National Recycling Coalition awards 2016 scholarships

Four students from the New Orleans area receive $1,500 each.

September 9, 2016

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC), Washington, has awarded four New Orleans-area college students with scholarships to apply toward their higher education in the sustainability field.

In 1994 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 Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund has endowed more than $102,000 in scholarships to 58 college students.

"The Murray J. Fox Scholars represent a future world in which recycling and sustainability is paramount," says Bob Gedert, president of NRC. "These students were chosen among 27 applications for their outstanding qualities, including a demonstrated interest in and passion for recycling, and academic performance. We applaud the efforts of the scholarship winners."

NRC's Campus Council evaluated the 27 applications and made its recommendations, with scholarships being awarded to:

  • Kia Barnes, a sophomore studying environmental science at Dillard University; 
  • Sage Leopold, a sophomore studying environmental studies at Tulane University;
  • Jessica Meyer, a sophomore studying biology at University of New Orleans; and
  • Anthony Rizzi, an environmental studies sophomore at Loyola University.

Each student was awarded $1,500 to assist with his or her education, complementary admission to the 2016 Resource Recycling Conference, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 in New Orleans, and a one-year membership to the National Recycling Coalition.