The Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) is awarding scholarships to three Burlingame High School (BHS) students who will graduate with the Class of 2022: Becca Jeremias, Journey Steinberg (R) and Hrudhai Umashankar (L).

This is the seventh year that CEC has honored BHS students who have demonstrated a sincere concern for sustainability issues and who show promise to continue addressing environmental problems that threaten our future.

Becca Jeremias studied Environmental Science at BHS, was active in the Environmental Club and led beach cleanups. She has a special interest in overuse of plastics and pollution threats associated with single-use plastic products. Becca will start her college education at College of Marin and plans to transfer to a university where she can prepare for a career in environmental engineering,  environmental health and safety or waste management.

Journey Steinberg (R) took a training session at the Marine Mammal Center as a freshman and learned of the influence of climate change on marine life and biodiversity. His interest was reinforced when he studied AP Environmental Science as a junior. He also was active with the Pacific Beach Coalition, leading groups doing beach cleanups and habitat restoration in Pacifica.  He served as junior site captain of the Linda Mar Beach Habitat Restoration project.  At California State University, Sacramento, he intends to major in ethnic studies with a focus on environmental justice.

As a sophomore, Hrudhai Umashankar (L) participated in the Youth Climate Ambassador program sponsored by the San Mateo County Offices of Education and Sustainability.  While participating in this program, he completed community impact projects to help reduce BHS water consumption and bring eco-friendly and money-saving appliances to low-income families. In recognition of his extensive volunteer activities with this and other organizations, he was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service. Hrudhai plans to study both environmental science and computer science at the University of Washington in Seattle and hopes to research technological tools to address our many environmental crises.

Mike McCord, Chair of CEC, said, “It’s always a pleasure to meet students who have both academic training and volunteer experience in addressing the sustainability challenges that face us. This year’s award winners show great promise in  developing into change makers, and we are proud to support them.”

The CEC Scholarship program has been largely underwritten by the Morris S. Smith Foundation, Sterling Franklin, Trustee.