Nelson Institute student Eryne Jenkins was recently featured in On Wisconsin Magazine. The article highlights Jenkins’ journey to becoming a Badger and how scholarship opportunities have helped to shape her college experience.
Jenkins is a recipient of the spring 2021 Nelson Institute Arthur B. Sacks Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Additionally, Jenkins is also a member of the Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP). This scholarship and cohort-based program is designed for students who want to link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community.
“It’s been really monumental for me to realize there are people who are really excited to help me get to where I want to go,” Jenkins said of her scholarships and the CESP program. “Whether I pursue simply environmental studies or something else, I personally am interested in making medicine more sustainable, I think it’s been helpful that environmental studies looks at the people aspect and how people interact with the environment.”
Jenkins added, “One of the things that the CESP program helps you do is get connected to alumni and people in the community. In some ways, a degree in whatever area is useless if you don’t know how to apply it and through CESP, they are constantly encouraging us to learn how to relate our current experiences into something that we can use to make an impact.”