EPP Diversity Scholarship

Apply for 2021 EPP Diversity Scholarships

The goal of this scholarship is to increase participation from populations typically underrepresented in the field of environmental science and from geographic regions outside the Portland metro area. The Environmental Professional Program will be offering a $5,000 scholarship that can be used for tuition for the five core classes of the River Restoration Certificate. Information on those classes, including costs, can be found on the course offerings page.

The application process is open to all interested individuals. Applicants should submit a resume and short letter (1 page) describing your career goals and need for the support. One scholarship will be awarded to a single applicant. Applications are due February 1, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. PST. Please e-mail your application as a single PDF or Word document to epp@pdx.edu.

Past Recipients

2021: Sophie Brooks

Sophie is an Environmental Aide for King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. She works in the Ecological Restoration and Engineering Services (ERES) Unit, where she hopes to solidify her career in river restoration and salmon recovery in Washington State. She has an educational background in environmental policy and GIS, and was first introduced to the restoration world through trail maintenance and habitat enhancement projects. 

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2021: Monica Keim

Monica is currently an undergraduate at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, AK with studies focused in Fisheries Ecology, Environmental Policy, and Water Resource Management. Her expected graduation date is June ’22. She will be an intern with NOAA Fisheries in Boise, ID for the 2021 summer season, as a Class of ’20-’22 Scholar in the NOAA EPP/MSI Program. Her project involves water resource reallocation, species reintroduction, and dam repair studies in the Wallowa River Basin, Oregon.


2020: Andrea Wagner

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2019: Jean-Paul Zagarola

As project manager for Bonneville Environmental Foundation since 2015, Jean-Paul develops and implements innovative and large-scale ecological restoration projects for small local non-profits. Jean-Paul takes pride in supporting community-based organizations carry out their conservation work. He brings technical expertise, on-the-ground experience, and a socio-ecological lens to environmental problems. In 2020 he helped form the Mid-Willamette Beaver Partnership, an effort to promote coexistence with beavers in the state and take advantage of beavers' dam building ways to improve conditions for fish, wildlife and water resources. He is now leading that effort.

2018: Sebastian Ford

Scientific Technician, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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2017: Amy Sumner

Project Coordinator, Juneau Watershed Partnership

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2016: Steven Addison

Biological Technician, Northern California Resource Center

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2015: Luis Yanez

Environmental Technician, City of Tacoma

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