Marjot Foundation Announces New Funding Opportunities for High School Students

The Marjot Foundation of Falmouth, Massachusetts, announces a new round of funding for environmental research projects for exceptional high school students. Final proposals must be submitted on line and by hard copy by April 1, 2013. Students must be in grades 9-11 so they may devote a year to the project.  Students must present their work at regional science fairs and at the national level if invited to do so. At the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees, the board voted to increase awards to $5000, to be allocated between the mentor, student, research supplies, and an award to the school department.  A science panel reviews all proposals and funding is highly competitive. Students from Massachusetts, Vermont New Hampshire and New York are eligible to apply.

Current awardees of Marjot Awards (2012-2013) include Aheli Chattopadhay, Foxboro, Mass, currently a semi-finalist in the Intel Science Competition and Henry Magun, a Riverdale School student who has presented his work at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting.  Oliver Pomazi, Brattleboro, Vermont is studying invasive species in the southern Vermont area.

At the annual Marjot meeting, The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to invited Dr. Rachel Cox of New York and Woods Hole to join the Marjot Board. Dr. Cox has vast experience both in research and education, adding greatly to the scope of the board. Current trustees include: Dr. Judy McDowell, Chair, Kathryn Wilson, Vice Chair, Ann Craig, Secretary, Neil Moses, Treasurer, Morton Saunders, Elaine Gorman, James Johnson, Robert Morris and Norman Wainwright. Dr. Carol Reinisch (Suitor) serves as the President of the Foundation.

The Marjot Foundation was founded in 1998 in honor of Dr. Reinisch’s parents, Marjorie and Otto, and has funded over 80 high school students. Students from Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York have developed projects ranging from the impact of artificial snow making on the acidity of mountain runoffs to the impact of leaf litter decomposition on the carbon cycle.  Marjot is funded solely by individuals, foundations, and corporations.

Caitlin Feehery