Four residents of Columbia and Greene counties have been selected as recipients of the Paul and Maria Morra Scholarship Trust Awards presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties. They will share in the available $6,000 for awards. They were chosen on the merit of their applications which described the breadth of their involvement in work, community programs, volunteer activities and awards. They also provided a personal essay describing their plans for the future and the experiences that influenced their decision to pursue a career in the field of horticulture, agriculture, forestry or natural resources.
The purpose of this scholarship trust is to honor the lives of Paul and Maria Morra (trust benefactors) and their commitment to preserving the natural resources of our region. Applicants must be pursuing further education in the field of horticulture, agriculture, forestry or natural resources.
Scholarship selection is not based solely on academic standing but greater emphasis is placed on the interest and motivation of the student to excel in their chosen field of study. Applicants should ensure their application packet responds very directly to the goals of the benefactors.
The number of scholarships awarded is based on available funds with the average scholarship amount of $1,000. We expect to be able to provide as many as five scholarships this year. The scholarship check will be sent directly to the academic institution upon receipt of a copy of the students’ tuition bill and the college/institution mailing address.
Eligible individuals are those pursuing immediate post-high school education as well as older individuals looking to increase their knowledge. To be eligible, an individual must be: • A current resident of Columbia County or Greene County • Enrolled in an accredited academic institution including public and private colleges or universities, community colleges and trade schools • Pursuing further academic work beyond high school in the field of horticulture, agriculture, forestry or natural resources • Excluded from applying are: current Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties Board members and staff, as well as their immediate family (significant other and children).
Last updated June 22, 2020