Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Program

The Land Conservancy’s Scholarship Program awards two scholarships annually, the Russell W. Myers Scholarship and the Rogers Family Scholarship.  In 2020, two deserving students studying environmental science, natural resource management, conservation, horticulture, park administration, or a related field will be selected.

The Russell W. Myers Scholarship Fund was established in 1983 to honor Mr. Myers, the founder of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, and the first scholarship was issued the following year. Mr. Myers was an outstanding leader in the field of conservation who served as the first Director of the Morris County Park Commission for more than a quarter century. His dynamic leadership established the Morris County Park System as the largest county park system in the State of New Jersey and one of the finest in the nation.

The Rogers Family Scholarship was established in 2005 by Gray and Mollie Rogers, dedicated conservationists who wanted to expand The Land Conservancy’s educational support for outstanding environmentally-oriented students. The Rogers family developed a challenge to help raise additional funds for the scholarships. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of the Rogers family the grants given by The Land Conservancy’s Scholarship program have tripled.

The Scholarship Program is administered by the Board of Trustees of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey.  Payment of the scholarship is made directly to the institution that the successful candidate attends.  Applications for 2020 are available now and must be postmarked by April 1.

For questions about our scholarship program, please contact Barbara McCloskey at or 973-541-1010 x14

Past Scholarship Recipients

2019 – Xena Itzkowitz

American University & United Nations University for Peace
Major: Double Master, International Relations and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

2018-Patrick Carney

University of Delaware
Double Major: Wildlife and Insect Ecology & Conservation

2017-Sandeep Dhagat

Raritan Valley Community College
Major: Biology and Environmental Science

2019 – Michael Allers

Raritan Valley Community College & Rutgers University
Major: Environmental Sciences

2018 – Justin Rozema

Paul Smith’s College
Major: Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, minor Chemistry

2017-Morgan Torstenson

Franklin and Marshall College
Major: Geoscience, minor in Environmental Studies

2016-Charlotte Leib

Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Major: Master in Landscape Architecture

2015- Olivia Tempest

Duke University
Dual Masters in Forestry and Environmental Management

2014 – Michael Endicott

Rutgers University, New Jersey
Major: Geography

2016- James Duffy

Rutgers University, New Jersey
Major: Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources

2015-Ryan Martens

Rutgers University, New Jersey
Major: Environmental Planning and Design

2014 – Rebecca Wolf

American University
Major: Environmental Science, Law, and Society

2013 – Hannah Morris

University of California, Berkeley
Major: Society &Environment Minor: Sustainable Design

Samantha Apgar
2012 – Samantha Apgar

Georgetown University
Major: Environmental Biology

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2011 – Brian Curry

Rutgers University
Environmental Planning & Design

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2013 – Samuel Gersie

University of Vermont
Major: Environmental Science

2012 – Stephanie Rivera

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Major: Environmnetal Studies

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2011 – Steven Sheets

Delaware Valley College
Major: Environmental Science

2010 – Amy Burzynski

Dartmouth College
Major: Environmental & Earth Science

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2009 – Drew Hart

Rutgers University
Major: Ecological & Natural Resources

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2008 – Tom Reed

Rutgers University
Major: Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior

2010 – Carly Furman

Cornell University – Major: Natural Resources
Graduate Studies: Rutgers University Major: Environmental Chemistry

2009 – Kyle Rossner

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Major: Environmental Studies

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2008 – Matthew Trump

University of Maine
Major: Wildlife Ecology

2007 – Bonnie Waring

University of Pennsylvania – Major: Biology Graduate studies: University of Texas at Austin
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

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2006 – Louise Jensen

Bard College
Major: Environmental Policy

2007 – Christa DiLalo

Rutgers University
Major: Environmental Policy

2006 – Katherine Ghilain

Vassar College – Major: Environmental Studies
Graduate Studies: New York University School of Law
Major: Environmental Law