walk for Water fundraising and awareness campaign for clean water in devel ...

Josiane Gibson

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: COLCHESTER | EAST HANTS | CUMBERLAND
Cobequid Education Centre
As a member of her school’s Environmental Club, Josiane has worked on making Truro an idle-free community, participated in tree planting, helped eliminate the use of plastic cutlery in the school cafe ...

Travis Goswell

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: HALIFAX
Sackville High
Travis’ passion for the environment started at an early age with his family’s commitment to reduce their environmental footprint. Travis has been involved with his school’s Green Team and founded the ...

Holly Morrison

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: ANNAPOLIS VALLEY | KINGS
Western Kings District High
Holly is a long-time member of her school’s Green Team and has also served as the environmental representative on the school council. Holly has organized and promoted several environmental activities ...

Acadia Bunin

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: SOUTH SHORE | WEST HANTS
Avon View High
Acadia founded a volunteer group at her high school called “Teens for Change.” The group fundraises for and completes projects that benefit the school community, including a school litter cleanup. Aca ...

Jenna Clayton

$2,500 REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
REGION: DIGBY | YARMOUTH
Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High
Jenna has participated in and organized numerous local beach cleanups through the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service, the Sea Change Clothing Company and her school’s Interact Club. As a member of Girl Gui ...