The National Recycling Coalition awarded four students with Murray J. Fox Scholarships on September 30, 2015, at the Murray J. Fox Scholarship and NRC Annual Awards Presentation Lunch. The Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1994, when Murray Fox, a long-time supporter and member of the NRC, started a fund to provide scholarships to college students interested in recycling. Since then, the trust fund has endowed over $96,000 in scholarships to more than 54 college students.
Three Indianapolis area colleges’ faculty and financial aid offices referred this year’s scholars. This year’s scholarship recipients are:
- Ryan Hackbarth a senior at Hanover College studying Geophysics,
- Leah Lahue a senior at Hanover College studying Environmental Biology and Secondary Education,
- Gabrielle Vinyard a junior in the Honors Program at Butler University studying Biology, and
- Spencer Wesche a junior at Franklin College studying Ecology and Conservation.
“The students selected this year have the aptitude and commitment to make a difference with their degrees,” according to Jack DeBell, NRC Board member from the University of Colorado, who manages the scholarship program. “ Ryan, Leah, Gabby, and Spenser represent the future of our industry and join fellow scholars in the NRC’s Alumni Network, to realize the benefits the Murray Fox endowment continues to provide.”
Each student was awarded $1,500 scholarships to assist with their education, complementary admission to the 2015 Resource Recycling Conference in Indianapolis, IN, and a one-year membership to the National Recycling Coalition.