The Samson Parashina Award

Samson Parashina, president of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, has developed a holistic approach to integrating community development and cultural preservation with protection of wildlife and conservation of natural space in Kenya.  In his honor, we offer three scholarships to students of color enrolling in 1st-7th grade who demonstrate exceptional interest and enthusiasm for environmentalism or natural sciences. To apply:

  • Student must have completed their application to The Garden School of Marietta for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Student must submit a 300-500 word essay on the topic of their particular environmentalism or natural sciences interest, and a letter of recommendation.
  • Student will be invited to participate in a 1-hour workshop assessment which will give them an opportunity to take a nature walk and participate in an age-appropriate citizen science project.
  • Student will be invited to participate in a 1-hour workshop assessment which will give them an opportunity to take a nature walk and participate in an age-appropriate citizen science project. Awards will be made by April 1st, 2017.

A true conservationist is knows that the world is not given by their parents, but borrowed from their children.
— John James Audubon

The following awards will be made: 1st Place: $15,000 merit scholarship, to be applied to tuition as $3,000/year over 5 years. 2nd Place: $10,000 merit scholarship, to be applied to tuition as $2,000/year over 5 years. 3rd Place: $5,000 merit scholarship, to be applied to tuition as $1,000/year over 5 years.

The Rigoberta Menchu Tum Award

Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a lifelong advocate of indigenous rights, especially those of indigenous women. She has organized resistance to state-sponsored oppression and reminds us all that citizens have a responsibility to hold our government accountable for acting justly. In her honor, we offer three scholarships to students enrolling in 3rd-7th grade who demonstrate exceptional civic interest. To apply:

  • Student must have completed their application to The Garden School of Marietta for the 2017-2018 school year. 
  • Student must submit a 300-500 word essay on the topic of responding to injustice, and a letter of recommendation. 
  • Student will be invited to participate in a 1-hour workshop assessment which will give them an opportunity to take a nature walk and participate in an age-appropriate discussion of social responsibility. Awards will be made by April 1st, 2017.
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
— Henry David Thoreau

The following awards will be made: 1st Place: $15,000 merit scholarship, to be applied to tuition as $3,000/year over 5 years. 2nd Place: $10,000 merit scholarship, to be applied to tuition as $2,000/year over 5 years. 3rd Place: $5,000 merit scholarship, to be applied to tuition as $1,000/year over 5 years.

The Aleta Baun Award

In a nation with over 700 living languages, “Mama Aleta” has risked her life to create a powerful movement for environmental preservation, working to empower villagers from indigenous tribes to stand up to the government and commercial interests. In her honor, we offer three scholarships to students enrolling in any class or grade who speak a language other than English in the home and who demonstrate a high level of empathy and an inclination toward constructive collaboration. To apply:

  • Student must have completed their application to The Garden School of Marietta for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Student must submit a 300-500 word essay on the topic of teamwork, and a letter of recommendation. 
  • Student will be invited to participate in a 1-hour workshop assessment which will give them an opportunity to take a nature walk and participate in an age-appropriate activity to explore social awareness. Awards will be made by April 1st, 2017.
We regard the earth as the human body; that stone is our bone, water is our blood, land is our flesh, and forest is our hair and our arteries.
— Aleta Baun

The following awards will be made: 1st Place: $15,000 merit scholarship, to be applied to tuition as $3,000/year over 5 years. 2nd Place: $10,000 merit scholarship, to be applied to tuition as $2,000/year over 5 years. 3rd Place: $5,000 merit scholarship, to be applied to tuition as $1,000/year over 5 years.