2020 – 2021 Scholarship Recipients

A&WMA-GCC 2020 – 2021 Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarships were awarded to four students who demonstrated impressive academic and/or research excellence, passion for the environment, and community engagements and involvements through volunteer activities or participation in professional organizations.  The students were awarded $2,000 each.


Yunseo Choi

Yunseo is pursuing a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. She has a passion for the environment and science. Currently, she is researching the impact of COVID-19 policies on air quality in the US and wants to continue researching methods to mitigate the negative impact of air pollution on humans.  She hopes to be an air quality expert who can contribute to new technologies in order to build a safer habitat.

Hazel Lee Scott

Hazel is a senior studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. She is passionate about renewable energy and is excited to be a part of the coming energy transition to low-carbon and renewable options. Beyond school and work, she enjoys embroidering and playing flag football with her friends.

Abimbola Olorode

Abimbola is a landscape Architecture Graduate student at Texas A&M University. She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria where she has experienced first-hand the adverse effect of industrial waste on communities. This has fueled her desire to foster the development of sustainable, livable communities in densely populated cities creating a harmonious relationship between the built and natural environment.  She is currently passionate about how best to maximize brownfield redevelopments in the light of a growing population.

Uchechi Grace Nwaiwu

Uchechi is a Ph.D. student in Environmental Toxicology at Texas Southern University (TSU), Houston, Texas. She is working at Dr. Zivar Yousefipour laboratory at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Environmental Health Sciences where she is investigating the epigenetic effects of an environmental pollutant, Acrolein, on the cardiovascular system using rats as the model of study, and advanced analytical techniques. She is currently an intern at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as an Environmental Investigator. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Toxicology from TSU and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria.

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