Environmental students awarded scholarships by the Garden Club of Dearborn

December 13, 2019

CASL seniors Chelsea Badura and Griffin Bray honored at the group’s Holly Berry Brunch

Garden Club of Dearborn scholarship recipients
Garden Club of Dearborn scholarship recipients
Environmental Studies Professor Orin Gelderloos, Chelsea Badura and Griffin Bray

Chelsea Badura and Griffin Bray, both seniors in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, were awarded scholarships at the Garden Club of Dearborn’s Annual Holly Berry Brunch on December 7. Both students are actively involved in the environmental field, both on and off campus.

Badura, an Environmental Studies major, put her education into practice this past summer by serving as an intern at the International Wildlife Refuge on the Detroit River. She has also achieved the distinguished title of Certified Interpretive Guide by the National Association for Interpretation. In this capacity, she leads groups of school students on studies of the plants, animals, and ecological principles in UM-Dearborn’s extensive Environmental Study Area. 

Bray has been involved with UM-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center since he was nine years old, as a student in the EIC’s Young Naturalist Program. Now 13 years later, he is the 2019 Honor Student of the Year in the Environmental Studies program. He aspires to have a career as an environmental interpreter, and is already well on his way because he, too, is a Certified Interpretive Guide. In addition, Bray has conducted ecological research on the very subtle variations in the location of the trees, shrubs, and ground cover vegetation of the Rouge River floodplain on the UM-Dearborn campus. He has also been involved in the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. In January, he will begin serving as an environmental interpreter at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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