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NAPS Awards Six Scholarships for 2018

NAPS 2018 Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to NAPS scholarship awardees (from left) Lucinda Wigfield, Morgan Wilson, Zachary Swift, Lizzy Swann, and Shannon Baker. Not pictured: Noah Hamilton.

Six Northumberland High School seniors received scholarships from the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS), during the Senior Recognition presentation ceremony at the school auditorium, May 31, 2018.

Lucinda Wigfield received a special $1,000 scholarship from the NAPS Endowment Fund ­in recognition of her past and future dedication to environmental education and science. The NAPS Endowment Fund was created from a generous gift from the estate of Charlie Fears and other NAPS members who have added contributions. Five $500 scholarships were awarded to Shannon Baker, Noah Hamilton, Lizzy Swann, Zachary Swift, and Morgan Wilson. NAPS President Mike Ahart presented the scholarships along with Martha Tallent, chair of the NAPS Scholarship Committee. Ahart outlined many of the school and student projects and programs NAPS has created and sponsored, including building the outdoor classroom and nature trail features, and creating and funding STEM projects such as a student-built solar panel and a virtual/augmented reality program. He added that NAPS takes students on Eco-Tours of the Chesapeake Bay – including one scheduled for June 7 – and that NAPS again sponsored a middle school underwater robotics team at the SeaPerch national finals June 2 in Massachusetts.

“We had a fantastic group of students apply for scholarships,” said Tallent. “Our committee chose eleven students to interview – and they went so well we had a difficult time paring it down to six.”

Selection was based on a combination of environmental and community service, high school grades, college interest, and need.

To donate to the NAPS Scholarship Endowment Fund, visit – or mail a check payable to NAPS to P.O. Box 567, Heathsville, VA 22473. Please write “Scholarship Fund” in the memo line.

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