MBCA's Conservation Scholarship is the continuation of our commitment to educate the next generation of conservation-conscious citizens. Landon Michael Stitt of Yucca Valley High School is the recipient, with career intentions towards environmentally-conscientious urban planning and engineering. (Directors Sarah Kennington and Steve Bardwell present Landon's scholarship.)
The Women's STEAM Scholarship (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) is provided anonymously by two generations of women who held careers in STEAM fields. Jadyn Sarah Bauer, the founder of Twentynine Palms High School's Environmental Club, is the recipient, with career plans for environmental studies. (Director Laraine Turk presents Jadyn's scholarship.)
Donations in memory of renowned local artist, conservationist, and longtime MBCA member Steve Rieman, make it possible to offer the Steve Rieman Scholarship for students who anticipate incorporating their conservation commitment into careers in writing, fine arts, or design. Kylie Morning Adkins of Black Rock High School is the recipient, with her focus on nature photography and advocacy. (Director Janet Johnston presents Kylie's scholarship.)
Read about the history of the Ruth Denison Scholarships awarded between 2017 and 2021.
The three recipients, all graduating seniors at Yucca Valley High School, include Griffin Hilderbrand, Aidan Parmley, and Aunalisa Terreri.
This is the first year MBCA has awarded three scholarships. A science, technology, engineering, arts and math, or “STEAM” Scholarship, provided anonymously by two generations of women who held careers in the STEAM fields, is new this year and was awarded to Aunalisa Terreri. Recent donations in memory of renowned local artist, conservationist, and longtime MBCA member Steve Rieman, made it possible to offer a third scholarship.
Best wishes to these graduates as they begin their next educational adventure!
- Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour 2020 goes virtual !
- Petition to list Yucca brevifolia as a threatened species.
- A week of Invasive Species Lunchtime Webinars.
- Opposition to Yellow Pine Solar Project
- Action on Eagle Crest Pumping Opposition.
- Funding Mojave Trails Acquisition
- Environmental Justice in Lucerne Valley.
- Opposition to Habitat Conservation Fund Budget Trailer Bill.
- Support for AB3030 For Land and Water Conservation.
- Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease found in the Morongo Basin.
- Ruth Denison 2020 Environmental scholarship recipient.
- Earth Day
- 50th Anniversary Commemorative book distribution
- Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour 2020 postponed
- MBCA and social media initiative
- Ruth Denison Environmental Scholarship: 2020 recipient
- OHV enforcement in the Basin: the Sheriff’s report
- Protecting our dark night sky
- Advancing protection for Joshua trees
- Mountain lions to be considered for protection
- Eagle Crest pumped storage update
- Morongo Basin health care capability vs COVID-19
Environmental Conservation Scholarship History
MBCA's $500 Ruth Denison scholarship was offered annually from 2017 through 2021. It was funded 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. You can learn more about her from this Hi Desert Star article following her death in 2015 or from the Ruth Denison Wikipedia page.
Winners of the 5 Ruth Denison scholarships between 2017 and 2021 are pictured below.
Nicole Serrano, Yucca Valley High School, 2017
Morgan Novak, Yucca Valley High School, 2018
Isabel Ortega, Yucca Valley High School, 2019
Annie Hilderbrand, Yucca Valley High School, 2020
Kahlena Alcantar, Yucca Valley High School, 2021
- San Bernardino County RECE Policy 4.10: Supervisors to vote on 2.28.19
- MBCA 50th and Energy Summit information now on-line
- Applications now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Ruth Denison scholarship
- Supervisors Schedule Special Meeting on RECE 4.10
- DOI Announces Intent to Reopen DRECP
- Missing in Action: SB Co. Renewable Energy Conservation Element
Nicole Serrano, graduating senior and valedictorian at Yucca Valley High School, has been awarded the first Ruth Denison Environmental Conservation Scholarship by MBCA. Nicole has been admitted to the University of California, Davis, to study animal science and environmental science. She is pictured here with Sarah Kennington, President of MBCA. Read more about Ruth Denison's inspirational life on our website's scholarship page.