Student Scholarships

Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) developed the CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship in 2013. The scholarship recognizes students who have helped their school reduce waste by utilizing the tenets of the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. With this scholarship, CVSan hopes to foster environmental stewardship and leadership and to encourage students to take action in bringing environmental awareness to their schools.


Download the CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship application for the 2020/21 school year.

Applications must be received by CVSan no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021, no exceptions.


2019/2020 CVSan Scholarship Winners:
CVSan is pleased to announce the winners of the FY 2019/20 CVSan Environmental Leader in Waste Reduction Scholarship: Ciara Bolt and Grace Boyd!

  Ciara Bolt Senior Portrait              Grace Boyd Senior Portrait

 Ciara Bolt demonstrated her environmental leadership by serving as President of the Smart Environment Club at Castro Valley High School (CVHS), where she participated in student education about recycling, organics, and reducing waste, and organized recycling and organics containers around campus. Bolt was also an Intern with Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, where she completed over 60 hours of service during the Summer of 2019 and received certification by giving presentations on the environmental impacts of farming. Bolt’s scholarship essay described what environmental stewardship means to her:

To me, environmental stewardship is the responsibility for all to take part in the care and upkeep of our environment, whether that be in your backyard garden, a park that you frequent, or your own home. By leaving it better than you found it or striving to reduce your carbon footprint in any way that you can, any aspect of someone’s life can be a means to practice environmental stewardship.

Grace Boyd demonstrated her environmental leadership by serving as an Intern with Earth Team. While attending CVHS, she worked on a museum exhibit to promote sustainability and regularly participated in clean-ups and restoration projects. Boyd was also an Environmental Commissioner at CVHS where she led the school’s work on the Green Ribbon Program Application. Boyd’s scholarship essay explains what she believes environmental stewardship is:

Environmental stewardship is nurturing the planet the same way it has nurtured me my entire life” and that “the motto If not me, then who? has guided me throughout my life, especially in my care for the environment. Leading by example is a powerful way to make a difference and inspire a society of conscious nature lovers.

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