2021 Scholarship Winner

Samantha Howey

Honesdale High School

The Lackawaxen River Conservancy is pleased to announce that Samantha Howey, a graduate of Honesdale High School, is the winner of the 2021 Lackawaxen River Conservancy Scholarship.  Samantha received her award at Senior Class Night on June 16, 2021.  She will be attending Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she will study both management and environmental science in pursuit of a career in sustainability management or eco-diplomacy.  Samantha’s particular concern is the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

In her application essay entitled, “What Not to Wear,” Samantha explained her concern clearly and effectively.  She pointed out that the fashion industry accounts for 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply. After learning of the dangers that the fashion industry poses to the environment, Samantha did further research and found that although many companies encourage their customers to discard clothing in order to be on-trend, there are companies focused on sustainability.  Samantha decided to pursue a career to help businesses in the fashion industry adopt plans to reduce carbon emissions and the production of waste.  She hopes to raise awareness about the effects of the fashion industry on the environment.  “The latest fashion trend comes and goes but the environment is always around us.”

Samantha is an outstanding student.  She graduated summa cum laude after a demanding program with a strong emphasis on science.  She used her time and talents well and was able to participate in a number of extracurricular activities.  Her activities included the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership for Service and Seminar.  It was through this program that Samantha learned about the harmful effects of the fashion industry on the environment.  She also participated in the Science Olympiad, Student Council, and the Junior Academy for four years as well as the One Goal Organization for three years. She participated in the Conservation Leadership Academy and the Pathways in Ecological Research Program at the Lacawac Sanctuary and was a member of the National Honor Society.  In addition to this busy schedule, Samantha worked part-time at Home Depot.  Samantha is a welcome and much-needed advocate for the protection of the environment.