MENDOCINO Co., 05/30/21 – Three students from Mendocino College will take their natural science studies to the next level through scholarships facilitated by the Friends of Mendocino College Coast Station and Natural Sciences. The scholarship winners for 2021 are Ana Delgado Mendoza, Missael Barosa and Erin Orth.
Here is the announcement from the Mendocino College Foundation:
The Friends of Mendocino College Coast and Natural Sciences, an affiliate of the Mendocino College Foundation, is pleased to announce the awarding of three scholarships to worthy Mendocino College natural science students. The Mary Lou Koeninger Memorial Fellowship in Earth Sciences will be awarded to Ana Delgado Mendoza this year. Two scholarships sponsored by the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society will also be awarded: Missael Barosa has been nominated for the 2021 Brandon Pill Memorial Scholarship and Erin Orth will receive the Greg Grantham Memorial Scholarship.
Inspired by her parents’ educational background, Ana Delgado Mendoza was originally planning a major in psychology until she learned that she had skills and an interest in mathematics. After taking a physics course, his focus on applied sciences was consolidated. Ana is now planning to move to a four-year school to continue her studies in Earth Sciences with a specialization in Geology, Physics, Environmental Sciences or Oceanography. “Due to my general interests, whatever university I’m going to transfer to, I believe I’m probably going to do a double major or minor in a related subject just because there is so much that I want.” learn, ”she says. Ana has so far been accepted into every CSU she has applied to and is awaiting the decision from UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis. “I know I want to have a career that benefits the Earth, its environment and its life,” she explains. “I also know that I want to become a teacher or professor at some point in my life to pass on my knowledge and inspire others.” Funding for the Mary Lou Koeninger Memorial Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation to the Mendocino College Foundation by Wade Koeninger.
Missael Barosa grew up in the small town of Philo. “Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved wildlife and enjoyed being outdoors,” he says. He has done fieldwork in the local agricultural industry, including testing vines for harmful pests. Although COVID-19 mitigation over the past year has slowed her academic progress, Missa plans to graduate from Mendocino College with a natural resources degree by next year. He hopes to transfer to Sonoma State University or Chico State University to complete his Bachelor of Science in Education. “I [have always] spent a lot of time walking around exploring the outdoors, instead of being indoors. “Missa’s goal is to eventually become a ranger or lab assistant / scientist who spends a lot of time outside of the lab. The Brandon Pill Memorial Fellowship is an annual award given by the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society.
Having taken several business courses, Erin Orth had no initial plans for a career in science. Now her goal is to become a conservation scientist and study environmental science at graduate level. “When I realized my passion was in environmental science, I knew I was home,” she says. Erin has been involved in many agricultural projects with an emphasis on organic farming, soil fertility and preservation of biological diversity. Since starting her environmental degree at Mendocino College, she has been involved in many other research projects including tracking animal migration, capturing data through native plant plots, and collecting data for identification of native birds and insects. “I believe that the sustainable use of our forests and soils is imperative for the preservation of our future generations,” says Erin. The Greg Grantham Memorial Scholarship is made possible by an accumulation of special donations from many county residents over the past year.
For more information on Friends of the Coast Station and Mendocino College Natural Sciences, please contact Earth Science Professor Steve Cardimona at (707) 468-3219.