Senior Receives EPA Scholarship

Senior Receives EPA Scholarship

Senior environmental science major Jacob Eldridge, recently received a $2,500 scholarship from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck / Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

October 8, 2009

Cedarville, Ohio—Senior environmental science major Jacob Eldridge recently received a $2,500 scholarship from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

To be considered for this scholarship, a student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and relevant education, employment, honors, and other unique contributions to environmental science or environmental engineering. Extracurricular activities and participation in organizations that demonstrate leadership, interpersonal skills and social responsibility are also considered.

“This will not only provide much-deserved financial assistance but will also affirm Jacob in his academic efforts as he completes his education,” says Dr. John Silvius, senior professor of biology at Cedarville. “He is committed to obtaining a position in the environmental sciences because of his strong belief that humans have a responsibility to properly exercise biblical environmental stewardship of God’s creation.”

Most recently, Eldridge gained valuable experience as an intern at the Nature Conservancy at Samuel H. Ordway Prairie Preserve in Leola, S.D. He monitored grassland birds and butterflies, controlled invasive plants, and conducted a survey of reptiles and amphibians. Eldridge also worked on bison research for Jon Grinnell, associate professor of biology at Gustavus Adolphus College. This behavioral ecology project monitored bison behavior, particularly looking at male dominance and herd dynamics.

Eldridge has also participated in a long-term research project through the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. He was part of the team responsible for monitoring the populations of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Eldridge plans to graduate December 2009 and begin graduate school fall 2010 to pursue a master’s degree in conservation ecology or biology, with an emphasis in herpetological conservation.

For information about the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, visit www.epa.state.oh.us.

Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs. Featuring a worldwide Christian ministries program, the University offers 100 areas of study to 3,000 students. Visit the University website at www.cedarville.edu.