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New Hope-Solebury Senior Kelly Hayden Awarded Aquetong Watershed Association Scholarship

Aquetong Watershed Association Scholarship 2016

(L to R) Les Isbrandt, Kelly Hayden, Malcolm Crooks, and Jade Greene.

New Hope-Solebury High School senior Kelly Hayden received the 2016 Malcolm Crooks Honorary Scholarship from the Aquetong Watershed Association (AWA) on May 17.

On hand to present the award were AWA Director and President Les Isbrandt and AWA Director and Secretary Jade Greene.

“Kelly Hayden was selected to receive the annual AWA Scholarship award on the basis of both her scholastic and community achievements,” said Isbrandt, chair of AWA’s Scholarship Committee. “In addition, Kelly represents exactly the type of student the AWA wishes to honor in its Malcolm Crooks Scholarship program.”

In the fall, Hayden will attend the University of Virginia, and plans to major in premedicine and neuroscience, the latter of which requires additional study in psychology, biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and computer science.

The AWA established the Malcolm Crooks Honorary Scholarship in 2013 to be awarded to a civic-minded New Hope-Solebury High School senior who has displayed excellence in science, and who plans to continue their formal education in the broad field of physical sciences.

“The scholarship honors Malcolm Crooks’ many outstanding contributions regionally and nationally, which have fostered a greater public appreciation for conservation and the value in protecting the environment,” said Greene. “His work in our community will forever serve as an excellent example of how one individual can make a lasting impact.”

Malcolm Crooks is a Solebury Township native, lifelong conservationist, and the founder of many conservation-oriented nonprofit organizations, including the AWA. Crooks has been actively involved with conservation since the 1940s, and continues today to be a strong voice for protecting the environment.

The AWA was formed in 2007 as an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve, preserve and restore the natural resources of the Aquetong watershed. Since its formation, the association has performed an assessment of the watershed, conducted educational workshops, monitored the quality of water in the watershed’s streams, planted trees along stream banks to create protective riparian buffers, and served as the voice of the Aquetong watershed to the community and to Solebury Township and New Hope Borough elected officials.

To learn more about the AWA and its scholarship program, check out their website, send them an email, or call (267) 714-8170.

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