The Elly and Giorgio Petronio-Stony Brook Garden Club Environmental Award was established in 2006. This $1,000 scholarship is available to a junior or senior attending a high school in the greater Princeton area who demonstrates a passion for and a commitment to our environment. He/she must have been actively involved in one or more of the following: research, advocacy, horticulture, protection or improvement of our natural world.Elly and Giorgio Petronio have been long time Princeton residents and Elly has been a devoted member of the Stony Brook Garden Club since 1981. As a member of the Garden Club of America since 1941, the Stony Brook Garden Club has promoted its mission to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through programs and action in the fields of conservation, civic improvement and education.
Thank you to all those Junior and Senior High School students who submitted applications for this award.
With applicants from Princeton High School, The Hun School, The Lawrenceville School, West Windsor- Plainsboro High School and Montgomery High School the quality and quantity of submissions exceeded our expectations. Thus we nominated two winners to share in the $1000 prize, Catherine Mc Donnell of Cranbury, NJ and Saniya Patel of Plainsboro.
Catherine McDonnell, a student at Princeton High School, was awarded for her efforts in scientific research by examining the effect of microplastics on marine ecosystems. Her findings have the potential to not only raise environmental awareness but to truly impact our planet.
Saniya Patel of West Windsor- Plainsboro High School won for her involvement in environmental advocacy. Her passion and commitment to work tirelessly in organising climate action initiatives raises awareness and truly impacts all our futures.
The Stony Brook Garden Club and I wish to thank all the students for their wonderful commitment to the environment.
For more information on the scholarship, please contact Mary Brophy