POUGHKEEPSIE – Mya Carter, a senior at Poughkeepsie Day School, has been awarded the Earth Day Scholarship by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Carter will be attending Skidmore College to study environmental science with a minor in biology.
Mya is particularly interested in marine conservation and uses her Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) scuba certification to work on coral restoration initiatives. In her free time, Mya enjoys musical theatre, dance, making art, and playing volleyball. Carter plans to put the scholarship money towards tuition, ensuring that she can further her education and make a positive environmental impact.
Miss Carter, in her scholarship application wrote “I have been accepted to intern in marine conservation at Fundacion Aldeas de Paz in the Dominican Republic. I will continue to work restoring corals and mangroves as well as work controlling invasive species; I will also engage in community outreach to educate local school children about the importance of coral reefs and habitat conservation. I have started Spanish lessons in order to be more effective and successful during my internship. I plan to continue this work through college and beyond, knowing that my actions help ecosystems survive the climate crisis and, more broadly, all members of the global community.”
The NSHSS is an international honors and scholarship program co-founded by Claes Nobel and James Lewis. It offers a lifetime of benefits, pairing the highest performing students worldwide with high school and college scholarships, events, connections, internships, and career opportunities that begin in high school and carry on through college and careers. For more information, visit https://www.nshss.org/.