Environmental Awards and Youth Leadership Scholarship

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Nominations of individuals or organizations for the Distinguished Service Award or Certificates of Appreciation must be received by September 15, 2017. Awardees are recognized at our Annual Meeting and Grants & Environmental Awards Celebration in November. To learn more, please download a Nomination Form.

Annual Environmental Awards: Each year the foundation honors individuals and groups to highlight their contributions to the region. The Distinguished Service Award is given for outstanding life-long accomplishments in the area of natural resource preservation, conservation or development. Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to recognize significant environmental programs and projects.

Past recipients:
2016: Distinguished Service Award – Thomas ODell; Certificates of Appreciation – Connecticut Water Company; Connecticut River Expeditions/RiverQuest
2015: Distinguished Service Award – Sue Merrow; Certificates of Appreciation – Common Goods Garden; Food for All Garden; Long Lane Farm
2015: In honor of Rockfall Foundation’s 80th Year – David Bingham, Eric Hammerling, Amy Blaymore Paterson
2014: Distinguished Service Award – Alliance for Sound area Planning (ASaP); Certificates of Appreciation – Jim and Sara Keaney, Suellen McCuin, Belinda Murano
2013: Distinguished Service Award – Marcie Klattenburg; Certificate of Appreciation – Chris Zurcher
2011: Distinguished Service Award – Karl Wagner; Certificates of Appreciation – Margo Burns, Ken Kruse

Virginia R. Rollefson Environmental Leadership Scholarship recognizes outstanding contributions by a high school student residing in the Lower Connecticut River Valley who is presently involved with a significant environmental program or project in the areas of natural resource preservation, conservation, restoration or development. The scholarship is named in honor of Rockfall former Executive Director, Virginia R. “Ginny” Rollefson, who retired in 2010 after 24 years of service to the foundation. The award honors her long service to the Foundation, her enthusiasm, and her belief that we all benefit when young people are actively engaged in making their communities a better place to live. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year.
Applications for the next scholarship award are due by March 2, 2018.