Ernie Foster, a member of the Coastal Federation's Board of Directors, presents the Coastal Stewardship Scholarship check to winner Morgan Fairbanks.

Ernie Foster, a member of the Coastal Federation's Board of Directors, presents the Coastal Stewardship Scholarship check to winner Morgan Fairbanks.

Morgan Fairbanks, this year's valedictorian for Cape Hatteras Secondary School, is the first recipient of the North Carolina Coastal Federation's scholarship for students making a difference along our coast. The federation launched the scholarship opportunity this spring.

            The Coastal Stewardship Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors with outstanding dedication to our coastal environment.

            High school seniors from the 20 North Carolina coastal counties were invited to apply for the scholarship and share their accomplishments and activities that make them a great coastal steward.

            Out of 22 fantastic applicants, the federation’s scholarship committee selected Frisco resident Fairbanks.

            Fairbanks is a graduating senior from Cape Hatteras Secondary School. Throughout her education, she has taken on a wide range of volunteer and extracurricular activities, including beach cleanups, the Cape Hatteras Hatchery Program, North Carolina State University Blue Crab Research Internship and the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles.

            “Environmental sustainability needs to become more of a priority for the sake of future generations,” said Fairbanks. “I am excited to take part in making environmentally conscious changes in society and working with other like-minded people to discover ways to best reduce pollution and conserve the environment.”

            The federation is pleased to use this scholarship to recognize students who have gone the extra mile to protect and restore our coast. Fairbanks has shown outstanding dedication to our coastal environment and plans to continue in her pursuit of a career in the marine science field.

            “We were thrilled to have such a strong group of applicants for the Coastal Stewardship Scholarship this year,” said Sarah King, development director with the federation. “After reading all the different things these students are doing for the coast, we know the future of our coast is in good hands."

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