RIO GRANDE — Four University of Rio Grande students have been awarded the Cleveland Woods and Waters Scholarship. Wildlife conservation majors Katelynn Dearth, Jacob Manning, Kaily Chamberlin and Matthew Vitullo will each receive $500 from the Cleveland Woods and Waters Club to help them further their education.
Associate professor and certified wildlife biologist, Don Althoff said he is proud of his student’s achievements and efforts to make a difference.
“The organization is looking for the opportunity to address conservation from an education standpoint, so they are recognizing the things we’re doing here going to enable these students to go out and make contributions to the effort of wildlife conservation. It’s great they are wanting to look at students going that extra mile for a four-year bachelor’s degree,” Althoff said.
Dearth of Ravenna, Ohio, said she was excited to be recognized by an organization she admires.
“I was pretty excited. Any time you find somebody that is willing to help and financially support you is a great thing,” Dearth said. “This one was particularly special because it was a private scholarship from a group I believe in. Scholarships are great, but it is even better when you believe in the cause and people behind it.”
Althoff said the students have put a great amount of effort into their studies and feels the recognition shows their interest in the field is serious and his students want to learn.
“I think it confirms we have a good solid program here and they see the students want to do serious work for conservation and really are getting the maximum for their educational experience and contribution,” Althoff said.
Wildlife conservation is a four-year bachelor’s degree program at Rio Grande, and allows students to excel in all areas of the field such as conservation biology and human/wildlife conflicts.
Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist for the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College.