Student Named a 2016 Yosemite Alcoa Scholar

Fox Chapel Area High School 2015-2016 junior David Han was recently chosen to be a 2016 Yosemite Alcoa Scholar. As a scholar, David will participate in the NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program and will spend 12 days in the field at Yosemite National Park in Yosemite, California.

David is one of only 100 students worldwide chosen for the program, and his selection was based on his passion for the environment, experience in giving back to his community, and his demonstrated desire to learn in a team setting. The participating students will learn about environmental science through hands-on learning in the beautiful wilderness of Yosemite National Park this August.

The program is designed to enhance students’ abilities to address the many environmental challenges that threaten our world and community. According to David, “I’ve always enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to develop backpacking and environmental science skills in the forests of Yosemite.”

The award is sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation and NatureBridge. The Alcoa Foundation works with nonprofit organizations throughout the world and invests millions of dollars each year to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders. NatureBridge, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is based in California and its mission is to foster environmental literacy to sustain the planet.