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In remembrance of Mr. Morrow's dedication to the

environment and commitment to communicating the importance

of conserving our limited resources,

METRA offers an annual $1,500 scholarship.


This scholarship is intended to encourage undergraduate and graduate students who exhibit inherent interest and academic potential in fields related to environmental sciences and who inspire to work on problems of importance in industry and/or academia in Central Florida.

The recipient will receive a $1,500 academic scholarship provided by

METRA’s Scholarship Fund.

The recipient will be recognized at METRA’s annual Environmental Excellence Day and present their essay during a monthly METRA meeting. The selected submittal will be posted on

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Michael T. Morrow
Memorial Environmental Scholarship








Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate junior or senior or graduate student enrolled at UCF, UF, USF, Eckerd, Embry-Riddle, FAU (Harbor Branch campus), Florida Polytechnic, Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Rollins, Stetson and Seminole State. 

  • Any major or minor with the intention of pursuing a career in the environmental field.

  • Undergraduate juniors/seniors and graduate students must be in good or non-probationary standing and have at least one semester remaining at time of award.

How to Apply

  1. A 500-word-maximum essay detailing your plausible solution or projected/successful implementation of a project or program to either pre-empt or solve a Florida environmental issue. Your essay will be judged on Originality, Presentation (professional assemblage suitable for publication), and Written Communication (grammar and clarity). A word count (not including references) must be included at the end of the document.    

  2. A 200-word-maximum career objective describing your involvement in the environmental field through extra-curricular activities and explaining why you are dedicated to environmental stewardship and pursuing a career in the environmental field. A word count must be included at the end of the document.

  3. Submit completed application package consisting of your essay and career objective in pdf format, transcript(s) and a collegiate academic or professional reference who is familiar with your career objectives by the submittal deadline.

  4. Attend a METRA general meeting shortly after notification to present essay and receive funds.

Applications Open: February 20, 2024

Application Deadline: November 1, 2024

Recipient Announced: November 15, 2024

Your essay, career objective, current transcript(s) and professional reference must be emailed by

November 1, 2024 to


Please contact

Danielle Mohan at 407-690-7827

or email

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METRA Scholarship Committee


Danielle Mohan (Chair), Central Florida Tourism Oversight District

Andre Roy, NSU Florida - IDEP

Dr. Michael Hampton, University of Central Florida

Debra Rutland, Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department 

Allison Chancy, Florida Department of Environmental Protection



2023 Recipient

Ashpreet Kaur

University of Florida

Graduate Student

School of Natural Resource and Environment

2023 Topic:

"Orlando's Path to Zero Waste: Unlocking the Potential of Zero Waste Cities in Florida"


2022 Recipient

Alessandra Pandolfi

University of Central Florida

Graduate Student

Urban Ecology

2022 Topic:

"The Power of Collaboration in Building a Sustainable Future in Florida Cities"

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2021 Recipient


Dassie Persaud-van der Westhuizen

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Graduate Student

Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability

2021 Topic: 

"Vertical Farming for the Aviation Industry in Florida"

2020 Recipient


Hallie Fischman

University of Florida

Graduate Student

Environmental Studies

2020 Topic: 

"Sand Dune Restoration in Florida"


2019 Recipient


Marshall Kirchner

University of South Florida

Environmental Studies

2019 Topic: 

"Water Policies Concerning Florida's Red Tide"

2018 Recipient


Kendal Westphal 

University of South Florida

Environmental Studies

2018 Topic: 

"An environmental challenge in the State of Florida and ways to resolve or manage"

2017 Recipient


Amanda Desormeaux

University of Florida

Ph.D. Student

School of Natural Resources and Environment

2017 Topic: 

“The Important Threats to Biodiversity in Central Florida with Follow-up Considerations Toward Implementing Realistic and Reasonable Solutions”

2016 Recipient


Hannah Brown

University of Florida

Graduate Student

Interdisciplinary Ecology

2016 Topic: 

“How can Central Florida emphasize environmental protection while welcoming a growing population with increased land development requirements?”

2015 Recipient


Larissa Curran

University of Central Florida

Engineering Major

  2015 Topic: 

   “Is Global Warming a Hoax?      Is It Being Exaggerated?”

2014 Recipient


Bethany Eriksen

Rollins College
Environmental Studies

2014 Topic: 

“How to Integrate Social Media to Influence

Environmental Behavior Change”

2013 Recipient


Kaitlin Wood

University of Florida

Environmental Engineering Major

2013 Topic: 

“An Introspective on How to Best Employ 

Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices”

2011 & 2012 Recipient


Ilana Feldman

Rollins College
Environmental Studies

2012 Topic: 

“Environmental Stewardship in Challenging Economic Times”

2011 Topic: 

“Importance of Water Conservation in Central FL”

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