AWA’s Malcolm P. Crooks Scholarship Program

Malcolm P. Crooks was one of the founders of the AWA, and many other conservation-oriented non-profit organizations throughout our area. Malcolm's outstanding contributions, both regionally and nationally, have fostered a greater public appreciation for conservation and the value in protecting the environment. Malcolm was actively involved with conservation since the 1940s. It is with great sadness that we mark his passing this May.

To honor the lasting impact that Malcolm has had in our community, the AWA established the Malcolm P. Crooks Honorary Scholarship in 2013 to award a civic-minded New Hope Solebury-High School (NHS-HS) senior who has displayed excellence in the science and plans to continue his/her formal education in the broad field of physical sciences. The AWA scholarship honors Malcolm’s many outstanding contributions, regionally and nationally, which have fostered a greater public appreciation for conservation and the value in protecting the environment. Malcolm’s contributions in our community will forever serve as an excellent example of how one individual can make a lasting impact.

In 2017, the AWA created a separate restricted Malcolm P. Crooks Scholarship fund to enable the scholarship program to forever serve as a way for our community to honor Malcolm’s many environmental contributions and benefit our high school students.

To learn more about the AWA and its scholarship program, please contact us at 267-714-8170 or info@aquetongwatershed.org.

If you want to contribute to AWA’s Malcolm Crooks Scholarship grant fund, please send your tax deductible donation to the Aquetong Watershed Association, P.O. Box 504, New Hope, PA 18938, or send us your donation through PayPal by clicking the Donate button below.

 
 

MALcolm crooks honorary Scholarship Recipients

 

2019 Recipient - Jessica Steinberg

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In the fall, Jessica will attend the University of Pittsburgh Honors College and plans to major in bioengineering or biology.  At NH-S High School, she achieved an excellent overall grade point average and excelled in many AP courses.  Jessica also served as an officer of the Environmental Club, volunteered as a junior fire fighter, and served on the New Hope Borough's Junior Council. 

 
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Mr. Chris Cook, a NH-S HS science teacher and member of the AWA Scholarship Committee, recommended Ms. Steinberg stating, "Jessica was a unanimous decision among those that have had her in class.  She is an outstanding student and a wonderful person."

The AWA congratulates Jessica on this great achievement!


2018 Recipient - Claudia Koeppen

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Ms. Claudia Koeppen has been awarded the Malcolm P. Crooks Honorary Scholarship from the Aquetong Watershed Association.  

On hand to present the award at New Hope-Solebury High School's June 13th Senior Award Ceremony was AWA's President, Les Isbrandt and Secretary, Jade Greene.

 

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Claudia was selected to receive the annual AWA Scholarship award on the basis of her scholastic and community achievements.

In the fall, Claudia will attend Duke University and plans to major in Chemistry. Claudia has excelled in every AP Science course offered at NH-S High School.

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2017 RecipientS - Hannah RESZKA and Shaelyn Parker

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In 2017 the Malcolm Crooks Honorary Scholarship was awarded to TWO Solebury High School Seniors, Shaelyn Parker and Hannah Reszka.

Shaelyn and Hannah were selected to receive the annual AWA Scholarship award on the basis of their scholastic and community achievements.

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2016 RecipientS - Kelly Hayden

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New Hope-Solebury High School senior Kelly Hayden received the 2016 Malcolm Crooks Honorary Scholarship from the Aquetong Watershed Association (AWA) on May 17.

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2015 Recipient – Katherine Kowalchick

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On May 21, New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Katherine Kowalchick, received the 2015 Malcolm Crooks Honorary Scholarship from the Aquetong Watershed Association.  On hand to present the award was AWA Director and President, Les Isbrandt and AWA Director and Secretary, Jade Greene.

“Katherine Kowalchick was selected to receive the annual AWA Scholarship award on the basis of both her scholastic and community achievements. In addition, Katherine represents exactly the type of student the AWA wishes to honor in its Malcolm Crooks Scholarship program. Katherine will attend the Colorado School of Mines and plans to major in engineering. Her interest in this field of study developed from her desire to understand more about how best to balance science and economics with protecting the environment.”


2014 Recipient – Allison Russo

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On May 27, 2014 New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Allison Russo, received the first Malcolm Crooks Honorary Scholarship from the Aquetong Watershed Association.  On hand to present the award was AWA Director and Treasurer Les Isbrandt.

“Allison Russo was selected to receive the first annual AWA Scholarship award on the basis of both her scholastic and community achievements. In addition, Allison represents exactly the type of student the AWA wishes to honor in its Malcolm Crooks Scholarship program,” said Isbrandt, chair of AWA’s Selection Committee. In the fall, Allison will attend Boston University and plans to major in physical science with emphasis on neuroscience."