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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Summer Derrey, WSDOT communications, 509-577-1943
Jen Watkins, I-90 Wildlife Bridges campaign coordinator, 206-940-7914
YAKIMA – The Washington State Department of Transportation and the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition are kicking off the second year of their scholarship program, asking students: “How should our future highways protect wildlife?”
Washington high school juniors and seniors interested in engineering, the environment or art may want to apply for this scholarship.
“WSDOT is making some very high-tech advances in environmental design,” said Charlie Raines, I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition director. “We hope this scholarship program will inspire future engineers, wildlife biologists or environmental advocates.”
The student that best illustrates and explains their idea will receive a $1,500 scholarship toward college from the Wildlife Bridges Coalition. The runner-up receives a $500 scholarship.
The scholarship application needs to include a model, blueprint or graphic of a wildlife crossing over a six-lane highway and an essay explaining how the model demonstrates the importance of wildlife crossings within the I-90 corridor. The essay must be no less than 500 words and may not exceed two pages. Applications must be postmarked by May 2, 2014.
Students can download applications from Washboard.org by creating a free account and search for Bridging Futures Academic Scholarship. For a wide variety of resources to help with the design and essay, students can visit the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition Web page.
Winners will be announced in early June.
WSDOT engineers are designing the first wildlife overcrossing in the state, which will be built in 2015. The structure will be located 10 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass as part of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project.
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