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Coastal Federation Awards First Scholarship

Ernie Foster, a member of the federation’s Board of Directors, presents the Coastal Stewardship Scholarship check to winner Morgan Fairbanks. Photo: North Carolina Coastal Federation

BUXTON – Morgan Fairbanks of Frisco was chosen out of 22 applicants for the first North Carolina Coastal Federation scholarship for students who make a difference along the coast.

Graduating high school students from the state’s 20 coastal counties were invited to apply for the $1,000 Coastal Stewardship Scholarship.

Fairbanks is a graduating senior from Cape Hatteras Secondary School and has engaged in several volunteer and extracurricular activities, including beach cleanups, the Cape Hatteras Hatchery Program, the North Carolina State University Blue Crab Research Internship and the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles.

The federation presented the scholarship May 29 during a senior celebration at Hatteras Village Civic Center.

“Environmental sustainability needs to become more of a priority for the sake of future generations,” said Fairbanks in a statement. “I am excited to take part in making environmentally conscious changes in society and working with other like-minded people to discover ways to best reduce pollution and conserve the environment.”

The federation is using the Coastal Stewardship Scholarship to recognize students who have gone the extra mile to protect and restore our coast, according to the federation press release. Fairbanks has shown outstanding dedication to our coastal environment and plans to continue in her pursuit of a career in the marine science field.

“We were thrilled to have such a strong group of applicants for the Coastal Stewardship Scholarship this year,” said Sarah King, development director with the federation, in a statement. “After reading all the different things these students are doing for the coast; we know the future of our coast is in good hands.”

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