The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is now accepting applications from eligible high school seniors for the Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is open to students in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania, including Hancock Central, Deposit Central, Eldred, Monticello, and Sullivan West in NY, and Wallenpaupack Area, Honesdale, and Delaware Valley in PA.

In 2015, the Conservancy established the Memorial Scholarship in honor of Vanessa Joy Van Gorder. A recent graduate from West Chester University with a degree in education, Vanessa was passionate about the outdoors and loved exploring the lakes, rivers, and forests of the Upper Delaware River Region with her friends and family. The Conservancy established this scholarship in Vanessa’s memory and to honor her dream of becoming an educator. The scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing a career in education or environmental stewardship.

Students at eligible districts should contact their guidance counselors for applications. Applications must be submitted through the school’s guidance counselor for transmittal to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy Scholarship Committee by March 25, 2022. Recipients of the scholarship will be notified in May.