Diversity in Environmental Professions Scholarship Program
The Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals is proud to offer a scholarship program aimed at supporting diversity in the environmental professions. The program is intended to promote the professional development of students who are underrepresented in the environmental field, with a focus on BIPOC students, by awarding up to $2,000, to cover one year of NWAEP membership fees (if the applicant isn't already a member) and tuition in the form of registration, travel, and room and board, for participation in the NAEP annual conference.
2022 DEI Scholarship Recipients Announced!
In 2022 — our DEI scholarship's inaugural year — NWAEP's Scholarship Committee looked for a student who was inspiring in their pursuit of experience in the environmental field and found not one but two worthy candidates. Our heartfelt congratulations to our two scholarship recipients: Janelle Layton and Daria Singer!
Janelle Layton is a masters student in Fisheries Science at Oregon State University. Her research is concentrated on the impacts of climate change on early life history stages of the critically endangered Nassau Grouper by understanding differences in both development and heat shock protein gene expression. Janelle is very intrigued by conservation of marine fishes. She thoroughly enjoys the research she is currently involved in but is constantly aiming to expand her knowledge and skill sets. Janelle completed her BS at Hampton University studying Marine and Environmental Science.
My name is Daria Singer. I’m a transfer student currently studying at Oregon State University, majoring in Biology with the ecology option. I didn’t think I was going to be in the sciences when I graduated high school five years ago. I wanted to be a high school math teacher. After a few years at Chemeketa Community College and a round of education courses, I came to the conclusion that teaching was not the path for me. After a term of a single course in Spanish and uncertainty, I decided to turn to my first passion: nature.
I grew up watching Steve Irwin on Animal Planet on my weekends and Studio Ghibli movies, both of which carry messages about the wonder and beauty of the natural world, and emphasize stewardship of nature rather than control. In my last few years of high school I went through a few but very important science classes with a curriculum built on hands-on field experience. Once I’d realized this, it was a wonder I hadn’t turned to the biological sciences sooner.
I have a year or so left of classes at Oregon State University until I can earn my Bachelor’s of Science. As I continue to learn the more technical aspects of biology I hope to also gain more experiential knowledge so that I can someday fulfill that stewardship role with the same compassion that I saw as a child.