WWU Student Wins Environmental Scholarship

A William Woods University student from O’Fallon, Mo, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship for her efforts in starting WWU’s recycling club.

The student, Jessica Gabrian, is a senior majoring in American Sign Language interpreting. She received the scholarship from the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM).

“I always have been interested in recycling and doing my part to benefit the environment,” she said. “Currently there are many issues with our environment and I hoped that our efforts could encourage the William Woods community to get involved.”

The club, which originated last spring, is called R-Cubed (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). It encourages students to recycle aluminum, plastic and paper/cardboard.

Gabrian said the club has about 100 members and they have several plans for this academic year. They want to bring in a speaker to educate the campus about what goods can be recycled. Also, members are planning to have an Earth Day event and hope to have student artists paint the recycling dumpster.

NAEM is a national professional organization of environmental, health and safety managers dedicated to advancing the principles and profession of environmental management.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter of NAEM offers the scholarship to promote an interest in environmental stewardship and to show today’s college students there is support for environmentally oriented occupations.

Gabrian said, “I was very honored and excited to win.”