Diversity in Environmental Professions Scholarship Program
The Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals is proud to offer a scholarship program aimed at supporting diversity in the environmental professions. The program is intended to promote the professional development of students who are underrepresented in the environmental field (i.e. BIPOC, women, minorities).
The scholarship award, up to $2,000, is used to support the student's education and/or give them opportunities to participate in the environmental professionals community, covering such things as NWAEP membership fees (if the applicant isn't already a member), tuition for attendance at the NAEP annual conference (registration, travel, and room and board), and/or books and supplies.
2023 DEI Scholarship
In their search to find a student who was inspiring in their pursuit of experience in the environmental field, the NWAEP's Scholarship Committee found not one but two worthy candidates: Tai-Renée King and Lena Wang! We are proud to welcome Tai-Renée and Lena as colleagues in the field, and cannot wait to see what they accomplish!
My name is Tai-Renée King, and I am double majoring in Ecological Engineering and Natural Resources with a concentration in Urban Forestry at Oregon State University. As a non-traditional student, I chose to return to school in pursuit of my dream to build sustainable communities in underserved areas such as the one I grew up in. Right out of high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study and I took time off to discover my passion and life goals. This led me to find fulfillment in community outreach work and connecting people to resources. Taking the time to realize my life’s goal and true potential has allowed me to excel academically and accept new experiences with open arms. This scholarship will help me continue to serve the community that raised me with a more well-rounded education.
Lena Wang is honored to receive the NWAEP scholarship and excited to attend the NAEP conference. She is finishing up her masters degree in the Water Resource Sciences program at Oregon State University, where she studies carbon dynamics and transport in the vadose zone. Upon graduation, she is seeking environmental jobs related to underground water and solute transport. During her free time, she enjoys throwing ceramics and growing vegetables.