Past Scholarship Award Winners
Charles Robinson, Jr. is the 2015 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship. Mr. Robinson is pursuing a MS in Conservation Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He demonstrates incredible dedication to our native amphibian species; his fascination of their importance and their vulnerabilities. His graduate research is devoted to better understanding the mysteries of emerging amphibian diseases like Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in the headwaters of the Hudson River. Former supervisors point to Mr. Robinson’s relentless pursuit of knowledge in the cutting-edge field of disease ecology and his effectiveness as a problem solver. Upon completing his studies, he intends to follow a career in wetland management in New York, aiding in the mitigation of amphibian diseases and ensuring future generations have the same opportunities to be inspired by amphibians.
Maija Niemisto is the 2014 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship for her exceptional achievements that exemplify the mission of TGF. Ms. Niemisto will be beginning the M.S. program in Marine Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in the fall. She has dedicated her academic and professional life to knowledge in the environmental and conservation sciences. Those that know her have been witness to her “incredibly strong work ethic and unrivaled positive outlook.” Her graduate research using an echosounder in collaboration with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will directly impact our understanding of the ecosystem dynamics of the historic river. Ms. Niemisto tells us that she has chosen to spend her life learning and teaching about water; “what lives below the surface of it, what threatens it, and how to protect it.”
Emily Svenson is the 2014 recipient of a $10,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship. Since Svenson received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she has worked as Consultant and Partner at Mid-Hudson Ecological Services, LLC, Environmental Analyst at NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee, and in many other positions that support her passion for protecting water quality and thoughtful environmental protection. She serves as Ward 1 Councilwoman and Deputy Supervisor for the Hudson Valley town of Hyde Park and previously served as their Conservation Advisory Council Chair. Mrs. Svenson has also managed many local water quality and climate resilience projects as the Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts. “My commitment to environmental issues in the region is deep and steadfast,” she states. Once completing her degree at Pace Law School, she plans to continue this commitment in even greater ways.
Patrick Francis Carroll is the 2012 recipient of a $4,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship. He recently completed his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Environmental Law, Policy and Planning Option, at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Having grown up in the Hudson River Valley, Mr. Carroll has observed the importance of maintaining the health of local ecology through the legal checks that protect it: “the one location [that] has formed a deeper foundation for my passion of environmentalism though policy and law.” He views Pace Law School as his door to participating more directly in local and national stewardship. Mr. Carroll’s exemplary experiences include applying the technical and economic analyses of Iceland to international energy consumption during a study abroad opportunity. He also served as a legal intern in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of General Counsel, Region 3. To this experience, Mr. Carroll credits a strengthened conviction to pursue a legal education and an even greater appreciation of local stewardship.2011
Sean Fitzgerald is the 2011 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship. He is currently working toward earning his Bachelor degree in Marine Vertebrate Biology and Environmental Science from SUNY Stony Brook University. Upon graduation from Stony Brook he plans to continue pursuing his studies in a PhD program. It is his long term goal to devote his professional life to the conservation and restoration of biodiversity through any and all appropriate means. "I feel that I personally owe it to our own generation, generations to come, and most importantly the species that cohabitate the globe with us, to devote my career to saving and restoring as much of the natural world as I can."
Lincoln Lande is the 2011 recipient of a $2,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship. Mr. Lande, who focused on environmental economics and alternative energy in undergraduate school, has collaborated with others to promote grassroot efforts to improve community sustainability and energy efficiency in business and community alike. His undergraduate thesis work on Cellulosic ethanol provided an opportunity to explore how economically viable this alternative energy source may be for America. Mr. Lande is a 2009 graduate of Skidmore College where he earned his BA in Economics and his BS in Management and Business.
Thomas Ruane is the 2011 recipient of a $2,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship. Mr. Ruane, who has worked as an energy analyst on projects with the New York Research and Development Authority, is captivated by new concepts and applications of energy efficiency. With extensive experience as an energy analyst, he has seen how crucial green energy policy and technology is to a cleaner more efficient future. Mr. Ruane is a 2009 graduate of SUNY University at Albany where he earned his BA in Economics with a minor in political science.
Laura Bendernagel is the 2010 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship. She is currently working towards earning her Bachelor degree in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University with plans to continue her education post-graduation. It is Ms. Bendernagel’s career goal to use her professional skills to work with fellow engineers and governing policymakers to develop and implement clean, sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels on a large scale. “I hope my efforts will encourage others to realize that their actions, however small they may seem, have environmental consequences and that living more sustainably does not mean a decrease in the joy of life today, only a brighter tomorrow.”
Meredith Van Horn is the 2009 recipient of the $3,500 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship. She received her BA in Political Science from Boston College in 2003, and went on to earn her MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University in 2007. Ms. Van Horn is currently working towards earning her JD and Certificate in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law, where she currently works as a research assistant under Professor Nicholas Robinson, helping to draft chapters of a new textbook on climate change. She is also a legal intern at Zarin & Steinmetz, an environmental boutique firm. Ms. Van Horn’s goal is to “educate the public and encourage legislation to mitigate the impacts of climate change and create solutions to adapt to the changes it will bring.” Van Horn has had many years of experience in pursuing her career in environmental law, and works tirelessly to achieve her goal of working as a lawyer for the environment. “For me, protecting the environment is not just a career path; it is a way of life, a moral choice.”
Travis Brown is the 2009 recipient of a $4,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Scholarship in addition to a substantial merit scholarship. Mr. Brown, as a founding member of the Anam Circle Think Tank in Albany, has collaborated with others to prepare the Kromma Kill Creekshed Community Based Initiative to aid local officials in the Town of Colonie. The Kromma Kill Creekshed is the diverse community of residents living in the “ecoregion” located mostly within the Town of Colonie and adjacent to the Hudson River in Albany County, New York. His full-time intern work at a local District Attorney’s office provided an opportunity to work closely with counsel and fortified his desire to become an attorney. Mr. Brown is a 2009 graduate of Siena College where he earned his BA in Political Science, with a minor in Sociology.
Andrea Caruso is the 2008 recipient of the $2,000 Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship. Ms. Caruso earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University, and continued her education at Purchase College. A native New Yorker, Ms. Caruso, plans to continue her studies on watershed land, particularly biotic and abiotic factors and their interaction and effect on invasive organisms, and the impacts on the health of the land and water. “Without sound land use practices, threats of decreased primary production, as well as erosion, runoff and nutrient loading are likely to increase.” Her goal is to develop strategies for the prevention and management of invasive organisms. Ms. Caruso will be pursuing her Master of Science degree in Biological Studies this fall at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Heather Deichler is the 2008 recipient of a $3,000 Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship. Ms. Deichler received her B.A. in Economics from Vassar College in May 2002. She currently works as a legal assistant for a law firm in Dutchess County which specializes in municipal, environmental and real estate law. The experience has afforded her the opportunity to be exposed to various aspects of the law and to develop an understanding of many of the issues facing local municipalities and individuals. Ms. Deichler is very active within her community, and previously worked at Bard College and Vassar College in various positions. She will be attending Pace Law School’s evening program.