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The 2017 Green Futures Scholarship application is now available! Applications are due Monday, April 24, 2017.

The 2017 Green Futures Scholarship will be announced at GHS Senior Awards Night, Saturday, May 27, 2017.


Jordan Pederson is the recipient of the 2016 Green Futures Scholarship at Grinnell High School! The award was announced May 28, 2016 at the GHS Senior Awards Night.


Allison Neeley and Ryan Nelson are the recipients of the 2015 Green Futures Scholarship at Grinnell High School! The awards were announced May 24, 2015 at the GHS Senior Awards Night.

Past Recipients of the Green Futures Scholarship


Kyle is attending Iowa State University where he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in leadership studies. A way that he is continuing with an outlook for a green future is being involved with the Clean Snowmobile Challenge Club. This is a club on campus in which they are taking an 800cc 2-stroke snowmobile donated by Polaris Industries and attempting to reduce emissions while maintaining power and performance. He has also been involved with WESO (Wind Energy Student Organization), learning about wind energy and building prototype wind turbines.

Kirk attends Iowa State University and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works part time and at the Ames Laboratory, a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. One of the projects he is working on includes researching new magnetocaloric materials to increase the efficiency of magnetic refrigeration cycles. This new technology is predicted to replace many refrigeration processes as it is nearly 30% more efficient and eliminates the need for non-environmentally friendly refrigerant fluids.

Alex attends Grinnell College and is exploring the Solar Decathlon to explore his interest in sustainability. During his time at Grinnell High School, Alex also worked at the local bicycle store and organized a "bicycle safety rodeo" for Grinnell children. Alex garnered 40 participants and distributed 15 helmets to kids that otherwise wouldn't have them! Alex is passionate about using technology and innovation, and his public speaking skills, to help create a greener future.

John attends Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and is majoring in Theatre and Educational Studies with a special focus in Social Justice and Civic Engagement. At Macalester John has been involved with the Bonner Community Scholar program and the student-run theatre group, Mac Players. John's directing work with Mac Players is leading a push towards a greener theatre; the organization is attempting to produce a show consisting only of props and costumes made from second-hand and recycled materials.

DJ was the fourth recipient of the GFS and plans to attend Oberlin College, where he will study Environmental Science and Creative Writing. He feels Environmental Science will enable him to use science to make the world a better place, and will be looking forward to making the campus greener, raising awareness about environmental issues, and inspiring people to get involved. In addition, DJ is autistic, and is a very outgoing advocate and inspiration for persons with disabilities.

Sarah attends Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and is majoring in geology where she is learning about Earth's climate in the past and present and how to combat climate change today. Sarah is also a proud member of Oberlin Student Cooperative Association, where as the elected Local Foods Representative she works to reduce carbon footprint from food miles by bringing the co-op as many locally- and ethically-sourced foods as possible. During the summer, Sarah works as a camp counselor at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, where she helps children of all ages gain an appreciation for the natural world by teaching them about the beauty of the world around them and taking them on fun camping trips in the back woods of northern Minnesota.

Sarah majors in Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Iowa and is pursuing a certificate in fundraising and philanthropy communication. She has been avidly involved in the University's Dance Marathon, the largest student-run organization on campus where she serves as Executive Development Director. The group has raised over $11 million for children's medical needs and solutions, and is working with the UI Office of Sustainability to incorporate greener practices wherever possible.

Ben received the first-ever Green Futures Scholarship! He attends Macalaster College in Minnesota, and will graduate with a major in Statistics and a minor in Environmental Studies. During his time at Macalaster, Ben compiled a report on the amount of energy saved by the campus' Eco House following a retrofit, which is featured here. He is expanding that project to examine energy usage throughout all campus housing for his capstone project.