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Here are Inland Empire Resource Conservation District’s scholarship winners – Daily Bulletin

The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to five Inland Empire students planning to pursue higher education in environmental sciences, natural resources management, agriculture and related fields.

The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District has been offering its Conservation Scholarship since 2017 to high school seniors and college undergraduates living within the district, which includes more than 25 cities and unincorporated communities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on academics, leadership roles, extracurricular activities, financial need and passion for preserving and protecting natural resources, according to a news release.

This year’s applicants included students from Banning to Montclair with interests in environmentally focused careers from botany and molecular biology to environmental economics and policy.

A committee of representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, San Bernardino County Museum and the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners reviewed the scholarship applications, and the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District’s board approved the selected candidates at its June 11 meeting.

This year’s scholarship winners are Adrian Rios, a student at Cal Poly Pomona; Andre Marquez, a graduate of San Bernardino High School; Cindy Corhiran, a graduate of  Rancho Cucamonga High School; Jazmine Colon, a graduate of Banning High School; and Yazmin Sanchez, a graduate of Montclair High School.

Adrian Rios is majoring in environmental science at Cal Poly Pomona. He advocates for sustainable community-based agriculture, wildlife conservation and environmental justice, according to the news release.

Andre Marquez, who has been interested in marine biology since he was a child, was recently accepted at UC Santa Barbara and plans to study environmental science.

Cindy Corhiran plans to major in environmental science at UC Davis. As Environmental Club president, she has advocated for preserving nature for posterity.

Jazmine Colon was recently accepted to UC Berkeley, where she plans to study environmental economics and policy. She spent her senior year of high school advocating for Meatless Mondays.

Yazmin Sanchez plans to study environmental science at UC Riverside.

The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District will continue to offer its Conservation Scholarship program in the spring of 2021. For information, go to iercd.org/scholarship.

The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District, headquartered in Redlands, is a public agency that provides preservation, restoration, education and outreach services.

For information, go to www.iercd.org or call 909-255- 9631.

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