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Students win Wangari Maathai award

21 March 2014, 16:58

Nairobi - Two American students have been named the winners of the 2013 Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability.

Alexandra Gumas from Bard High School Early College and Jaylen Gregory, a student from NYC iSchool were selected based on their academic and extracurricular commitment to environmental stewardship within the urban context.

The winners will each receive a $10 000 cash award, intended to be used for their first year of college.

The Wangari Maathai Award is an annual award that honors two New York City public high school seniors. It was inaugurated last year by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bette Midler Family Trust and NYC Parks in honor of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Maathai was a visionary environmentalist and founder of the Green Belt Movement - a tree-planting campaign to promote sustainable development, woman's empowerment, and democracy in Kenya.

Born in Tetu in 1940, Maathai died in 2011.

"Dr. Wangari Maathai's desire to improve the lives of the world's poor and vulnerable communities through environmental stewardship is truly an inspiration, and we are honored to celebrate her life and work with this award," said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation.

"We applaud this year's winners for their strong commitment to the environment and their communities."

- CAJ News

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