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Feather River College student Elizabeth "Liz" Ramsey, graduating this month, is being honored with notable awards, including the Alice Foster Award in Environmental Studies. Photo submitted

FRC environmental studies student honored

Feather River College’s Environmental Studies Department is pleased to announce that Elizabeth “Liz” Ramsey, graduating this monthy, is being honored with notable awards.

Liz received the Alice Foster Award in Environmental Studies, which is given to a graduating student who is transferring to a four-year institution in the subsequent term.

Selection criteria for the award, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship, include dedication to the field of environmental studies, academic ability and financial need.

Liz also received Honorable Mention from the Udall Foundation after undergoing a rigorous application process. The 2020 competition for the Udall Scholarship was stiff: there were 429 candidates nominated from 199 colleges and universities. A 16-member independent panel reviewed the applications, and 55 Scholars and 55 Honorable Mentions were selected. Only six of the 429 applicants were from junior colleges.

Dr. Will Lombardi, English professor; Carlie McCarthy, chief student services officer; and Dr. Darla DeRuiter, environmental studies professor, all wrote letters of support for Liz. Lombardi and DeRuiter assisted with her extensive application, which required eight essays.

In her letter, McCarthy said, “Liz is an environmental activist and change agent. She is also a leader and influencer and has been able to inspire her peers to take a more conscious effort when it comes to reducing waste and preserving the environment.”

Lombardi wrote, “Liz has a stunning service record as an environmental advocate for someone her age, which, I believe, underlines her lifelong commitment to healthy landscapes and environmental justice.”

Since moving to Quincy from New Buffalo, Michigan, as an 18-year-old freshman, Liz Ramsey has dedicated her time to learning about the environment and giving back with enthusiasm.

During her less than three years in Quincy, she has accomplished a great deal. She has been involved with the FRC Student Environmental Association including serving as president, served as the student rep on FRC Sustainability Action Team, participated in student governance as a member of ASFRC, and spent two years as an Environmental Studies Department Work Study student.

She received the ENVR Passion for Nature Award and has been on the Dean’s List for two years. Liz’s professional goal is to bridge the scientific community and public as a photo-journalist and activist.

Liz has worked for the Plumas National Forest and Plumas Audubon Society, and served the community through Quircus.

She represented the college in several public forums, speaking to large audiences about the Forest and Fire Management Plan. She is a highly skilled birder and artist.

Liz plans to get her bachelor’s degree at Humboldt State starting next fall in Environmental Studies with emphases in Ecology and Conservation and Media Production, plus a Spanish minor.

Throughout her career at FRC, Liz’s hard work and academic excellence has stood out to the faculty in the department. She contributes much to every class she is in, through her thoughtfulness, dedication to environmental concerns, and willingness to always explore new ideas. She elevates the work of others and has added much to the larger community.

Darla DeRuiter is FRC’s faculty rep for the Udall Foundation. In her letter of recommendation, she wrote, “I have been Feather River College’s faculty rep for the Udall Scholarship for a number of years, and have never felt there was a student worthy of nominating for this prestigious award – until now. Liz Ramsey is that student. I am confident she will make a difference and is ready to continue taking on the abundant challenges regarding the conflicts between humans and the natural world. She gives me hope for the future.”

All who know Liz are confident that she will do important work that will contribute to conservation of the natural world.

The Udall Foundation awards Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships for study in fields related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and Tribal public policy, along with many other objectives.

Liz Ramsey, recent Environmental Studies graduate, has received many awards and accolades during her time at FRC, including the Alice Foster Award and Udall Foundation Honorable Mention. She hails from Michigan, and found FRC by googling “best Environmental Studies program in California.” Here she canoes in Sierra Valley to bird watch. Photo submitted

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