2014 Sandy Drayer Scholarship and Internship Winner

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Amy Goldfischer, Sandy Drayer, and Andrew Brown

The Sandy Drayer Environmental Scholarship was established in 2004 to honor Sandy Drayer for her more than 20 years of service to the Lower Merion Conservancy and its predecessors, the Lower Merion Preservation Trust and the Lower Merion-Narberth Watershed Association.

In 2013, the single scholarship was split to fund one internship opportunity that is fulfilled in the gardens of The Conservancy, and one scholarship used to support a local high school student to attend a workshop or program outside of Lower Merion, allowing them to delve deeper into a passion of theirs in the environmental field. Last year Facundo Fernandez-Duque attended the 5th Annual Cornell Lab of Ornithology for Young Birders and has now been accepted to Cornell for school this fall.

This year, our scholarship supported Friends’ Central student Amy Goldfischer’s participation in Schuylkill Acts & Impacts, an Expedition to Inspire Watershed Action. This program was spearheaded by the Schuylkill Headwaters Association and was a week-long sojourn to explore the nature and history of the Schulykill River (our source of drinking water) through experiential learning activities such as kayaking, volunteering, and visiting historic sites.

Amy’s expedition took place over seven days starting on June 7th in Schuylkill County, taking a closer look at acid mine drainage and touring a mine and ended on June 14th in Philadelphia, touring Philadelphia Water Department’s green stormwater infrastructure. To see some of the great photos from their trip, visit Schuylkill Acts & Impacts Facebook Page HERE.

This year, our garden internship has been awarded to Andrew Brown, who is going into his senior year at Lower Merion High School. Andrew began his internship on June 23rd and will spend eight weeks working in our native gardens in Lower Merion. Keep an eye out for Andrew in the Wynnewood Valley Park Sensory Garden or in our Native Pollinator Garden in Rolling Hill Park. We are looking forward to spending the summer with him!