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Kana ’09 recognized by EPA for environmental studies excellence

Hobart Junior awarded scholarship, internship, by federal agency

Austin Kana ’09 is the recipient of a prestigious Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities Award. The scholarship is offered to 15 students nation-wide based on strong academic potential in an environmental science.

“It’s unbelievable, said Kana, who only recently discovered that he had been selected for the award. “It’s so overwhelming – I think the reality is just sinking in.

The scholarship, which totals $41,500, helps to pay for the student’s junior and senior years of undergraduate education with $20,000 in tuition assistance, $5,000 to cover fees and supplies and a $16,500 stipend.

Kana, a double major in environmental studies and public policy, impressed the EPA judges with his strong academic credentials and an essay about conservation efforts in the world’s coral reefs. “Global Warming is a real threat to coral, said Kana “it’s a habitat that’s far more vulnerable to change – an early warning about future threats.

In addition to the scholarship, Kana will spend next summer interning at an EPA facility and working on research project. While he doesn’t yet know the location of his assignment, Kana hopes to gain hands-on experience and try out a career in the sciences. “It’s the perfect test to see if this is what I want to do, he said, “I hope to be involved in EPA research and field work.

Kana developed a passion for environmental science at a young age. While still in first grade he moved to Australia on a research trip with his parents, both of whom work as marine biologists for the University of Maryland. “I’ve always been close to the water, said Kana, who is also a member of the Colleges’ sailing team. “But my time at HWS has also been really valuable – my professors have been great and it’s amazing to see how much my classes overlap. Here, you can take things from one discipline and apply them to another.

Kana is a resident of Easton, Md.