Ruth Denison Scholarship





Nicole Serrano with MBCA President Sarah Kennington 


MBCA's Ruth Denison Environmental Conservation Scholarship has been awarded to Nicole Serrano, graduating senior and valedictorian at Yucca Valley High School.  The $500 scholarship is available through a generous bequest from Ruth Denison, a long-time supporter of the association.  

Ruth Denison was the first Buddhist teacher in the United States to lead an all-women's retreat for Buddhist meditation and instruction.  Her center, Dhamma Dena Desert Vipassana Center, is located in Joshua Tree, California.  This bequest fulfills one of MBCA's longstanding goals to increase the organization's support of environmental education for local students who plan to attend a university or college and prepare for employment in careers related to environmental or conservation work.  You can learn more about her from this Hi Desert Star article written shortly after her death in 2015 or from this Ruth Denison Wikipedia page.

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