SEEDS Offers Scholarship to Local High School Seniors

By Sam Miller
Michael “Jake” Burkhardt
SEEDS has once again opened applications for their annual scholarship. Seniors attending Western Wayne High School, Damascus Crhsitan Academy, Canaan Christian Academy, Honesdale High School and Wallenpaupack Area High School, as well as home-schooled seniors that reside within those school’s areas, can apply. The application requires an essay where the student presents three possible solutions to help small communities and businesses become more resilient against future disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The scholarship is worth $1,000 and is made to honor the memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015. Jake worked with SEEDS as a high school student. Applications are due by May 2nd and can be submitted to [email protected]

Details of Participation:

● Entries will be reviewed by a panel of SEEDS volunteers based on the responsiveness to the topic, the persuasiveness, logic, and cohesiveness of the ideas presented.

● The essay may be in the text of the email or in a Microsoft Word file, and should be between 600 and 1600 words in length, plus a "References" page.

● All specific research must contain properly cited sources and any plagiarized content will be disqualified. Please use in-text citations and a reference page with full citations.

● Incorrect grammar and spelling will not be viewed favorably, and plagiarism will disqualify an essay.

● The scholarship funds will be issued directly to the college specified by the student.

● By submitting a response, participants grant SEEDS the right to promote the content and ideas in each submission, with the participant's name and photograph.

● Entries must include:

○ Name

○ Address

○ Email Address

○ Phone number(s)

○ Parent/Guardian Name(s) and Address

○ Current High School (or Homeschool)

○ Proposed Field of Study

○ Name of College you will be attending in the fall

○ Essay

The panel members will review the essays without having access to the students’ information or names. The winner will be notified the following week. The winner cannot be related to any SEEDS staff or board members. By submitting an essay, you are agreeing that SEEDS can use the essay or excerpts from it for publication or other uses, with your name as the author, with your image. Winners will be encouraged to attend an informal meeting with the SEEDS volunteers during the month of July.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a local nonprofit environmental education organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in the Upper Delaware region. Our goals include improving the health of our environment and local economy through energy efficiency and sustainability practices, such as conservation and recycling. For more information, visit, call 570-245-1256 or email [email protected]