Danvers resident awarded Thoreau Scholarship

Date Published: 
September 7, 2018
Author: 
Jackie Miller

Nadine D. Najah, of Danvers, and a recent graduate of the Pioneer Charter School of Science 2 in Saugus, has been awarded the Henry David Thoreau Scholarship.

The scholarship, supported by the Henry David Thoreau Scholarship Fund, is named for the 19th-century naturalist and author and given annually to eight Massachusetts high school seniors.

The daughter of Samira Najah and the late Abderrahman Najah, Najah will be attending Brown University, where she plans to major in environmental studies. Always a good science student, Najah was inspired to become passionate about climate change after reading Alex Scott’s article “Learning to Love CO2” while preparing a project for a science fair. In addition to studying ways to turn carbon dioxide into a usable product that won awards at local and international science fairs, Najah lives what she preaches by installing water-efficient showerheads in her home and washing clothes in an eco-friendly mode after learning in her AP Environmental Science class how much energy is used on wasted water. Najah intends to use what she will learn in college to help reverse, or end, the effects of climate change.

The Henry David Thoreau Scholarships are $20,000 four-year scholarships awarded to students graduating from public or private high schools. High school seniors awarded the scholarships can enroll in any college and university in the world while they major or minor in an environmentally related field. Thoreau scholars are encouraged to enroll in internships or study abroad to broaden their awareness and understanding of environmental issues.

Henry David Thoreau Scholars have studied a wide variety of environmentally related areas, including biology, epidemiology, oceanography, international affairs and environmental law, and upon completing their undergraduate degrees, they became members of the Henry David Thoreau Society. Thoreau Scholar alumni have formed companies and organizations, including the animation company Oxbow, with clients including WildAmerica and the Center for Food Safety; satellite imagery startup CroWardAI; and the nonprofit energy organization Equitable Origin.

The foundation further assists its scholarship winners by identifying environmentally related internships, offering internship stipends and providing networking opportunities. A sign of success of the foundation’s mission to foster environmental leadership is the support past scholarship winners provide to present scholarship winners.

An online application will be available in October. Students have until Feb. 1, 2019, to apply.

For information on the Thoreau Scholarships, visit http://thoreauscholar.org.