EDI Scholarship Program

EDI is pleased to award two $1,000 scholarships to the following recipients for the 2023-2024 school year. Congratulations!


Meet Emily Herriott

Emily's passion for the environment grew when her family home was threatened by the 2017 wildfire. Having experienced natural disasters firsthand, she was compelled to pursue a career to fight for our planet. Emily currently majors in sustainability at SDSU, minoring in geography of natural resources and environment. She is a member of the Actions and Communications Committees of the 350 Bay Area Youth Mobilizing Team, which focuses on climate activism and education. Emily has also interned at the San Diego River Park Foundation, and in her free time, continues her efforts with iNaturalist recordings, monarch butterfly and bird counts, and learning about hydrology. She hopes to use her knowledge about our environment, economy, and social context to contribute to resource management and conservation.

Meet Valencia Montes

Valencia is a naturalist who loves camping, hiking, and learning about the environment. She is working on her biology degree in community college with the intent to transfer to a 4-year university, majoring in wildlife conservation biology. She aims to earn her PhD in epidemiology or animal behavior, with the ultimate goal of becoming either a wildlife researcher or wildlife care specialist. While studying and working toward her career aspirations, she volunteers at a local wildlife rescue where she has gained invaluable knowledge about San Diego's native flora and fauna. She hopes to educate others about the natural resources, habitats, and wildlife California has to offer.

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